St Andrew’s CofE Primary School and Nursery


Name St Andrew’s CofE Primary School and Nursery
Website http://www.standrews236.herts.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 12 February 2014
Address Tower Hill, Much Hadham, Hertfordshire, SG10 6DL
Phone Number 01279842626
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 211 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.7
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 6.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 7.1%

Information about this school

This is an average-sized primary and nursery school. Most of the pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported at school action, school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs are all below average. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for children in local authority care and pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, is below average. The school manages a breakfast club for a small number of its pupils. The school meets the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils achieve high standards in reading, writing and mathematics. Because teaching has improved and learning is carefully monitored, the proportion of pupils making better than expected progress is rising. The headteacher, ably supported by the deputy headteacher, provides passionate and determined leadership. Regular checks on teaching and creative approaches to developing its quality mean that it is almost all securely good and an increasing amount is outstanding. Reading is effectively taught throughout the school. Pupils are immersed in literature at all ages. They read well because of the excellent start they make in phonics (the linking of sounds and letters) and understanding stories. This is built on carefully in Key Stage 1. Pupils work hard in lessons and are well mannered and polite around school. They say they feel safe because of the trust they have in the adults who work at this caring and reflective school. Children make good or outstanding progress in the Early Years Foundation Stage because staff work together well to nurture them and to provide enriching learning activities. Developments in the teaching of mathematics have improved pupils’ calculation skills. They use these well to solve challenging problems. Governance is a strength. Governors understand the school’s data well and use their knowledge to ensure effective targeting of resources to bring about improvement. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teachers do not consistently ensure that pupils act on the advice they receive from the marking of their work. In some lessons pupils, particularly the most- able, are not effectively challenged to make the rapid progress they are capable of.