Burleigh Primary School

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About Burleigh Primary School

Name Burleigh Primary School
Website http://www.burleighschool.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr Nick Norman
Address Blindmans Lane, Cheshunt, Waltham Cross, EN8 9DP
Phone Number 01992622159
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 413
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Burleigh Primary School continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils at Burleigh Primary School enjoy their work and play.

They embody their 'MAGIC' values of motivation, aspiration, gumption, integrity and communication. These shine through from when pupils first join the school.

Pupils rise to the high expectations that staff set for them.

They experience positive relationships with staff. They turn to adults for support with any worries they have. Pupils learn how to behave and take care of each other.

Many pupils feel happy and safe in school. They warmly welcome visitors. Pupils learn about different people and culture...s.

They enjoy carefully selected story books, visitors, theme days and trips. They have a good understanding of what it means to be different. They learn to be tolerant and respectful.

Pupils compare their own hopes and dreams with opportunities for children in the wider world. They take part in aspiration assemblies where they achieve awards. They are keen achievers, and so enjoy opportunities to showcase their skills.

Through these experiences pupils learn to appreciate and pursue goals of their own.

Pupils and families benefit from personalised support. A parent who commented that leaders 'have their finger on the pulse when it comes to the needs of the children' reflects the positive culture of care.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

The school has recently improved its curriculum. The specific content to be taught is now clearly mapped out across all subjects. Where this works well, teachers link this knowledge to other lessons and subjects.

This helps pupils to revisit and remember new knowledge, vocabulary and ideas in different ways.

Typically, teachers remind pupils about what they have previously learned. They check pupils' learning at regular intervals.

They use careful questioning to encourage pupils to use and remember the important vocabulary. Therefore, many pupils successfully build their learning over time. However, some teachers do not always deliver the intended curriculum as well as they might.

Sometimes, pupils do not always benefit from the checking techniques and effective questioning that help to deepen their learning.

The school has designed its own phonics scheme. It meets the needs of all pupils.

All staff have had effective training. They teach phonics well. Teachers regularly check the sounds that pupils know.

They quickly identify those pupils who need extra help. In most cases, this extra help works. The school ensures that pupils take home books they can read with increasing independence.

This helps to foster a love of reading. Early reading is taught consistently well from the start of early years. Consequently, many pupils become fluent and confident readers.

The school identifies the needs of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) promptly. Staff devise precise plans, which outline specifically how to support pupils with SEND. This means that pupils with SEND learn the same broad curriculum.

Staff are knowledgeable and receive useful training. They provide pupils with effective, targeted help. Teachers make appropriate adaptations to their lessons.

These strategies enable pupils with SEND to learn well.

From the moment children join the Reception class, high expectations of behaviour are made clear. Most pupils behave well throughout the school.

They demonstrate good manners. In most cases, teachers create a positive atmosphere for study through clear boundaries. This helps pupils to do their best.

Pupils' attendance is good.

Pupils' broader development is well considered. There are many different activities and clubs for them to try.

These help to develop their confidence and self-esteem. Pupils have a voice. They can share their views of the school with staff.

Staff are overwhelmingly positive about working at the school. They feel valued. Everyone's views are listened to at Burleigh.

There is a caring culture of respect.

The established governing body provides appropriate support and challenge to school leaders. It has the same high ambitions for pupils.

The governing body is conscious of ensuring that staff workload and well-being are well managed.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• There are variations in how well the content is delivered in some curriculum areas.

This impacts how well some pupils are progressing. The school should provide the training and support some staff need in order to question pupils effectively and to check what pupils have learned.


When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called an ungraded inspection, and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the ungraded inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.

This is the second ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good in February 2014.

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