Chambersbury Primary School

Name Chambersbury Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 14 March 2013
Address Hill Common, Bennetts End, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP3 8JH
Phone Number 01442256435
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 215 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.4
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 16%
Percentage English is Not First Language 16.3%
Persisitent Absence 10.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 22.8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic heritage is above average, although the proportions who speak English as an additional language and those at the early stage of learning English are broadly average. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for children in local authority care and pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, is above that found nationally. The proportion of pupils who are disabled or have special educational needs and are supported at school action is average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The proportion of pupils who join or leave partway through the school year is above average. Since the last inspection, the school has had significant staff changes. The teachers of the Year 1 and Year 5 classes took up their posts in September 2012. The school meets the government’s current 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 make good progress in all year groups and achieve well in English and mathematics. Pupils enjoy school and have positive attitudes to their learning. In this supportive and encouraging environment, they feel safe and confident. Staff make their expectations for work and behaviour clear and manage lessons effectively, so pupils behave well. Pupils’ work is marked regularly, and they understand the colour-coded system that shows what they need to do to improve their work. Pupils enjoy reading. They develop good reading skills across the school. The headteacher has high expectations of the teachers. Inadequate teaching has been tackled, performance has been checked regularly and teachers have been supported to improve their skills. As a result teaching and learning are good across the school, and some of the teaching is outstanding. Teachers form good working relationships with their classes. The good leadership and management of the headteacher and the governing body have enabled the school to improve in many important areas of its work since its previous inspection. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Some teachers are not checking regularly on pupils’ learning enough to address any underachievement rapidly. Pupils are not given enough opportunities to apply the skills they learn in numeracy in other subjects. Sometimes the more-able pupils are not given work that gets the best out of them. Some pupils make slower progress in writing because of weaknesses in their spelling and handwriting, and not enough opportunities to edit and improve their writing.