|Name||Chambersbury Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||14 March 2013|
|Address||Hill Common, Bennetts End, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP3 8JH|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||215 (49% boys 51% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||19.4|
|Percentage Free School Meals||16%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||16.3%|
|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.