Chater Infant School

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About Chater Infant School

Name Chater Infant School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Amrit Bal-Richards
Address Chater Infant School, Southsea Avenue, Watford, WD18 7RD
Phone Number 01923221060
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 3-7
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 221
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher and leadership team are accomplished experts in education. They have exceptionally high ambitions for their staff and pupils and have delivered impressive improvements to the school.

The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is good and improving. Leaders ensure that they sustain practice where it is strong and bring about improvements where it is not. Leaders have created an inclusive school that works very well with the local community.

The broad and balanced curriculum that leaders have created ensures that pupils, regardless of background, are ready for the next steps in their education. Disadvantaged pupils and... pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) make good progress. The use of support assistants is highly effective.

Governors provide excellent support and challenge to leaders and hold them clearly to account. Safeguarding is effective. Leaders have ensured that staff are alert to the risks and signs of harm and act effectively when concerns arise.

Skilful teaching of mathematics leads to exceedingly strong outcomes. Pupils apply their sophisticated understanding of mathematics to real situations very well. Consequently, outcomes in mathematics are very strong.

Pupils' writing across the curriculum is strong, with excellent handwriting, presentation and sophisticated use of language. Pupils work hard in lessons. They are well behaved and take responsibility in their learning, at playtime and while moving about the school.

Teachers do not always provide enough challenge in subjects other than writing and mathematics. This limits some pupils from taking next steps in their learning, including the most able, and occasionally results in distracted behaviour. Children in the early years make good progress from their starting points.

Although rising, attainment in the early years is not yet in line with national expectations. Occasionally, children are not given enough challenge to ensure that they make the progress they should.

Information about this school

Chater Infant School is smaller than the average-sized primary school.

The senior leadership team is made up of the headteacher, the deputy headteacher and the assistant headteacher, who is also the SENCo. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is higher than the national average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is below average and the proportion of pupils who have an education, health and care plan is slightly higher than the national average.

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