Christ Church Primary School, Hampstead

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About Christ Church Primary School, Hampstead

Name Christ Church Primary School, Hampstead
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Katy Forsdyke
Address Christ Church Hill, London, NW3 1JH
Phone Number 02074351361
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary aided school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 192
Local Authority Camden
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils and their parents and carers are overwhelmingly positive about the school, and rightly so. Christ Church Primary provides an education for its pupils that is exceptional in every way.

Everything that happens in the school is deliberate and every action has a purpose.

Pupils said, without hesitation, that they feel safe in school. They said this is because there are always adults around to talk to.

The school promotes pupils' safety rigorously. This ensures that pupils are kept safe.

One of the school's many strengths is the systematic way it ensures that all decisions benefit pupils' education.

For example, subjects are interwoven sea...mlessly with extra-curricular activities, visits and events. Activities are chosen to benefit pupils' learning and, while they are enjoyed hugely by pupils, they all have an educational purpose.

Pupils' behaviour is impeccable.

Pupils are highly respectful of others and listen carefully to their teachers. At the same time, they are encouraged to be independent and creative, contributing their own ideas to their work.

The high-quality curriculum is at the heart of the school's work.

It exemplifies how attention to detail is used to ensure that every pupil, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), gets the very best education possible.

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

The bedrock of the school's excellence is the highly ambitious curriculum. It has been honed over the years to ensure that pupils gain the knowledge and skills that they need to succeed.

The thinking that goes into devising this curriculum is both profound and pragmatic. Staff use up-to-date and credible research to keep the curriculum, and its implementation in the classroom, sharp. The curriculum goes well beyond national expectations so that pupils' learning is both broad and deep.

Key to this learning, and to the planning that goes behind it, is the expertise of staff. They understand the subjects they teach in the fullest sense. Staff know the nuances of the subject content and how different bits of knowledge fit together to ensure high-quality outcomes.

In art, for example, pupils are taught techniques and skills as a prelude to more advanced work. This sequencing of activities extends to all subjects, including history, music, physical education and design and technology. Pupils learn the essential knowledge and skills they need to tackle increasingly complex and demanding work.

The carefully planned curriculum goes hand in hand with the highly effective way it is translated into classroom practice. Staff check that pupils remember what they have learned in the past and can apply it new topics and ideas. These checks allow misconceptions or gaps in learning to be picked up quickly and dealt with effectively.

This ensures that the needs of disadvantaged pupils, including those with SEND, are identified swiftly and that support is well targeted. The excellent provision for pupils with SEND is one of the school's many strengths.

The school puts early reading, and reading for pleasure, at the heart of its work.

All the staff are trained to use the phonics programme, which is applied consistently from the start of Reception. By the end of Year 1, pupils use their phonics knowledge to read with increasing fluency. This is built on as pupils get older, with a deliberate focus on reading often and widely.

Visits to a local bookshop and buying books for pupils ensure that everyone gets the same high-quality provision. As a result, pupils read fluently and accurately.

The early years curriculum is tied closely to the rest of the school's programme.

It is exceptionally well considered and planned. Routines and expectations are high. The curriculum provides children with a thorough grounding, ensuring that they move smoothly into Year 1.

Staff track children's learning rigorously, checking the development of their skills and providing additional support where needed. As a result, all children achieve very well.

Pupils' personal development is given the same high priority as their academic learning.

The excellent personal, social and health education programme promotes pupils' understanding of areas such as democracy, ethics and keeping healthy and safe. The wide range of extra-curricular activities, including sport and trips to places such as Buckingham Palace and museums, contribute hugely to pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Leadership is methodical and reflective.

Everyone is involved in helping to take the school forward, from teachers and support staff to parents and governors. No stone is left unturned in finding a better way of doing things. The work to secure teachers' well-being, and to ensure that their workload is manageable, is innovative.

The constant refinement of the curriculum and the uncompromising focus on learning contribute to ensuring that pupils' attendance is strong and that they achieve the highest outcomes. Pupils are fully prepared for life in modern Britain.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

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