Flamstead Village School

Name Flamstead Village School
Website http://www.flamsteadjmi.herts.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 15 July 2014
Address Trowley Hill Road, Flamstead, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 8DL
Phone Number 01582840385
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 108 (62% boys 38% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.1
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 5.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 6.5%
Persisitent Absence 3.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 13.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is smaller than most primary schools. Almost all pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for funding through the pupil premium is low. This is additional government funding which, in this school, supports pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is well-below average and falling. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is average and rising. The school operates four mixed-age classes. The school has experienced considerable changes of teaching staff since the previous inspection, although the team of teaching assistants has remained largely unchanged. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress by the end of Year 6 in English and mathematics.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher has skilfully led the school through a period of rapid improvement since its previous inspection. She has been determined to improve teaching and its impact on pupils’ progress. The governing body has become better at checking the school’s performance and helping it plan to improve further. Teaching is now good and improving and as a result progress is good and more even across the school. Attainment is rising in all subjects. The skilled team of teaching assistants make a significant contribution to learning in general and to the progress of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs. Pupils conduct themselves exceptionally well at all times. They are very polite and well-mannered and show adults and each other great respect. Pupils are very keen to learn and to do well. Their great enjoyment of all that the school has to offer is shown in their well above average attendance. The safety and welfare of the pupils is of the highest priority for staff and governors. Pupils say they feel safe and their parents agree. The children’s experiences in the Nursery and Reception have been transformed. They now learn and make good progress in a richly resourced and exciting environment. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Changes of teaching staff have limited the support subject leaders give the headteacher in driving improvement in their areas of responsibility. At times teachers do not check pupils’ understanding so they can adapt their teaching and the work they set. Children in the Nursery and Reception are not given enough opportunities to develop their writing skills, including by having good writing demonstrated and talking through their ideas first. Although marking has improved in the guidance it provides for pupils on how to improve their work, not all staff use it consistently. Teachers do not always check that pupils have read and acted on their guidance.