Fleetville Infant and Nursery School

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About Fleetville Infant and Nursery School

Name Fleetville Infant and Nursery School
Website http://www.fleetvilleinfants.herts.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Jennifer Gardner
Address Royal Road, St Albans, AL1 4LX
Phone Number 01727519221
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 3-7
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 314
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils thrive in this nurturing school.

When children join the Nursery or Reception Year, well-trained staff take time to know each child's unique starting points. Consequently, children settle quickly into school life. They engage animatedly in their play and learning.

Pupils love attending this school.

An exceptionally positive atmosphere threads through all aspects of school life. Pupils treat each other with the utmost respect and kindness.

All pupils and staff bring the school values, 'the 4Bs', to life. Rewards motivate pupils to work hard. In class, pupils are eager to learn and do their best.

Personalised, high-quality, emotional sup...port is in place for any pupil who finds managing their emotions tricky.

The work to promote pupils' personal development is exemplary. Beyond the curriculum, there is a rich range of clubs, visits and other experiences.

All pupils, regardless of background, get to take part in these. Exciting books thread through the curriculum. They teach pupils about different places and people.

The personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) curriculum teaches pupils in an age-appropriate way about friendships or keeping safe. Pupils take on responsibilities through the 'caring school committee'. They raise money for local charities or make improvements around the school.

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

The school and trust have put in place a well-planned and ambitious curriculum. The curriculum starts from the Nursery and threads through, in a logical sequence, to Year 2. In the early years classes, high-quality learning experiences ensure children have exceptionally strong foundations needed for future learning.

The curriculum covers a range of interesting subjects and topics that build pupils' knowledge over time. Sketchbooks in art, for example, show that by Year 2, pupils use a range of well-learned creative techniques.

The high-quality school curriculum is underpinned by robust staff training.

Staff have excellent subject knowledge. They review their practice with peers to ensure that pupils get the best possible learning experiences. Staff check pupils' learning regularly.

They choose learning activities that build on what pupils already know and understand. Across the curriculum, pupils of all needs and abilities progress and achieve exceptionally well.

The reading curriculum is a further strength of the school.

A well-planned phonics curriculum starts as soon as children join the school. Children in the early years get to know a variety of different songs, rhymes and stories. Adults support children well to learn new words and build their communication skills.

Pupils build their reading knowledge very effectively. Many read with confidence and fluency. Staff spot any pupil who has fallen behind.

They act swiftly to help them catch up with their peers.

Staff captivate pupils' imagination through engaging storytelling. Pupils love the books that underpin the curriculum.

They read regularly themselves. The school works closely with parents, so they can further help pupils at home. Parents are overwhelmingly supportive of the school's work.

Staff know pupils well, particularly those pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). This is because the school gives staff detailed information about pupils' backgrounds and what works best for them. Staff ably adapt and craft their lessons around pupils' needs.

Pupils with SEND, like the rest of the school, learn exceptionally well.

The school's values are the backbone of school life. The school ensures that all staff know and use the most effective techniques to support pupils to behave well.

Staff nurture pupils to enable them to become resilient, independent individuals. Children in the early years are often deeply engaged with their learning. Pupils are caring and demonstrate kindness towards each other and adults.

Pupils behave incredibly well.

Pupils access a very wide range of experiences that complement the school's curriculum. The 'Junior Duke' programme, for instance, enables pupils to do something different.

It builds their character and sense of responsibility. The PSHE curriculum covers important topics. It supports pupils to build effective friendships or helps pupils to know how to keep safe.

Pupils help out in the school with reading or support their local community through fundraising. Each activity is carefully planned and mapped out. All pupils benefit from this work.

They are being well prepared for life outside of the school gates.

Trustees and the local governance committee check and monitor the quality of the school's work effectively. The school continually evaluates and reviews pupils' experiences to help improve the school further.

Workload is managed effectively so that staff can focus on getting the best out of pupils. High-quality professional development ensures that staff have the knowledge and skills to enact the school's vision of providing an excellent education for all.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

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