Hardwick and Cambourne Community Primary School

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About Hardwick and Cambourne Community Primary School

Name Hardwick and Cambourne Community Primary School
Website http://www.hardwickandcambourneprimary.co.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Ms Cate Thompson
Address Limes Road, Hardwick, Cambridge, CB23 7RE
Phone Number 01954210070
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 517 (48.4% boys 51.6% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.2
Local Authority Cambridgeshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Hardwick and Cambourne Community Primary School continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils love coming to school. They are looked after by staff and say the school is 'full of kind people'.

Pupils feel safe in school and know who to speak to if they have a problem. Relationships between staff and pupils are strong. This is because there is a culture of mutual respect between them all.

All staff expect pupils to behave well, and they do. In lessons, pupils listen carefully to adults and each other. There is a calm and purposeful atmosphere in classrooms across the school.

This helps pupils to learn well.

Pupils know about ...different forms of bullying but say it does not happen often. They say that if it does happen, it is dealt with well by adults.

Pupils of different ages get on together and play happily with one another at lunchtimes.

Pupils received a broad curriculum. They love reading and have lots of opportunities to read a range of books for pleasure and hear adults read stories and poems to them.

They have the chance, through 'golden afternoons', to try out different activities. Pupils say this time is 'amazing'. Amongst other things, they have been able to play golf, learn Japanese and work in the school garden.

It does not matter which site the pupils attend - Hardwick or Cambourne. They all receive the same high level of care, support and opportunity.

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

Hardwick and Cambourne Community Primary is a unique school.

Leaders have worked with great skill to bring together one school community across two sites. They have done this well, creating a warm and friendly environment where pupils can learn and have fun. Parents and staff see the school as a happy and safe place for pupils to be.

Leaders are determined to make sure that pupils not only learn to read, but they have a love of reading too. From the start of Reception, children learn phonics every day. Leaders set out precisely the letters and sounds that pupils need to know and remember, and the order in which they must learn them.

Pupils who find learning to read tricky are identified quickly and given extra help. Teachers carefully choose books that pupils take home to read, so they get to practise the sounds they learn in class. All of this means that pupils learn to read fluently and with confidence.

Leaders have set out the important knowledge that pupils need to know and remember across the curriculum. This means that pupils' new learning builds on what they already know and can do. For example, in art, pupils improve their ability to use shading techniques as they move through the school.

This results in pupils in Year 6 producing very high-quality portraits using sketching pencils. One pupil told the inspector, 'Our learning isn't jumbled'.

There are a small number of subjects where leaders have not yet completely finished implementing their new curriculum plans.

Although pupils still know and remember much of the curriculum in these subjects, some of their knowledge is disjointed. They do not yet develop the rich and detailed knowledge in these subjects, as they do in others.

Pupils' behaviour in and around the school is very good.

Lessons are calm and orderly, and pupils are able to learn effectively.

Leaders make sure that pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities have access to the full curriculum. Teachers know the needs of these pupils well and adapt the curriculum, or the support pupils receive, to make sure they learn as well as other pupils.

Leaders provide a range of clubs and activities for pupils to take part in. Pupils understand how people come from different backgrounds and may have different beliefs. Pupils show respect and say that, 'Everyone is included, no matter what their background'.

Teachers, and teaching assistants, have a good knowledge of the subjects they teach. This is because leaders provide regular high-quality training. The local authority also provides effective support for leaders, especially those who lead curriculum subjects.

Leaders look after staff well. Staff say they are proud to work in the school. Leaders think carefully about the workload of staff before introducing new ways of working.

Governors carry out their duties effectively. They support leaders well, but do not shy away from asking questions to provide challenge when this is needed. Governors regularly reflect on the way they do things.

They have been quick to make changes in the way they work if they realise things could be even better.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Staff receive regular and relevant training and know the local risks that pupils face.

This means there is a culture of vigilance. Staff know how to report concerns and are confident that leaders will take action if needed. Older pupils also know the risks they face, for example the effect the use of social media can have on their mental health.

When pupils do need help, leaders work effectively with outside agencies. They are quick to follow up requests for support if they do not feel that pupils are getting the help they need. Leaders make all the required checks on new staff to make sure they are safe to work in school.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In a few subjects, leaders are still in the process of implementing the curriculum. Some plans are in the early stages of development. This means that some aspects of the curriculum are not fully embedded across the school.

Pupils do not develop such a rich and detailed knowledge in these subjects as they do in others. Leaders should quickly ensure that these few areas are planned and implemented.


When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called a section 8 inspection of a good or outstanding school, because it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on a section 8 inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a section 5 inspection.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the section 8 inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the section 8 inspection as a section 5 inspection immediately.

This is the second section 8 inspection since we judged the school to be good in March 2012.

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