Harvey Road Primary School

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About Harvey Road Primary School

Name Harvey Road Primary School
Website http://www.harveyroad.herts.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr Nick Rowlands
Address Harvey Road, Croxley Green, Rickmansworth, WD3 3BN
Phone Number 01923773801
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 240
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Harvey Road is an exciting place to learn. Children develop curiosity and a keenness to learn in the early years.

This continues to develop as they get older. Pupils develop positive and meaningful relationships with staff. Pupils feel safe.

They trust adults to help them with any worries or concerns.

Pupils learn an ambitious curriculum that enables them to achieve highly. They are prepared very well for secondary school.

Pupils look forward to their lessons. They want to do well and are proud of their achievements.

Pupils develop a 'can-do' attitude.

This helps them to overcome challenges and learn from their mistakes as part of '...learning to learn.' Pupils follow the rules and routines of the school. They emulate the kindness shown to them by staff.

As pupils get older, they happily take on responsibilities around the school.

Pupils appreciate the wide range of activities available such as the art, Spanish, chess and textile clubs. Pupils can showcase their talents and interests in school concerts and sporting competitions.

School trips and visitors help pupils to learn more about the past, their community and the wider world. Visitors to the school include musicians and local councillors. The school's 'Eco-Battlers' take an active part in looking after the environment.

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

Leaders want all pupils to be the best they can, academically and personally. They have brought this vision to life by carefully designing the curriculum and ensuring that staff teach well. The curriculum sets out everything that pupils need to learn to be successful.

Pupils build a secure understanding across the range of subjects they study. They achieve very well in national tests and assessments. Pupils' work is of a high quality.

Teachers use their strong subject knowledge to explain new concepts clearly. They use a range of resources and techniques effectively to help pupils learn well. Pupils have plenty of opportunities to practise what they have learned.

Teachers quickly identify pupils' misconceptions and gaps in knowledge. They provide extra teaching so that pupils who are falling behind keep up with their peers.

Reading lessons start as soon as children join the school.

Children in the early years quickly learn all the sounds that letters make. Teachers build on this success by providing pupils with opportunities to develop fluency and confidence. Teachers give extra support to pupils who need to catch up.

Adults share their love of reading. Pupils know why reading is important. They enjoy reading about the wider world and different cultures.

Staff work together to adapt lessons and resources for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Pupils' individual plans set out small and measurable targets. Teachers regularly check pupils' progress.

They ensure that pupils with SEND get the teaching and help they need to achieve well.

Teaching in the early years is also highly effective. Staff are keenly focused on helping children to socialise well.

They regularly share new words, sentences and poems for children to learn. As a result, children learn new ways of expressing themselves.

A focus on positive behaviour permeates the school, right from the start.

In the early years, children are taught to take responsibility for their surroundings and their own learning. Pupils learn the importance of respect and kindness for everyone. Pupils take great care with their work.

It is neat and presentable. Pupils' attention to detail increases the likelihood that they will remember what they've learned. A calm and purposeful atmosphere helps pupils to learn well.

Pupils' learning is very rarely disturbed by others' behaviour. Pupils attend well. The school works with families to ensure regular attendance.

Pupils learn that it is good to be unique and that it is important to develop strength of character. The school provides many opportunities for pupils to develop new interests. For example, the weekly music appreciation assembly broadens pupils' knowledge of music, musicians and creative expression.

The school's curriculum for personal, social and health education helps pupils to learn how to keep safe and healthy. There is a strong emphasis on checking and supporting pupils' social, emotional and mental well-being. Parents speak highly about this caring school.

Governors carefully support and challenge leaders to make the school's vision a reality. The school listens carefully to staff, parents and pupils. Pupils appreciate the way their thoughts and opinions are included in decision-making.

Staff are proud to work at the school. They feel valued and work hard for the community they serve.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

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