Hatfield Community Free School

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About Hatfield Community Free School

Name Hatfield Community Free School
Website http://www.hcfs.org.uk/
Ofsted Inspections
Principal Mrs Victoria Hobson
Address Briars Lane, Hatfield, AL10 8ES
Phone Number 01707276018
Phase Academy
Type Free schools
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 416
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Standards in reading, writing and mathematics are well above age-related expectations in the Reception Year and in Year 1.

This is because pupils make exceptional progress from their starting points. Teaching is outstanding. Teachers have very high expectations of what pupils can achieve and consistently teach lessons that interest, excite and inspire pupils to learn.

Senior leaders monitor the quality of teaching very thoroughly. They set ambitious targets and provide teachers with very effective support so that they can reach them. This has led to outstanding achievement for pupils.

Pupils' behaviour is impeccable. The...y thoroughly enjoy coming to school, work hard and are very keen to do well. Senior leaders have created a safe, caring and supportive school which enables pupils to thrive.

The governing body know the school very well. Governors actively support the school and rigorously monitor its work. Parents are overwhelmingly supportive of the school.

Information about this school

This school opened in September 2012 with 60 children in three Reception Year classes. In September 2013, a further 60 pupils joined the school. There are currently six classes.

The school is set to have the full primary age range by 2018. The proportion of pupils supported through the pupil premium, which is additional government funding for certain groups of pupils, is below average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is average.

The proportion of pupils supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also average. The school has already adopted the requirements of the new national curriculum, due to come into effect in September 2014. The age range of pupils in the school in 2013 meant that it was not eligible for additional government Primary Sports Funding.

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