Henlow Church of England Academy

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About Henlow Church of England Academy

Name Henlow Church of England Academy
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Caren Earp
Address Church Road, Henlow, SG16 6AN
Phone Number 01462813733
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 9-16
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 569
Local Authority Central Bedfordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils enjoy attending this friendly and caring school. They told us that teachers want them to do well and be happy. Pupils are confident that if they need help in any way, they will get it.

Staff and pupils help new pupils to quickly become part of the school community. Pupils are polite, mature and considerate towards others.

Pupils get on well with each other and adults.

In lessons, pupils work hard and sensibly, which helps them learn. Pupils play good-naturedly with others at break- and lunchtime. Almost all pupils behave very well.

Expectations of behaviour are high. Teachers help pupils to make the right choices about how to behave.

...Leaders have created a good balance between pupils' academic and personal development.

Pupils enjoy learning a broad range of subjects. They also learn about the school's values of honesty, enthusiasm, nurture, love, originality and wisdom. Many pupils take part in the wide variety of clubs and activities held at lunchtime or after school.

All the pupils we spoke to said that bullying is rare. When it does happen, teachers deal with it quickly and well. Consequently, pupils feel safe and happy in school.

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

Leaders want all pupils to achieve their best. However, the information provided to parents and carers on the school's website about what pupils learn each year is underdeveloped. Subject leaders' planning shows what pupils should learn, and in what order, to build on what they already know.

This is done particularly well in English, geography and mathematics, although it is not as well developed in French.

Leaders' actions have addressed the issues identified by inspectors when they inspected the school in 2018. In mathematics, teachers give pupils the chance to regularly recap important ideas.

In English, pupils read a variety of different text types. Teachers make sure that pupils read and understand increasingly difficult texts as they move up the school. Pupils are encouraged to read at every opportunity.

They also get lots of opportunities to write in different styles. This contributes to pupils knowing and remembering more in these subjects. Consequently, pupils achieve well.

Teachers share ideas about what works well in their teaching. They have the knowledge and skills needed to teach a range of subjects. Teachers usually choose activities that give pupils the right level of challenge.

Occasionally they do not. Pupils' learning slows when this happens. Teachers adapt activities to meet pupils' needs, so that most pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) access the curriculum well.

The school's curriculum contributes strongly to pupils' wider personal development. Pupils learn about other cultures and beliefs in religious education (RE) and personal, social and health (PSH) education. Pupils know the similarities and differences between the major faiths.

They know why it is important to respect the views of others. Collective worship helps pupils to think about how they should treat others. Pupils are proud that last year they raised over £6,000 for charities that they chose to support.

There is a well-planned careers programme for Year 7 and Year 8 pupils. Pupils can see how what they learn in school helps prepare them for employment.

Leaders use extra money to help pupils with SEND and disadvantaged pupils play an active part in school life.

However, lack of transport means that some pupils cannot take part after school. Leaders are looking at how they can solve this problem so that more pupils can take full advantage of what the school offers.

Staff value the high-quality training and development opportunities provided by leaders.

They feel valued and enjoy working at the school. Governors, who are also trustees of the academy trust, know the school's strengths and what could be better. They have worked with school leaders to improve the quality of education since the previous inspection.

Leaders check attendance closely. Their actions have improved the attendance of disadvantaged pupils. Leaders know which pupils still need extra help to meet the high expectations of attendance and behaviour.

They ensure that pupils get this help.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Staff are well trained to recognise when pupils may be at risk of harm.

They know when and how to report any concerns. 'Nagging doubt forms' build a picture of whether minor concerns are a sign of something more serious. The safeguarding leader passes on serious concerns quickly so that pupils are kept safe from harm.

Checks to make sure that adults are suitable to work in the school are thorough. Pupils learn how to keep themselves safe from different risks. They have a very good understanding of e-safety.

This is a regular part of computing lessons, assemblies and newsletters.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

Although curriculum planning builds on previous learning and prepares pupils for the next key stage, this is less well developed in French. Pupils have had different experiences of learning a language in their previous schools, which has not been accounted for in the school's French curriculum.

Leaders need to ensure that all subject plans are of equally high quality to support teachers' planning and take account of pupils' prior learning. . Occasionally, some teachers do not make the best use of the good-quality shared resources available in the school.

All teachers should use their checks on pupils' prior knowledge to choose appropriately challenging activities. . A minority of parents of pupils with SEND do not feel that the school's provision is meeting their child's needs well enough.

This is because leaders have not clearly communicated the actions they are taking to do so. Additionally, information for all parents about what pupils learn each year lacks detail. Leaders should improve these aspects of communication so that all parents know how the school supports pupils' learning.

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