|Name||Icknield Infant and Nursery School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Address||Archers Way, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 4UN|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||250 (52% boys 48% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||17.8|
|Percentage Free School Meals||29.2%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||10.1%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||14%|
|Catchment Area Indicator Available||Yes|
|Last Distance Offered Available||No|
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (15 January 2014)
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Information about this school
This is a larger than the average-sized infant school. The large majority of pupils come from White British backgrounds, with the remainder coming from a range of minority ethnic groups. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium (additional government funding which in this school supports pupils known to be eligible for free school meals) is well above average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is well below average. The proportion supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is well above average. There is a Children’s Centre managed by the governing body on site, which is subject to a separate inspection. The school belongs to the Letchworth Partnership of Schools, a partnership of all local maintained schools, three children’s centres, the local City Heritage Foundation and The North Herts & Stevenage Integrated Services for Learning Team. Since the time of the previous inspection there has been a large turnover of staff. Most middle leaders and the new deputy headteacher took up their posts in September 2013.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Since the previous inspection, the quality of teaching, achievement, pupils’ behaviour, attendance and leadership have improved. The headteacher and her new deputy work very well together. They have the full support of the staff in improving all aspects of the school’s work. Staff readily respond to the good quality training opportunities and other initiatives which are helping the school to move forward at a good pace. Teaching is good. This is having a very positive impact on pupils’ increasingly successful learning. Pupils achieve well. They make good progress from their low starting points when they join the Early Years Foundation Stage to reach average standards at the end of Year 2. Pupils feel safe because they know they are well cared for. They behave well and have good attitudes to learning. Governance has improved and is now good. Governors check the work of the school regularly and provide strong challenge and support. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teaching is not yet strong enough to ensure that pupils make outstanding progress. Occasionally, teachers do not make sure that pupils get on with their work as soon as they are instructed to. In a few instances, pupils do not produce the amount of work of which they are capable. Intermittently, teaching assistants do not support learning effectively throughout lessons. Although they have made a good start and are contributing well to improvements, some of the new middle leaders do not check the work of their colleagues closely enough to ensure that they help pupils make rapid progress across their subjects.