|Name||London Colney Primary & Nursery School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||19 September 2017|
|Address||Alexander Road, London Colney, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL2 1JG|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||162 (54% boys 46% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||16.9|
|Percentage Free School Meals||24.6%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||43.2%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||11.1%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. London Colney is a smaller than the average-sized primary school. The majority of pupils are from ethnic minority groups and the number that speak English as a second language is well above the national average. A higher proportion of pupils join or leave the school during the school year than in schools nationally. The school meets the government’s floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics at the end of Year 6. The proportion of pupils supported by pupil premium funding and those who have special educational needs is broadly in line with the national average. The headteacher has changed since the last section 5 inspection. She took up her current position in September 2016.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school The headteacher provides highly effective leadership. She, and her senior leadership team, have brought about significant improvements in pupil achievement and the quality of teaching, learning and assessment. Governors are knowledgeable and well informed about the quality of education provided. School leaders are provided with an appropriate balance of support and challenge. Leaders, teachers and support staff have benefited from high-quality training and support. This has had a very positive impact on the quality of their work. The quality of teaching, learning and assessment in reading, writing and mathematics is good. Teachers and teaching assistants are conscientious and work successfully to engage all their pupils, whatever their needs, and help them to become successful learners. Pupils have positive attitudes to learning and are keen to improve their work. Pupils’ behaviour is good. They treat others with respect, demonstrate self-confidence and welcome visitors to the school. Pupils say that they feel safe and that there are effective safeguarding procedures at the school. Pupils’ attendance continues to rise but the attendance of disadvantaged pupils remains below the national average. Outcomes for pupils have improved since the previous inspection, particularly in phonics in key stage 1 and in reading and mathematics in key stage 2. Pupils’ progress in writing is not as strong as their progress in reading and mathematics. Children’s achievement in the early years has improved steadily since the previous inspection and was above the national average in 2017. Pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities are supported well and make good progress. Pupil’s spiritual, moral and social development is well provided for. Pupils have a good understanding of the different major faiths in Britain. Leaders have made appropriate amendments to the wider curriculum. The delivery of this curriculum is variable across some of the subject areas.