Margaret Wix Primary School

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About Margaret Wix Primary School

Name Margaret Wix Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Claire Gibbs
Address High Oaks, St Albans, AL3 6EL
Phone Number 01727759232
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 135
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The new headteacher has effectively united staff to build on the existing strengths of the school.

Senior leaders, including governors, have effectively addressed the issues from the last inspection. They have ensured that teaching and pupils' outcomes have improved and are good. Teachers plan activities that interest and motivate pupils to learn.

Children in the early years make good progress due to good teaching. Teachers' marking of pupils' work is effective due to the consistent application of the school's policy. As a result of the support they receive, disadvantaged pupils make good progress.

Support for pupils with additio...nal learning needs, such as pupils who have special educational needs or disability and those with English as an additional language is highly effective. Their progress is rigorously monitored and, as a result, they thrive. From their starting points, pupils in Key Stage 2 make good progress.

In 2015, an above average proportion of pupils reached the expected level of attainment in reading, writing and mathematics. Pupils are well behaved, happy and proud of their school. They feel safe in school.

Safeguarding procedures are robust and effective. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Occasionally, children in the early years are left too long working on their own without adult conversation. As a result, they are not always given sufficient opportunity to explain their learning.

Although attendance is improving, there are still a few pupils whose attendance is too low. In Key Stage 1, inconsistencies in the teaching of phonics (letters and sounds) over time has resulted in the slower progress for some pupils in reading, writing and spelling.

Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school.

The proportions of pupils from minority ethnic groups and those who speak English as an additional language are above average. About half of the pupils are White British. Other pupils come from a wide range of heritages, with pupils from Asian and Asian British, mainly Bangladeshi, heritage being the largest group.

The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is above average. The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children who are looked after by the local authority. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs or disability is above the national average.

The early years provides part-time Nursery education and full-time education for children in the Reception class. Pupil mobility is high. A much larger than average proportion of children join or leave the school other than at normal times.

Many of the pupils who enter the school mid-way through the year do not speak English. The school meets the government's current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for attainment and progress by the end of Year 6. The headteacher joined the school in September 2015.

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