Morgans Primary School & Nursery

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About Morgans Primary School & Nursery

Name Morgans Primary School & Nursery
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Headteacher Helen Melidoro
Address Morgans Road, Hertford, SG13 8DR
Phone Number 01992582162
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 347
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils are proud to attend their school.

They are confident and happy individuals. Pupils understand and try to live up to the school's 'learning powers'. These qualities help pupils build resilience, improve their learning and acquire other key qualities that develop strength of character.

Pupils strive to do their best with their learning in response to teachers' expectations.

Pupils usually respond well to staff's high expectations for behaviour. They follow the school rules and are considerate of each other and staff.

This creates an environment where all pupils are safe. Pupils, generally, have good manners. They show visitors kindness, for exam...ple by asking if they are having a good day and holding doors open.

Pupils learn about and understand differences. They learn how to understand and celebrate other religions and cultures. As a result, pupils show a great deal of respect for others in their actions and words.

Pupils learn about healthy relationships. They also have considerable knowledge about how to stay physically healthy.

Pupils have opportunities to take on extra responsibilities.

They like to improve the school and help others. For instance, the eco-club members ensure that the school has recycling bins as pupils are keen to protect the environment.

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

Subject plans are well ordered and develop logically.

The plans begin in the early years. This ensures that pupils are well prepared for learning in key stages 1 and 2. Some curriculum plans are further developed than others.

In many subjects, teachers have detailed information about what to teach. They also know how and when to make links to what pupils have previously studied. Teachers have strong subject knowledge.

They explain the learning clearly to pupils, who confidently carry out the well-planned activities. Consequently, in these subjects, pupils remember and retain the knowledge that the school intends and achieve well.

In a few foundation subjects, the school's curriculum plans are not as well developed.

They lack detail and clarity. Due to this, teachers do not know precisely what to teach and when to make links to prior learning. Pupils are learning new knowledge, but they are not able to remember and use it as confidently.

In the early years, children learn to express themselves competently. Well-devised activities help them to develop their language skills. This provides the building blocks that enable pupils to learn to read and write when they are older.

Pupils learn an effective phonics programme. This starts in Nursery, where children learn to recognise and recall letter sounds. In Reception, children learn to blend sounds together to enable them to read words.

Teachers regularly check pupils' phonics knowledge. Pupils who have gaps in their knowledge, or pupils who are not reading fluently, receive precise support to help them catch up. Pupils read books that match the sounds they know.

As a result, pupils become proficient and confident readers.In the past, pupils have not achieved as well as they should have in writing. The school has swiftly improved pupils' writing, particularly with regard to language choice.

This benefits the quality of their work in other subjects. However, some teachers do not check for and address pupils' misconceptions during some writing tasks. As a result, pupils carry on making these errors.

This negatively impacts the quality of pupils' written work.The school accurately identifies the needs of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Skilled staff support pupils with SEND in the classroom with adaptations that precisely meet each pupil's needs.

As a result, pupils with SEND successfully access the same curriculum as their classmates and achieve well.

Pupils behave well, especially during lessons. This means all pupils can listen to staff and each other without distraction.

They can complete learning activities in calm classrooms. Children in the early years learn to manage themselves. They understand how their actions can affect others.

Pupils get on well with each other. On the whole, pupils are considerate to others. When some pupils need additional help with their behaviour, adults give them clear guidance.

Pupils benefit from a well-considered personal development programme. They also enjoy a range of extra-curricular clubs. The personal, social and health education (PSHE) curriculum teaches pupils how to develop into well-rounded, confident and independent individuals.

It helps them to be well prepared for the next stage in their learning.

Governors perform checks to ensure that leaders carry out their duties effectively. For instance, governors ensure the school has a robust safeguarding culture.

Staff value the support provided by senior leaders and are proud to work at the school.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In a few subjects, staff do not have the guidance they need to know the exact knowledge they must teach and how this links to past learning.

This means that pupils do not learn all the knowledge that leaders intend. The school should ensure that teachers have the necessary guidance to enable them to plan activities and sequences of lessons that precisely identify the knowledge that pupils need to learn. ? Staff do not always identify and address pupils' misconceptions effectively.

As a result, pupils remain uncertain about key aspects of the curriculum, such as writing conventions. This means that pupils persist in using misconceptions and cannot express their learning with clarity in some subjects. The school must ensure that staff identify and address misconceptions effectively in all subjects.

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