Prae Wood Primary School

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About Prae Wood Primary School

Name Prae Wood Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Jenny Sheppard
Address King Harry Lane, St Albans, AL3 4HZ
Phone Number 01727751930
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 442
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher provides exceptional leadership. Her unwavering commitment has ensured that there is a strong and effective collaborative culture.

Together, leaders have created a highly inclusive and nurturing culture where pupils thrive, especially in their personal, social and emotional development. Governors have a thorough understanding of the school's strengths. They provide strong challenge by holding school leaders to account for the school's performance.

Leaders have established a rich and varied curriculum. Pupils become experts in different subjects, helping them to develop a range of skills. Teaching is effective throughout th...e school.

However, some teachers are not as adept at challenging pupils' learning by moving them on in a timely manner. Pupils' behaviour is exemplary. They are extremely well mannered and sensitive to the needs of others.

The provision for pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding. Teachers plan interesting activities that engage pupils in their learning, enabling them to make good or better progress. Effective teaching of phonics provides a good platform for pupils' reading.

Over time, pupils make strong progress by developing a love of reading. Disadvantaged pupils and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are making good progress as a result of the targeted support they receive. Children in the early years make a flying start to their education.

They excel in the precisely planned provision. Parents are highly supportive of the school's leadership and the care shown to pupils by all the staff. Pupils are now making stronger progress in mathematics.

However, some teachers do not provide sufficient opportunities for pupils to develop their mastery of mathematics through using reasoning skills.

Information about this school

This primary school is a larger than an average-sized primary school. The new headteacher was appointed in September 2018.

In recent years, the school has been expanded so that it has doubled in size. A significant number of pupils joined the school at times that were different from the normal admission times. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is below the national average.

The proportion of pupils with SEND is below the national average. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The school is responsible for managing a breakfast and after-school club on the school site.

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