Priors Wood Primary School

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About Priors Wood Primary School

Name Priors Wood Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr Alan Bishop
Address Cozens Road, Ware, SG12 7HZ
Phone Number 01920464135
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 203
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The school is well led by the headteacher.

With good support from the deputy headteacher, governors and the local authority, teaching has improved and as a result pupils are making good progress. Governors have effectively reviewed their practice and now provide a good level of support and challenge to school leaders. Pupils are developing good attitudes to learning.

They work hard and are keen to succeed. Pupils who have special educational needs or disability now make good progress. The careful identification of pupils is accurate and the leader uses this information well to plan support for individual pupils.

Disadvantaged pup...ils make good progress from their starting points. This is due to strong leadership, close monitoring and effective use of additional funding. The attainment of these pupils is at least the same as all pupils nationally.

In the early years, creative planning, effective teaching and close partnerships with parents ensure that all children make good progress and are well prepared for Year 1. Pupils have a good start and end to their school day. A strength of the school is the breakfast club and after-school club.

Supervising staff plan, lead and manage fun activities linked to learning new skills. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Standards in mathematics are not as good as those in reading and writing. Some teaching does not give pupils enough opportunities to make even better progress.

The way that the school checks how pupils are doing requires more consistency to be fully effective in monitoring pupil achievement. Some subject leaders have yet to have sufficient impact on improving the quality of teaching and learning.

Information about this school

This school is an average-sized one form entry primary school.

The early years consists of a nursery and a Reception class. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils for whom English is an additional language is below average and the proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is low.

The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs or disability and receive support is low. However, the proportion with education, health and care plans or statements of special educational needs is broadly average. A breakfast and after-school club is led by the school and provides before-school and end-of-school care.

The proportion of pupils eligible for pupil premium is below average. This is additional funding provided by the government to support disadvantaged pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, pupils from the armed forces and pupils who are looked after by the local authority. The school meets the current government's floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupil's progress and attainment in English and mathematics by the end of Year 6.

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