Rickmansworth Park Junior Mixed and Infant School

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About Rickmansworth Park Junior Mixed and Infant School


Name Rickmansworth Park Junior Mixed and Infant School
Website http://www.rickmansworthpark.herts.sch.uk
Inspections
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Miss Jane Linch
Address Park Road, Rickmansworth, WD3 1HU
Phone Number 01923770265
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 198
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Outcome

There has been no change to this school's overall judgement of good as a result of this ungraded (section 8) inspection. However, the evidence gathered suggests that the inspection grade might be outstanding if a graded (section 5) inspection were carried out now. The school's next inspection will be a graded inspection.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils at this school are warm, welcoming, and friendly. They love to talk to visitors and share their knowledge about a wide range of subjects. Even the youngest children are confident and self-reliant.

This is due to the staff's consistent approach to ensuring pupils know the rules and routines. Moreover, pupils know they ca...n seek help from adults whenever needed.

All pupils learn about children's rights, which are central to the school's values.

They know and understand that it is important to champion their beliefs. For example, the pupils have written to their local member of parliament about the need to improve the environment locally and nationally. Pupils develop a strong sense of right and wrong.

They respect others' opinions. Pupils are positive members of the school community.

Staff have high expectations of pupils.

This helps ensure that pupils behave exceptionally well. Pupils show extremely positive attitudes toward their learning, work hard, and always want to achieve their best. They achieve well in national tests and assessments.

Pupils can develop their talents and interests. This is due to the interesting clubs, visitors, and trips available. These are many and varied, but particularly support sports and music, which the school celebrates.

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

The school has a very well-developed and ambitious curriculum. This starts in the early years, where the key learning in each subject is broken down into smaller steps. This enables children to learn the basic knowledge and language that they need for future learning.

Children in Reception are well-prepared for Year 1. Older pupils learn each subject separately, but careful links between them mean pupils learn a broad, relevant body of knowledge. Pupils can confidently remember what they have learned and relate this to current issues in society.

Pupils are excited to talk about all aspects of their learning. They engage in lively and interesting debates. For example, they know that tourism in some parts of the world creates jobs for people, but can hinder and challenge the local community.

Teachers have strong subject knowledge. During lessons, they give clear explanations. They check what pupils have learned, adapting their teaching where necessary.

Well-con-sidered teaching approaches make sure that pupils remember and understand new knowledge. For instance, teachers introduce appropriate vocabulary, engage pupils in well-designed activities and teach pupils to share their thoughts and ideas with their peers. Teachers then successfully bring all these elements together to help pupils remem-ber what they have learned before and integrate it into new knowledge.

This approach is used consistently across the school. This helps pupils to achieve exceptionally well.The school prioritises reading.

Pupils' highly positive outcomes in reading reflect this. Pu-pils love to read because the school always provides books that interest them. Staff are experts in teaching reading.

They make sure pupils listen well and recap sounds accu-rately. Pupils enjoy their sessions as staff are positive and fun. This helps pupils to stay engaged and focused.

Staff make sure all pupils can keep up with reading and provide ex-tra sessions if pupils need this. Pupils read books that carefully match their phonics knowledge. This helps them practise the sounds they are learning and become fluent readers.

Pupils behave well in the classroom and at playtimes. They are respectful and listen when others share their thoughts and views. Positive behaviour begins in the early years, where children learn to follow the rules and routines quickly.

They get along well with each other and give and take well. Pupils show resilience, self-confidence, and determination when faced with new challenges.

Pupils enjoy the broad and interesting opportunities that the school provides.

These complement their learning and help pupils develop a deeper understanding of the subjects they learn. The school actively develops pupils' interests. These include art, sport, and music.

The school fosters pupils' physical and mental well-being. Pupils raise money for charity and show compassion for others. Pupils learn to be helpful citizens by taking on roles of responsibility around the school.

Leaders and governors work very well together. They have a shared vision and work effectively in partnership to further improve the school. The school addressed the areas for improvement identified at the previous inspection successfully, which has resulted in improved outcomes for pupils.

Leaders give high priority to staff well-being. Staff appreciate and benefit from the training the school provides. The school engages well with the parents.

They appreciate the support it provides for their pupil's education.

Safeguarding

The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Background

When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called an ungraded inspection, and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the ungraded inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.

This is the first ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good on 4 October 2018.

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