Roundwood Primary School

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About Roundwood Primary School

Name Roundwood Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Kate Hooft
Address Roundwood Park, Harpenden, AL5 3AD
Phone Number 01582460756
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 332
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils in Year 6 have the chance to become 'big friendly giants'. This reflects the friendly, supportive nature of the school. Older pupils want to support younger pupils and make sure they are happy.

Pupils are kind, considerate and respect their friends and adults. Pupils use kind words; they make sure no one is lonely or left out when playing outdoors. Pupils enjoy coming to school.

Pupils say that bullying is rare. If bullying does occur, they know that an adult will quickly sort it out.

Pupils learn strategies to manage their own behaviour.

Staff have high expectations that pupils will be polite, well-mannered and work hard. Pupils behave well. ...They work in a calm, positive atmosphere and are learning how to be increasingly independent.

Pupils benefit from the high expectations that teachers have for them. They like the challenging work teachers set them and enjoy learning new things.

Parents feel that the school provides very positive experiences for their children.

They feel that leaders have high expectations for behaviour and the quality of education.

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

Leaders have clearly set out what they expect pupils to learn. Recently, the diversity of pupils coming to the school has changed.

Leaders know this and have skilfully adapted the curriculum, maintaining the highest expectations for all pupils. Pupils learn about things that excite and motivate them. They can talk articulately about things they have learned.

They are excited to share knowledge and debate ideas with their friends.

Leaders have prioritised areas of the curriculum that they feel will support pupils most effectively. This has been particularly important since all pupils returned to school in September.

Leaders have checked carefully where there are gaps in pupils' learning. To make sure pupils do not fall behind, leaders have reordered and revisited parts of the curriculum. This is helping pupils catch up with the important knowledge they may have missed because of the pandemic, particularly in English and mathematics.

The curriculum is adapted well to meet the needs of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). The special educational needs coordinator (SENCo) works closely with staff to ensure that pupils with SEND have the support they need to be successful in school. All pupils are well prepared for their next stage of education.

Leaders make sure that all pupils have access to a high-quality reading curriculum. From the early years, pupils receive precise, accurate teaching. Pupils quickly gain the knowledge they need to become confident, fluent readers.

Leaders carry out regular checks to ensure that pupils are on track with their reading. They ensure that any pupil who may be at risk of falling behind receives the support they need to catch up quickly. Teachers carefully match books to the knowledge pupils have.

Pupils are guided by teachers to read books that help develop their love of reading.

Subject leaders know what they want the pupils to learn. They have plans in place to help pupils develop suitable knowledge in most subjects.

However, in some subjects, further staff training is required to make sure that the curriculum is fully connected from early years foundation stage (EYFS) to Year 6. At present, what pupils achieve across the curriculum, in different subjects, is variable.

Leaders ensure that the curriculum supports pupils' personal development well.

Pupils can talk about how school helps prepare them for a changing world. Pupils understand that others may come from different backgrounds and have had different experiences. Pupils know about healthy relationships.

Leaders have skilfully adapted the relationships and sex education curriculum. This means that pupils are taught the right things at the right time, appropriate to their age. Pupils learn how to stay healthy.

Pupils learn strategies to help them manage their own emotions and behaviour.

Governors have a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities. They ensure that, through their work, leaders make a positive difference to the quality of education pupils receive.

There have been many recent changes to the governing body. Effective induction and training have enabled new governors to understand school priorities quickly. Governors assure themselves that systems to safeguard pupils and staff are robust.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders have put in place clear, robust systems to ensure that they do everything they can to keep pupils safe. Records are well maintained, comprehensive and monitored by a range of leaders for quality assurance.

The designated safeguarding leaders work diligently to track and monitor all potential concerns. Leaders work effectively with other agencies to ensure that children and families get the support they need.

Leaders have created a strong culture of safeguarding.

Staff receive regular training. This keeps their knowledge up to date. Staff understand their roles and responsibilities, as well as the school's procedures for reporting concerns.

Staff are alert to any signs of concern. The curriculum helps pupils learn what they need to do to help keep themselves safe, including when online.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Curriculum plans in some subjects are not fully embedded from EYFS to Year 6.

This means that teachers are not always clear about what to plan, based on what pupils have learned before. Pupils do not develop the rich knowledge that will deepen and secure their understanding in these subjects. Leaders need to make sure that subject-specific training helps staff to plan to a consistently high level across the curriculum.

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