Samuel Lucas Junior Mixed and Infant School

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About Samuel Lucas Junior Mixed and Infant School

Name Samuel Lucas Junior Mixed and Infant School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Miss Helen Brind
Address Gaping Lane, Hitchin, SG5 2JQ
Phone Number 01462456737
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 421
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils thrive at this vibrant school. They are proud to be part of the Samuel Lucas community and come to school happily every day.

Adults are highly ambitious for every pupil. They expect pupils to work hard and behave well. Adults make these expectations clear with kindness and consistency.

Lessons are fun, and this motivates pupils to try their very best. They listen attentively and are eager to learn. Pupils achieve very well.

This includes pupils who are disadvantaged and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

There are many high-quality activities that enrich pupils' time at school. All pupils learn to play a musical i...nstrument.

They take part in rich musical experiences, such as a gala at the Royal Albert Hall. Pupils are encouraged to be as active as possible at breaktimes. The sports leaders lead a popular weekly dance session on the playground.

Pupils celebrate difference and treat others with respect. They know the many ways in which people are different. They learn important values of kindness, perseverance, and resilience, which they show in their everyday lives.

Adults encourage them to have high aspirations. Pupils are extremely well prepared for their future lives.

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

Everyone in the school community, including the governing body, is determined to give every pupil the best chance to succeed.

To this end, the school's curriculum is meticulously planned. It is highly ambitious. The curriculum sets out the essential knowledge and skills pupils need to learn at each stage of their education.

It is carefully sequenced so that pupils build their learning over time. Consequently, pupils learn exceptionally well.

The school regularly reviews the curriculum.

Swift action is taken when areas for improvement are identified. Similarly, teachers check pupils' learning frequently in lessons. They deal effectively with any misconceptions that arise.

They adjust their teaching or put support in place if they spot pupils who are struggling or do not understand.

Pupils with SEND learn the same ambitious curriculum as their peers. The school puts precise plans in place to support them.

Staff, parents and pupils regularly review these plans to ensure they are meeting pupils' needs. Teachers are adept at adapting the learning for pupils with SEND so that they can succeed.

Children in the early years get off to a great start.

During a thoughtfully planned transition period, they build trusting relationships with adults and with each other. As a result, children feel happy and safe. They quickly become confident, curious learners, keen to explore the stimulating early years environment.

Teachers have good subject knowledge. They present new information clearly and devise engaging tasks that enthuse pupils. Pupils have highly positive attitudes.

They love to talk about their learning. Pupils from the Reception class to Year 6 are encouraged to think critically. Many can describe the progress they make from one lesson to another.

Reading is a high priority. Highly skilled adults teach early reading effectively. They ensure that those pupils who require extra help get the support they need.

Pupils quickly become confident, fluent readers. Teachers promote a love of reading by sharing high-quality texts with all pupils. Reading lessons in key stage 2 enable pupils to explore authors' intentions, deepen their understanding of texts and extend their vocabulary.

Pupils' conduct around the school is exemplary. The calm, purposeful atmosphere in classrooms is highly conducive to learning. In the playground, pupils mix happily.

Pupils support each other. They enjoy celebrating one another's achievements.

The school develops pupils into well-rounded young people who are ready for life in modern Britain.

From the early years onwards, pupils learn about healthy lifestyles and positive relationships in an age-appropriate way. In religious education, pupils learn about tolerance by exploring the differences and similarities between major faiths. They grow as active citizens by fundraising for local and national charities.

Older pupils have leadership roles. These include reading ambassadors, sports leaders and school councillors. They form part of the school's excellent education programme for building pupils' character.

Throughout the school, there is a culture of high expectations and ambition for all. Senior leaders drive this. They are supported, and challenged, by an experienced and knowledgeable governing body.

The extent to which staff share leaders' vision is remarkable. Staff are proud to work at the school. They feel valued and know that their well-being is taken seriously.

They are offered an extensive range of professional development opportunities. These are purposefully planned so that pupils get the best possible educational experience.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

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