Sauncey Wood Primary School

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About Sauncey Wood Primary School

Name Sauncey Wood Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Miss Eileen Anderson
Address Pickford Hill, Harpenden, AL5 5HL
Phone Number 01582621514
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 192
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school.

Most pupils make good progress and some do exceptionally well at Key Stage 2. The school provides outstanding support to pupils who need extra help with their learning. This aspect of the school's work is led extremely well.

Teaching is good and there are some outstanding elements, especially in Years 5 and 6. Pupils behave well and feel safe in school. They have good attitudes to learning.

Teaching and learning are good in the base for pupils with speech, language and communication difficulties. The school works well in partnership with parents. It has some excellent links with other agencies and therapists.

Senior lea...ders and the governing body provide good leadership. They have made sure that good achievement and teaching have been maintained since the previous inspection. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Occasionally, teachers give pupils work that is too hard for some or too easy for others.

At times, teachers concentrate too closely on the group of pupils they are working with and do not check how well the rest of the class is doing. Some pupils find it difficult to use their knowledge of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division when solving problems in mathematics. Subject leaders do not all contribute fully to school improvement.

Information about this school

This is a smaller than average-sized primary school although numbers have increased since the previous inspection. There has been an increase in the proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds and this is now broadly average, though fewer pupils speak English as an additional language than in schools nationally. The proportion of pupils for whom the school receives the pupil premium is above average.

(This is additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and looked after children.) The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is below average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is well above average.

The school has specially resourced provision for pupils with special educational needs. This provides for up to 10 pupils in Years 3 to 6 who have a statement for their speech, language and communication difficulties. There are currently eight pupils in the base.

The school meets the government's current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils' attainment and progress. At the time of the inspection, the headteacher was absent and the school was being led by the assistant headteacher. Breakfast and after-school clubs are provided on the school premises but these are separately registered and, therefore, inspected separately.

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