Sheredes Primary School

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About Sheredes Primary School

Name Sheredes Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Mary Childs
Address Benford Road, Hoddesdon, EN11 8LL
Phone Number 01992465154
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 458
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

There are the highest ambitions for all pupils at Sheredes Primary.

This is seen throughout the diverse, rich curriculum that underpins pupils' learning. Lessons give pupils a strong, growing body of knowledge over time. They also establish clear links to international themes, including an exposure to a range of languages.

As a result, all pupils make strong progress from their starting points. They achieve highly by the end of their time in primary school. This includes pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

Pupils' experiences go well beyond the academic curriculum. A meticulously planned programme of extra-curricular opportunitie...s contributes significantly to pupils' development. This includes the chance for all pupils to learn to play a stringed instrument.

Pupils also encounter a wide range of meaningful books, which can be found in all classrooms. These texts help pupils to explore important issues, such as equality and identity.

From the moment children join the school in Nursery, there is a focus on children following reliable routines.

This helps all pupils to develop responsibility for their own behaviours as they grow. As a result, pupils across the school demonstrate impressive levels of self-control. Incidents such as bullying are very rare.

Pupils are encouraged to share worries with adults in school. They know staff are quick to respond to any individual concerns they might raise.

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

Leaders root all actions in one simple principle: that school should be the best place possible for all pupils to learn and grow.

The commitment to this vision is shared by all governors and staff. Consequently, every single pupil benefits from the outstanding quality of education. This is embodied through the commitment to the four school values, kindness, fearlessness, confidence and resilience.

Leaders promote these, and they are brought to life by pupils of all ages.

Leaders have established a broad and ambitious curriculum. This is planned from the early years and is precise about the wide range of knowledge pupils will learn.

Staff have high expectations for all pupils. This ensures that pupils learn to automatically recall the knowledge they need to succeed. Staff are skilled and accurately identify barriers to learning that exist for any pupil.

They create precise plans to provide tailored and highly effective support for pupils with SEND.

Highly consistent and effective classroom learning is a core feature in the school. This is achieved through the systematic and ongoing investment in the expertise of staff.

Teachers have consistently strong knowledge to teach all subjects in the curriculum well. Their skill also enhances pupils' opportunity to develop wider attributes. These include pupils' confidence to speak aloud and ask intelligent questions.

Teachers regularly check that pupils can recall what they have learned.They are expert at adapting future lessons to address any content that would be helpful to revisit.

Throughout the curriculum, reading has a very high priority.

This begins in Nursery, where staff skilfully engage children in early communication skills. In phonics, pupils quickly gain confidence to use and apply the knowledge they need to read fluently. If pupils are at risk of falling behind, adults provide them with extra practise, and they quickly catch up.

Pupils enjoy the opportunity to read aloud by using books that accurately match their abilities. Adults' passion for reading saturates the curriculum. This inspires pupils' own high levels of interest, and they read regularly for pleasure.

Pupils learn to appreciate a wide range of cultural disciplines. This includes the opportunity to study a range of artforms, including opera and photography. This contributes to pupils' wider perspectives of the world and their high ambitions for what they can achieve in the future.

Exposure to relevant social issues starts in the early years. This is exemplified by children in the Reception Year, who learn to care for the planet. They can accurately explain issues such as pollution and suggest the possible solutions to which they can contribute.

Pupils show impressive levels of respect, both to staff and their peers. This means that classrooms are environments of focused, purposeful learning. Pupils learn to be empathetic and considerate of others' needs.

They learn to use effective strategies to manage any anxieties. They share this advice to help others.

Leaders' regular and thorough evaluation supports them to strive for the very best.

This includes governors, who have a fierce commitment to ensuring that all pupils thrive. They maintain a robust oversight of resources, and they are mindful of the well-being of staff. This ensures that pupils continue to access high-quality experiences, without limit.

Governors also champion the values of diversity and inclusion, ensuring that these are at the heart of all decisions.

Parents consistently express high praise for the school. They value the care and determination shown by staff at all levels.

They acknowledge the exceptional quality of education their children access.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders have established a strong culture of safeguarding.

They ensure that all mandatory checks are completed on staff and volunteers working with children. They provide adults with training to ensure that they fulfil their responsibilities effectively.

A clear system for sharing information and concerns is in place.

This enables leaders to consider the needs of individual children, drawing on a wide range of information.As a result, leaders act swiftly and with determination to ensure that the right support is provided to keep pupils safe.

Pupils learn a wide range of knowledge across the curriculum to help them make safe choices, including when using the internet.

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