|Name||St Andrew’s Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School, Hitchin|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Address||Benslow Lane, Hitchin, SG4 9RD|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||269 (43.1% boys 56.9% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||25.1|
|Percentage Free School Meals||7.1%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||11.6%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||6.2%|
|Catchment Area Indicator Available||Yes|
|Last Distance Offered Available||No|
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (26 September 2018)
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Information about this school
St Andrew’s Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School is average in size. However, it has a large community Nursery for three-year-olds, which runs two sessions – one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Two thirds of the children enter other schools when they get to Reception age. There are more girls than boys in the school. The current Year 4 class is the only class with more boys than girls. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is lower than the national average. The proportion of pupils who have an education, health and care plan is above the national average. The proportion of pupils who are disadvantaged and in receipt of pupil premium funding is below the national average.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school A parent neatly and accurately described St Andrew’s as ‘an exceptional place, where pupils’ well-being and academic excellence go hand in hand’. The exceptional leadership of the headteacher and the staff team has created a climate of high expectations, a love of learning and an insistence on the very best for every pupil. Governors share the headteacher’s drive and ambition. They know the school well and robustly hold leaders and managers to account for the performance of pupils, as well as for the quality of teaching. Teachers have high expectations of their own performance. They research widely the most up-to-date educational studies to inform their practice. This leads to high expectations of pupils and exceptional outcomes for all. Teachers plan creative lessons which are now sharply focused on the higher standards. The impact of this is shown in current pupils’ high-quality work across most of the curriculum. The curriculum provides very rich opportunities for pupils’ learning. Reading, writing and mathematics are incorporated across the curriculum. The innovative approach of using art as a medium through which to teach other subjects is driving high standards in art and broadening pupils’ cultural experience. Less successful is the teaching of geographical skills. There is high-quality provision for pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities and for those who are disadvantaged. Leaders are relentless in their quest to remove any barriers to learning. As a result, these pupils make strong progress from their different starting points. Strong leadership and excellent teaching in early years create a stimulating learning environment. Children get the best start to school life and are fully prepared for the demands of Year 1. As a result of strong spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, pupils develop as well-rounded, thoughtful citizens, who take an enormous pride in their responsibilities and the part they play within the school community. Behaviour is impeccable. Pupils are very polite, well mannered and enthusiastic in all they undertake. They want to do well. This attitude contributes to the high standards they achieve.