St Catherine’s Hoddesdon CofE Primary School

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St Catherine’s Hoddesdon CofE Primary School


Name St Catherine’s Hoddesdon CofE Primary School
Website http://www.stcaths.herts.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 13 September 2016
Address Haslewood Avenue, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, EN11 8HT
Phone Number 01992463214
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 332 (47% boys 53% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.9
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 16.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 19%
Persisitent Absence 12.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 12%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is larger than the average-size primary school. The school is led by two co-headteachers. One works four days and week and the other works full time. They share the roles and responsibilities of headship. The proportion of pupils for whom the school receives the pupil premium is below average. Most pupils are of White British heritage and speak English as their first language. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs or disabilities, or an education, health and care plan is below average. The early years comprises two Reception classes. All pupils attend full time. The school manages the on-site before- and after-school club. Pupils are taught in single-aged classes in key stage 1. In key stage 2 they are taught in mixed-aged groups. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The school receives support from the executive headteacher of the Spiral Partnership Trust, who is a national leader of education. The school meets the requirements on the publication of specified information on its website.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The co-headteachers have a clear sense of purpose and are committed to raising standards within the school. They are highly ambitious for all pupils. Testament to the success of senior leaders and governors is the improved progress of pupils throughout the school. Teaching is now typically good across the range of subjects. Teachers plan interesting lessons that engage pupils in their learning. Pupils make good progress in reading. Progress in writing at the end of key stage 2 is above average. Pupils feel safe in school. School leaders ensure that all staff are appropriately trained in keeping pupils safe, and they meticulously follow statutory and school procedures. Pupils are well behaved in lessons and around the school. They have positive attitudes to learning. The school’s curriculum makes good provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Disadvantaged pupils receive effective support in helping them improve their reading, writing and mathematics. Disadvantaged pupils, including the most able, are making good progress and attainment is rapidly improving. Early years provision is good. As a result of good teaching children are enthusiastic learners and make good progress. They are well prepared for key stage 1. Governance has improved since the last inspection. Governors provide the right level of support and challenge. Although provision for mathematics has improved, the recent improvements have not been in place long enough to accelerate progress, especially for the most able pupils. School leaders have not evaluated fully the impact of their actions in order to concentrate on the most effective strategies for reducing persistent absence.