Summerswood Primary School

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About Summerswood Primary School

Name Summerswood Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Miss Sarah Kneller
Address Furzehill Road, Borehamwood, WD6 2DW
Phone Number 02089533139
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 352
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils like school and make friends. They have trusted adults who help with learning or with worries.

Pupils know they are safe and cared for.

Many pupils are diligent learners. They are proud to get 'superstar' medals and certificates.

Pupils enjoy learning different subjects. Extra learning support is provided if needed. However, expectations of what pupils can achieve are not always high enough.

Pupils across the school are capable of accomplishing more than they currently are. Leaders are aware of this and have started to make necessary improvements to the quality of education.

Lessons are usually calm.

Pupils know the school ru...les. They enjoy playing in the open spaces. Most pupils follow adult instructions.

Pupils appreciate that behaviour has started to improve, but there are still instances where a minority of pupils do not follow what is expected of them.

There are different clubs pupils can join like sports, arts and gardening. Older pupils take on 'ambassador' roles.

Pupils express their views in the 'school parliament'. Pupils are proud of being a diverse school; however, would like to learn more about others' cultural heritage.

Pupils who attend the specially resourced provision for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (specially resourced provision), 'Hive', are well supported and succeed due to the expertise of the staff.

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

Leaders have a good grasp of the improvements needed to drive the school forward. They are taking action to address learning and behaviour. They are working on staff having the required support to improve outcomes for all pupils, as many staff are new to the school.

However, this work is still at an early stage.

The school's curriculum is designed to build pupils' knowledge over time in a logical way. Recently, subjects like mathematics and art have been updated to ensure the key knowledge pupils need to know is easily identified.

This work has yet to begin in other subjects and in early years. This means currently staff are not clear enough about the depth of knowledge pupils must know. Some teachers need to strengthen their subject knowledge to be able to teach the curriculum expectations consistently well.

The work pupils produce is not yet of the high standards intended.

Some leaders have started to use their expertise to train staff on how to improve their teaching. Effective systems are in place to support all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

However, in lessons, several pupils, including some with SEND, do not have learning activities adapted precisely enough to meet their needs. This restricts pupils' achievement, including in early years. Checks on learning take place.

However, these checks are not always used effectively to accurately overcome barriers to learning. As a result, gaps in pupils' knowledge emerge and are not being filled as swiftly as needed.

Pupils read every day.

Pupils visit the school library each week and enjoy having stories read to them. The school has ensured there is a systematic approach to teaching phonics, which starts in Nursery. There is additional support for weaker readers.

However, the books provided to pupils to improve reading do not always match the specific gaps in knowledge they have. This means they do not catch up quickly enough.

The learning environment in early years has been recently improved.

Children access a range of learning experiences matched to the curriculum areas they are finding out about. However, as with the rest of the school, staff do not routinely extend, check or test children's knowledge when they interact with them.

The school works hard to ensure pupils attend school regularly.

If attendance is low, actions are taken to address this. Pupils receive a high level of pastoral support. Despite this, a few pupils struggle to engage in learning.

Staff have had some training and advice on dealing with more challenging behaviours but are not yet fully confident in how to do this. Therefore, not all staff manage behaviour in the same way. Leaders have recognised this and have revised the behaviour policy to clarify expectations and support.

Pupils are taught about online safety, healthy lifestyles and relationships and British values. They are aware of different world religions. They have a less secure understanding of what diversity means in modern Britain.

Governors are improving how well they hold leaders to account. The local authority has supported them with this. Governors fulfil their statutory and safeguarding duties.

They understand what the school needs to do to improve yet need a clear strategic plan to oversee this. Leaders are mindful of staff well-being and the need to support staff to fulfil their roles in a positive way.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In some subjects, including in early years, the exact knowledge that pupils need to know, and to what standard, is not laid out precisely enough for teachers to follow. This means that pupils receive work that is not always sufficiently detailed or ambitious. This hinders how much pupils can achieve.

Subject leaders need to ensure the most important knowledge is clearly signposted for teachers across all subjects and that all staff understand and follow these high expectations.Leaders, including governors, need to provide strategic oversight of this. ? There are inconsistencies in how well the curriculum is taught across the school.

This results in some pupils not having learning sufficiently tailored to meet their needs, which limits their achievement. Staff need continued subject knowledge and skills training from leaders so that they are confident in delivering and adapting learning activities to ensure all pupils achieve what they are fully capable of. ? Staff do not identify with sufficient precision how to overcome barriers to pupils' learning.

This results in some pupils having gaps in knowledge that are not filled quickly enough, including in reading. Teachers need to ensure that pupils swiftly secure missing knowledge and catch up. Staff need to act upon the advice leaders provide to support them in this.

• Some unwelcome behaviours across the school are still not prevented or addressed consistently. This means a significant minority of pupils are disengaging from learning. Staff need to apply the new behaviour policy and recommended strategies consistently so that behaviour incidents continue to reduce and pupils with more challenging behaviours engage with their learning.

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