|Name||Tewin Cowper Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||29 April 2015|
|Address||Cannons Meadow, Tewin, Welwyn, Hertfordshire, AL6 0JU|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||175 (46% boys 54% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||19.4|
|Percentage Free School Meals||2.3%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||3.4%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||5.1%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. Provision in the early years takes the form of a single class in Reception, which children attend full-time. Almost all pupils are from a White British heritage. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium is well below average. This additional funding applies in this school to a small number of pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The school works closely with local primary and secondary schools, and the Diocese of St Albans.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. The headteacher provides clear and determined leadership. She is supported well by the governing body and other leaders. Together, they are improving both teaching and achievement. Pupils in all year groups are keen to learn. They make good progress from their differing starting points in reading and mathematics. Pupils are kept safe while they are in the school at all times. Their good behaviour and attitudes to learning contribute well to the strong sense of community in the school. This, along with pupils’ good spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, prepares them for life in modern Britain. Parents hold the school in high esteem. Teaching is good. Teachers’ marking is particularly effective. As a result, pupils have a clear understanding of how to improve their work. Teachers use computers very well to capture pupils’ interest and help them enjoy their learning. Governors work very effectively with the leaders and the local authority. Children make good progress in the Reception class because adults provide exciting and well-planned activities. The school works closely and effectively with other local schools, and benefits from the expertise offered by other leaders and teachers in the local partnership. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Lesson activities do not always stretch all groups of pupils sufficiently, including the most-able pupils, so that they deepen and widen their knowledge and understanding. Pupils’ handwriting and presentation skills are not developed systematically across key stages. Consequently, they are not as good as they could be. Pupils’ progress in writing is not as rapid as it is in reading and mathematics. This is because pupils do not have enough opportunities in other subjects to write at length and in different styles. Teachers do not always encourage pupils to be sufficiently ambitious in their choice of vocabulary.