The Cranbourne Primary School

What is this page?

We are, a schools information website. This page is one of our school directory pages. This is not the website of The Cranbourne Primary School.

What is Locrating?

Locrating is the UK's most popular and trusted school guide; it allows you to view inspection reports, admissions data, exam results, catchment areas, league tables, school reviews, neighbourhood information, carry out school comparisons and much more. Below is some useful summary information regarding The Cranbourne Primary School.

To see all our data you need to click the blue button at the bottom of this page to view The Cranbourne Primary School on our interactive map.

About The Cranbourne Primary School

Name The Cranbourne Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Rachel Semark
Address Bridleway North, Hoddesdon, EN11 9PP
Phone Number 01992416220
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 438
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils love their school. They demonstrated this in classrooms, assembly, during playtime and in conversation with us. Pupils enjoy learning and take pride in their achievements.

Leaders set very high expectations for pupils. Pupils also have high expectations of each other. They work exceptionally well together and ensure that they all live up to the school aims of being 'ready, respectful, safe'.

From the youngest ages, pupils support each other in lessons and on the playground. Pupils concentrate on their learning and work hard to do well in school.

Leaders and staff are committed to teaching pupils how to be well-prepared citizens.

Pupils learn h...ow to be responsible for themselves and others. They speak enthusiastically about how they can make positive changes to the world. Pupils take part in many acts of service for people locally, nationally and internationally.

Parents appreciate the school as much as pupils do. All parents who responded to Parent View, Ofsted's online questionnaire, said that they would recommend the school to other parents. They all also reported that their children are happy at the school.

Parents and pupils agree that on the very rare occasions when bullying occurs, staff deal with it effectively and it does not continue.

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

In September 2019, leaders completed the first stage of a school-wide curriculum development project. The school now has in place very well-organised plans for learning.

Teachers are rapidly gaining confidence in teaching the newly structured curriculum, particularly for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Staff provide effective support for pupils with SEND so that these pupils can take part in learning and overcome their challenges. Leaders provide effective training to improve teaching.

At times, teachers do not give pupils enough opportunities to understand key concepts and terminology. Similarly, teachers do not always support pupils well enough to spell key terminology. As a result, pupils sometimes forget important concepts and the meanings of key words and how to spell them.

Teachers closely follow leaders' plans for phonics and reading. From an early age, pupils learn to love reading. Most pupils quickly learn the phonics needed to read fluently.

Teachers provide effective support for pupils who find reading difficult and fall behind. Pupils enthusiastically shared their reading with us.

Leaders ensure that pupils enjoy impressive opportunities to learn about themselves and the wider world.

Pupils have a sophisticated understanding of international issues such as human rights. Staff teach values such as equality, dignity and respect very well. We saw pupils demonstrating these values consistently across the school.

Disruptive behaviour in lessons is very rare. Pupils respect that everyone has the right to learn uninterrupted in lessons. In recognition of their success, UNICEF awarded the school the gold standard as a Rights Respecting School.

Staff provide many opportunities for pupils to take responsibility and develop wider interests and talents. The provision for music is particularly impressive at the school. Pupils love singing and do so skilfully.

All pupils sing regularly in lessons and assemblies. Many pupils enjoy occasions to sing at local and national music venues. Leaders ensure that all pupils are involved in the enrichment programme regardless of any disadvantages they might face.

Provision in the early years prepares children very well for the challenges of Year 1. Staff have very high expectations of children. Children show kindness and consideration for others.

They take turns and share very well. Children learn very quickly the skills of reading and mathematics. Children were very keen to share with us how well they count and add tricky numbers.

They did so with impressive accuracy.

Early years staff have developed very strong relationships with parents. Staff work very well with parents to settle children into the early years.

Parents appreciate the advice staff provide, including about how to help children learn at home.

Governors, trustees, trust and school leaders share an ambitious educational vision. They all have high expectations of staff and pupils.

At times, however, leaders do not check carefully enough how well the curriculum is achieving their aims. As a result, leaders do not identify areas that need to improve before pupils are negatively affected.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders ensure that staff are well trained. Staff look for risks and signs of potential harm. They act swiftly and appropriately when concerns arise.

Leaders work closely with external agencies to ensure that vulnerable pupils receive the support they need.

Leaders ensure that the necessary background checks are undertaken before any adult works with pupils at school.

Governors and trust leaders check that the school's safeguarding procedures are fit for purpose.

Staff teach pupils how to assess risks and keep themselves safe at home, in the community and online.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

Leaders have made very clear what pupils need to know, understand and be able to do throughout the curriculum. Teachers do not always give pupils enough opportunities to learn key concepts and the meaning and spelling of subject-specific terminology.

Teachers must make sure that pupils fully understand the concepts and the meaning and spelling of key words they need to help them learn more. . Leaders put a lot of effort into gathering information about the quality of education at the school.

However, leaders do not check with enough precision how well the curriculum provides for pupils. As a result, leaders do not always know what needs to improve, before pupils' learning is negatively affected. Leaders should focus their attention so that they find what needs improvement in the curriculum sooner than has been the case.

Also at this postcode
Spring Meadows at The Cranbourne Primary School

  Compare to
nearby schools