The Reddings Primary School

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About The Reddings Primary School

Name The Reddings Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr Ben Linford
Address Bennetts End Road, Hemel Hempstead, HP3 8DX
Phone Number 01442406500
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 216
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders and governors have a clear vision for the school, 'Success for all.'

There is a strong drive for excellence, led by the headteacher. Governance is much improved as governors challenge and support leaders effectively. Leaders have an accurate view of the school's strengths and weaknesses.

Middle leaders are growing in confidence and experience. With this increased capacity, the school is improving more rapidly. The special educational needs coordinator (SENCo) demonstrates strong leadership.

This is an inclusive school where pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are supported within lessons to m...ake good progress from their starting points. Teaching assistants are highly skilled in supporting pupils in lessons and leading additional teaching for smaller groups. The quality of teaching, learning and assessment has improved since the last inspection.

It is now typically good. Pupils are taught to respect and treat each other equally as they gain an understanding of different religions and cultures. They are well prepared for life in modern Britain.

Pupils enjoy learning through topic themes and talking about what they have been studying. This is enriched by first-hand experiences. Even so, the curriculum does not provide sufficient opportunities for pupils to deepen their knowledge and understanding in all subjects, particularly history and geography.

By the time they reach Year 6, pupils produce high-quality writing. Pupils' progression in writing skills from early years and through key stage 1 is not as strong. Attainment in mathematics is rising as pupils are making good progress.

However, the most able pupils are not consistently challenged to apply their knowledge, skills and understanding to problem-solving in order to attain the higher standard. Children get off to a good start in the early years. Teachers work closely with parents and carers in building up a strong partnership between home and school.

Pupils are provided with good pastoral care, including a range of therapeutic support. This has had a positive effect on improving behaviour and attitudes to learning. Behaviour is good.

Attendance continues to improve as good attendance is regularly promoted to both pupils and parents. Safeguarding in the school has a high priority. Pupils trust adults to look after them and keep them safe.

Information about this school

The Reddings Primary School is smaller than the average-sized primary school, with an integrated nursery. Since the previous inspection, the leadership team has been restructured to include three assistant headteachers. A new chair of the governing body has been appointed.

Four new governors have joined the governing body. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is above the national average. About a third of pupils speak English as an additional language.

The proportions of disadvantaged pupils and pupils with SEND are higher than the national averages. The school provides a breakfast club. The school liaises with another provider in offering after-school care on another school site.

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