Thorley Hill Primary School

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About Thorley Hill Primary School

Name Thorley Hill Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Diana Gunn
Address Park Lane, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 3NH
Phone Number 01279654496
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 231
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The school has made considerable improvements in teaching and achievement since the previous inspection.

Achievement is now good. Children in the Nursery and Reception make a good start and achieve well. Good progress continues in Years 1 and 2.

Progress in Years 3 to 6 has improved and is now good, especially in reading and mathematics. Attainment by the end of Year 6 was well above average in 2013 and much higher than in previous years. Teaching has improved, particularly in Years 3 to 6, and is good overall.

There are now regular examples of outstanding practice in a number of classes. The school has a positive and welcoming ...atmosphere where pupils thrive. Pupils show positive attitudes to learning and participate well in the learning activities provided.

Behaviour is good in lessons and around the school. At times, pupils' attitudes, behaviour and their relationships with others are exemplary. Procedures to ensure pupils are safe are effective.

Pupils feel safe and very well looked after by staff. Pupils enjoy the good range of additional activities on offer, such as clubs, educational visits and themed events. The headteacher provides ambition, drive and vision in raising pupils' achievement and in improving teaching.

She has been the key to the improvements made since the last inspection. The headteacher is well supported by the deputy headteacher, other leaders, staff and governors. It is not yet an outstanding school because : On occasions, teaching does not fully extend the most-able pupils.

Pupils' attainment and progress in writing are not as strong as they are in reading and mathematics. There are not yet enough opportunities for pupils to apply and develop their writing skills in different subjects.

Information about this school

This is an average-sized primary school.

Most of the pupils are White British. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is average. The proportion supported through school action plus or a statement of special educational needs is below average.

A well below-average proportion of pupils are eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for pupils in local authority care, those known to be eligible for free school meals and other groups. The school meets the government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils' attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics. The headteacher has been in post since January 2012.

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