Warden Hill Infant School

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About Warden Hill Infant School

Name Warden Hill Infant School
Website http://www.wardenhillinfant.co.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Lisa Maxted
Address Birdsfoot Lane, Luton, LU3 2DN
Phone Number 01582595150
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 4-7
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 350
Local Authority Luton
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils enjoy coming to Warden Hill Infant School. They are friendly, with lovely manners. Pupils thrive on the praise they get for behaving well and for showing the monthly values they learn about, such as empathy and integrity.

The school is highly inclusive. Pupils have a strong appreciation of diversity and equality. The many different ethnicities represented in the school community enrich school life.

Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are well supported.

There is a wide range of extra-curricular clubs for pupils to choose from. While many of these are sporting clubs, pupils also enjoy playing cards, using construction toys, ...singing with the choir, or learning to play the ukelele at lunchtime or after school.

Some pupils get involved in the running of the school by being school councillors. These opportunities help pupils' wider development.

Pupils have positive attitudes to their learning.

They appreciate the way their teachers make lessons fun, through practical activities or outdoor learning. In some subjects, such as reading, pupils' achievement is improving. This is not the case for all subjects.

Adults' expectations of what pupils can do are not always high enough. This, along with some weaknesses in the curriculum, means that pupils do not always learn as well as they should.

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

Since the last inspection, the school has continued to develop a well-sequenced, coherently planned curriculum.

This work has been more fruitful in some subjects than in others. In the well-developed areas of the curriculum, pupils build a body of knowledge and skills. They talk confidently about past learning, and how this helps them understand new ideas.

In mathematics, for example, pupils use times tables knowledge when halving numbers. In these subjects, teachers present new learning clearly. They use a range of checks to ensure that pupils are learning well, dealing with misconceptions and adjusting their teaching as needed.

In other subjects, the school has reviewed the curriculum, but it has not done so with enough rigour. There is a lack of clarity around what the school wants pupils to know and how pupils will learn it. In these areas, including in early years, teachers' delivery of the curriculum is less effective.

They do not check how well pupils are learning. In addition, staff expectations of pupils' work are not high enough. The quality of pupils' work can be poor.

This makes it harder for pupils to build on their learning.

Reading is a strength of the school. In early years, a book-based curriculum promotes a love of stories from the moment children join the Reception Year.

Every day, teachers read to pupils. Consequently, pupils experience a range of books by different authors. Phonics lessons are delivered by well-trained adults, with great consistency.

Any pupils who struggle with reading get precisely targeted support so that they catch up. As a result, pupils' achievements in reading are improving rapidly.

In the early years, stimulating environments support children's play well.

Children get along well with each other and develop strong relationships with the adults. The school's ambition is for children to become creative learners who are ready for Year 1 by the end of Reception. However, too many children are not ready for Year 1.

This is because the curriculum needs further improvement for high-quality learning to take place.

Most pupils with SEND access the same curriculum as their peers, with the help of adapted tasks or practical resources. Some pupils with SEND have complex needs.

They are supported well by caring, skilled adults. Many have an individualised programme of learning.

Staff have high expectations of pupils' conduct.

Adults model positive behaviours to pupils. Consequently, pupils behave well in lessons and at social times. The school has taken effective action to promote positive attendance and punctuality.

This has led to significant improvements. More pupils now attend school more often.

Pupils know about important topics such as online safety and how to have a healthy lifestyle.

Pupils can talk about a range of world religions. Pupils' understanding of British values such as the rule of law and tolerance is well developed. A programme of wider opportunities, including a trip to the pantomime, inter-school football matches and a whole school 'Culture day', enriches school life.

Governors have a realistic view of the school's strengths and areas to develop. A recent increase in the number of governors has enabled them to strengthen the support and challenge they provide to leaders. Leaders have worked hard to bring about change since the last inspection.

They recognise that there is more work to do. Many staff feel well supported by leaders.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In some curriculum areas, including in the early years, pupils are not learning as well as they should. These curriculum areas have not been adjusted and refined as they have in the better parts of the curriculum. Key learning is not always clearly outlined, for instance key vocabulary.

This means that staff find it more challenging to pick activities that support learning well. The school must ensure that the same precision and rigour that are present in some areas of the curriculum, such as mathematics and reading, are mirrored in all areas, so that pupils learn well. ? In those areas of the curriculum that are not as well developed, assessment is not used effectively to check how well pupils are learning.

This means that gaps in pupils' learning are not always identified. The school must ensure that the refinements it makes to the curriculum lead to more effective use of assessment. This, in turn, will lead to improved outcomes for pupils.

• Adults' expectations of pupils' work are not always high enough. The quality of work in pupils' books is often poor and does not support pupils in embedding their learning. The school must ensure that staff have consistently high expectations of what pupils can do and that the work pupils produce reflects high-quality learning.

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