Wood End School

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About Wood End School

Name Wood End School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr Richard Boulton
Address Yeomans Avenue, Harpenden, AL5 3EF
Phone Number 01582761636
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 455
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

At Wood End School pupils and staff exemplify the school motto 'learning together, respecting each other'. This permeates through everyone's day-to-day life.

Pupils attending this school get an exceptional learning experience. They are motivated, hardworking and demonstrate a real thirst for knowledge. Pupils achieve exceptionally well.

They learn confidently across the full curriculum.

Behaviour in school is exemplary. This means pupils learn without disruption.

They are polite, considerate and keen to contribute to all lessons.

Pupils have access to a wide, rich set of experiences. Opportunities for pupils to develop their talents and inte...rests are of exceptional quality.

For example, pupils represent the school in sporting events, compete in public speaking competitions and represent themselves and others in a mock court of law.

Mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs are demonstrated by all pupils. They want to learn from others.

Pupils engaged enthusiastically in a Diwali workshop involving members of the school community. Fundamental British values are revisited regularly. As a result, pupils are exceptionally well prepared for life in modern Britain.

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

The school has designed a broad and ambitious curriculum that goes above and beyond in preparing pupils for their next stage of education. From early years, leaders identify the knowledge and vocabulary they want pupils to remember. Curriculum plans detail what pupils need to learn, and this ensures pupils' learning builds year on year.

For example, in computing, pupils confidently learn about computer aided design to successfully draw, design and model on screen.

The curriculum structure considers how teachers can ensure that pupils routinely recap previous learning. This contributes towards pupils remembering things in the long term.

Consequently, pupils achieve exceptionally well across the whole curriculum.

Reading is a priority. Pupils love to read.

Teachers make sure that the books pupils read match the sounds they know. This helps pupils to become fluent readers. Staff are well trained in how to teach early reading.

They are quick to identify pupils who need extra help. These pupils achieve well. Pupils are very proud of their new library.

They revel in the chance to visit each week. Pupils access a wide range of texts. This broadens their knowledge and exposes them to new vocabulary, which pupils can use well in all areas of the curriculum.

The school has ensured that all pupils can access the curriculum. Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) work to meet the same expectations as others, with well-planned adjustments made according to pupils' needs. Trained staff support learning for pupils with more complex needs successfully.

This ensures these pupils access an equally ambitious curriculum alongside their peers. Consequently, pupils with SEND achieve very well.

Relationships between pupils and staff are strong.

Adults model expectations and pupils respond positively. Children in the early years understand the expectations clearly and quickly. Children engage eagerly in well-planned activities and quickly become independent learners.

For example, they manage their own behaviour and enjoy drinks and snacks together at a time of their choice. This embedded approach to learning ensures they make excellent progress. Children are very well prepared for Year 1.

Social times across the school are harmonious. Older and younger pupils engage in a range of activities at lunchtime and do so independently.

Pupils' personal development is at the heart of the school.

There is a strong shared vision of excellence beyond academic achievement. The school provides a wide range of carefully planned opportunities to nurture, develop and stretch pupils' talents and interests. A range of sports clubs, enrichment days and opportunities in the arts are available.

There is also a high uptake of pupils learning musical instruments. The school ensures disadvantaged pupils have these opportunities too.

Staff feel valued and leaders are mindful of their workload.

They are proud members of the team. School leaders prioritise professional development. This enables staff to develop and refine the curriculum offer for pupils.

Governors work closely with the school and ensure it strives for excellence and continued improvement. The whole community share this ambition for the school.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

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