Wormley Primary School

Name Wormley Primary School
Website http://www.wormleyprimary.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 28 September 2011
Address Cozens Lane East, Wormley, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, EN10 6QA
Phone Number 01992303331
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 452 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.8
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 15.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 15.5%
Persisitent Absence 9.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 23.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

Wormley Primary is larger than most other schools of its type. Most pupils come from White British families. The proportion from minority ethnic backgrounds is below average. Only a few speak English as an additional language. A small proportion of pupils come from a Traveller heritage. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities, including those pupils with a statement of special educational needs is average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for a free school meal is above average and has increased since the last inspection. A high proportion of pupils join or leave the school between Years 3 and 6. There is a new deputy headteacher. The school has gained Healthy Schools status, the International Schools Award and the Eco Mark.

Main findings

This is a good school which has made significant improvements in the last two years. The headteacher has created an ethos of high expectations and has ensured that all staff are working hard towards achieving challenging targets. She leads by strong example and has developed an effective team. The appointment of a new deputy has strengthened the school’s capacity to continue making improvements. The school has several strengths. Pupils say that they feel exceptionally safe at all times, as one pupil said, ‘Our teachers really care about us’. The school is a model of best practice, where everyone feels safe and secure. The quality of care, guidance and support is outstanding. This is because there are particularly good systems in place to ensure pupils are supported exceptionally well in their personal development and well-being. The implementation of these support programmes has played an important part in the recent school improvements. Pupils adopt healthy lifestyles extremely well and say physical education lessons are fun and exciting. The school has a welcoming atmosphere and is developing its partnerships with parents and carers successfully. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils is good. Pupils are polite and respectful. They show concern for others and are proud of their efforts to raise money for charity. They have concern for the local community which is evidenced in their enthusiasm for the partnership with a local retirement home and their desire to keep the local area clean from litter. Spiritual development is good as a result of the well-planned programme for acts of collective worship and the partnerships with two local churches. There is an excellent programme to help pupils learn about a wide range of religions but the school has not yet fully implemented plans to help them develop their knowledge of the United Kingdom as a multicultural society. Pupils achieve well academically, so that by the time they leave the school in Year 6 attainment is average in reading and writing and above average in mathematics. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage make a good start to school life and then continue to make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics throughout Key Stage 1. The vast majority of teaching is good, resulting in good learning and progress for all groups of pupils. Lessons are delivered with enthusiasm and pupils are motivated and excited to learn. Relationships between teachers and pupils are strong and ensure all classrooms are positive places where pupils feel confident to ask questions and make progress in their learning. Sometimes the planning of lessons, does not provide enough challenge for the more-able pupils, to help them reach higher levels by the end of Year 6. Attendance is good and has improved recently. Significant efforts are made to engage with pupils from all communities and the school’s efforts to help Traveller families feel welcome are particularly effective. The behaviour of pupils is good. They work well in class and act sensibly at break time.