Yorke Mead Primary School

Name Yorke Mead Primary School
Website http://www.yorkemead.herts.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 01 July 2014
Address Dulwich Way, Croxley Green, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, WD3 3PX
Phone Number 01923778420
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 398 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.8
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 6.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 16.1%
Persisitent Absence 9%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

This is an above average-sized primary school with an increasing number of pupils on roll. It is in the process of growing from one to two classes per year group and building work is underway to increase the physical size of the school. A small minority of pupils are from a range of minority ethnic backgrounds and the rest are White British. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is average. The school has a stable population with a very large majority remaining at the school throughout their primary years. The number of children who are eligible for pupil premium is below average but has risen significantly during this academic year. The pupil premium provides additional government funding for those who are known to be eligible for free school meals, children in the care of the local authority and other groups. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement is below average. The school meets current floor standards; these are the minimum expectations, set by the government, for pupils’ attainment and progress. There is a Children’s Centre on the same site but this is not led or managed by the school.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher provides very strong leadership and has a clear view of how she wants the school to be. She is passionate in her desire to provide the very best education for all pupils at the school and has ensured that both teaching and achievement are consistently good. Pupils have outstanding attitudes to learning and are very keen to develop their skills. They know and use a range of strategies to help them be more effective learners. Parents are very happy with the school. They feel that their children are safe and that they behave well. Parents say that their children make good progress at the school and that staff are kind and helpful. Teaching assistants are very well-managed and play a significant role in making sure that all pupils are able to learn well and take a full part in the life of the school. Governors are energetic and committed to the school. Their very good mix of skills, knowledge and experience means that they are able to provide necessary support whilst holding the headteacher fully to account. Pupils, including those who are more able, achieve well and make good progress. The improvement points from the previous inspection have been addressed successfully. Teaching is now consistently good and the way in which the school promotes community cohesion is a strength. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding. They are polite and well-mannered and show maturity in the way they respond to adults and to their peers. Pupils are safe in school. They are taught to take personal responsibility for their own behaviour and are given plentiful opportunities to do so. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Achievement in writing is not yet outstanding. Pupils do not yet have enough opportunities to apply and extend their writing skills across a range of subjects. Marking and feedback have improved but the school’s agreed practice is not followed consistently by all teachers and some pupils do not know or use their personal targets as well as they could.