Hertford Infant and Nursery School

Celebrate Their Excellent Ofsted Inspection.

Hertford Infant and Nursery School are still celebrating their very successful Ofsted Inspection which took place earlier this term!  It was wonderful that the inspection team identified the significant aspects of the school that pupils, staff, parents and governors appreciate which contribute to making this such a good school.

Parents were very supportive of the school, and told the inspectors that Hertford is "an exciting, inspiring, fun and caring school" where pupils "are enthusiastic about school and thoroughly enjoy their education".

Inspectors were particularly impressed with the early years (50 place free nursery class and 2 reception classes) where they judged that "provision is outstanding and children make excellent progress because of the very highly focused teaching" and "behaviour is exceptionally good".   Inspectors praised the stimulating indoor and outdoor environment, and the children's caring attitude which runs through the whole school.  They saw that pupils in the reception and nursery classes were able to settle very quickly into school life and routines, as the induction systems were extremely thorough and pupils soon settled to tasks "independently and with confidence".

Praise was also given to pupils in KS1 (Hertford has 2x Year 1 and 2x Year 2 classes) where pupils have an ‘outstanding enjoyment of school' and achieve well because of their "good attitudes to learning" which has resulted in the "steady rise in results at the end of Key Stage 1".  The inspectors were very pleased to see how the "good curriculum" had been planned to ensure practical and investigative work linked well to the development of pupils' personal and academic skills, and commented on the "good provision for Information Communication Technology (ICT), Literacy and Numeracy".  They observed pupils becoming "self-confident, active learners" who were well prepared for their move to the Junior School.

Teaching was judged to be consistently good throughout the school with some that was outstanding, with every teacher demonstrating high quality skills.  All classes in the school have a full time teaching assistant, and the inspectors recognised the strong contribution they make to supporting teaching and learning for all pupils.
Inspectors appreciated how ‘calm and orderly' the school was, as a result of the ‘outstanding care and guidance' given to pupils through the strong support systems, which enable pupils to ‘progress well both academically and personally'.  They noted that the excellent support given also ensured pupils with special needs made outstanding progress.

Hertford is very much a community school, with strong links with other groups and age groups within the area.  These links were seen to be helping pupils develop a greater appreciation of how they can contribute to the development of community cohesion, and become positive citizens of the future.  Through their topic and community work, pupils "have good opportunities to understand the traditions and cultures" of others - both at home and abroad. 
This fits in well with the very strong ECO agenda of the school, where pupils are actively involved in a wide range of ecological activities including recycling, growing fruit and vegetables, composting, saving energy and water and exploring ways to look after their environment.  The school's successful ECO work was recently recognised when Hertford became the first infant/ nursery school to achieve the Green ECO Flag award in the Local Authority, and last month was given the Argus ECO School of the Year Award!  Hertford pupils certainly work hard to meet the aims they set out in their ECO code, and recognise it is "Our World, Our Responsibility".

Inspectors noted the considerable improvements made since the previous inspection in 2003, and that as a result the school is obviously rising in popularity in the local area with significantly increasing pupil numbers in the past 3 years. 
Hertford would like to welcome all prospective pupils and parents to their Open Day on Tuesday, January 20th at either 1.15 pm -2.15 pm  or 5.30 pm -6.30 pm, to see the school at work - and to find out more about this small and friendly school.  Please telephone the school for further information - 01273 552931.


Posted: 25th of November 2008