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School Improvement Partner Visit

Most schools employ the services of an external school improvement partner and we have done this for many years through Herts For Learning. On Thursday, I was joined by senior staff and our co-chair of governors, Michael Green, to review the work of the school and to evaluate the continued progress being made. I am delighted to say that the visit was very positive indeed and extremely productive, in terms of plans we have to make further improvements. Our main focus for the day was to look at the children’s learning in history and geography. It was very pleasing to note the very clear evidence in the children’s books of subject specific skills and skills progression, a consistent use of skills across subjects (eg. history/English) and excellent standards of presentation. What was also very pleasing, was to have external validation of our judgements, around a number of aspects which are outstanding, in OFSTED terms; these include an increasing proportion of teaching, personal development, behaviour and welfare. It was also fantastic to know that the children, who spoke to our visitor, were extremely positive about the school, about the opportunities they have, the level of challenge, help and support they get with their learning and the fact that they feel safe and happy in school.