Ofsted awards top marks for ‘highly inclusive’ Hatfield school

PUBLISHED: 13:19 22 November 2017 | UPDATED: 13:41 22 November 2017

Howe Dell Primary School pupils with headteacher Debra Massey. Picture: Danny Loo

Howe Dell Primary School pupils with headteacher Debra Massey. Picture: Danny Loo

Danny Loo Photography 2017

Staff and pupils from a Hatfield primary school are celebrating after receiving an outstanding Ofsted report.

Howe Dell Primary School pupils celebrate their Outstanding OFSTED report with Head Teacher Debra Massey. Picture: Danny Loo Howe Dell Primary School pupils celebrate their Outstanding OFSTED report with Head Teacher Debra Massey. Picture: Danny Loo

Howe Dell Primary School, Hatfield, was judged ‘outstanding’ after an assessment in September, the details of which were published on Friday, November 10.

An inspector wrote: “Its an extremely caring, outward-looking and highly inclusive school.

“The exceptional leadership of the headteacher and support of her team set a culture of high expectation and ambition for all pupils to be the best they can be.

“The effect of teaching over time is reflected in pupils’ outstanding achievement in a wide range of subjects.”

One pupil told the inspector: “I love coming to this school. I would come during the weekends if I could.”

Inspectors took into account 128 responses to Parent View, 50 responses to Ofsted’s staff questionnaire and 34 responses to Ofsted’s pupil survey.

It was noted in the report: “Parents are overwhelmingly positive about the school and feel confident that their children are happy, safe and make exceptional progress.”

The school achieved top marks for its effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching, personal development, behaviour and welfare, and outcomes for pupils, but was judged ‘good’ for its early years provision.

In order to achieve an outstanding outcome during its next inspection Ofsted recommends that the school improves by increasing children’s skills in speech and language so that more pupils start Year 1 at levels typical for their age.

Howe Dell Day Care, which is based on the school site, also scored ‘outstanding’ during its inspection in May.

Parents flooded Ofsted with “extremely complimentary” comments on the day care and its “excellent care and education for their children”.

Headteacher Debra Massey: “The staff, governors and of course families are completely committed to making our school the best it can be.

“Every child matters, every day.

“The essence of Howe Dell shines through every sentence of the Ofsted report.

“The recognition of overall effectiveness and leadership at every level is significant, but more so the joy of being part of our Howe Dell family is best reflected in the words of the children in the report.”

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