Glowing Ofsted report for Welwyn Garden City primary school

PUBLISHED: 08:00 20 March 2016

Peartree headteacher Clare Herbert with pupils

Peartree headteacher Clare Herbert with pupils


Pupils and staff at a Welwyn Garden City primary school are celebrating a ‘good’ Ofsted rating.

Peartree Primary School received a ‘good’ rating across the board following an inspection last month.

In a previous inspection in October 2013, the school was told it ‘requires improvement’.

In the latest report, published on Wednesday, March 9, inspectors noted: “The headteacher, ably supported by a strong leadership team, has established a clear vision for the school that is shared by other staff, parents and governors.

“Together they have successfully tackled the areas for improvement outlined in the previous inspection report.”

Headteacher Clare Herbert was appointed in January 2015, after the previous inspection.

At the same time, the school appointed Jess Chapman as the new chair of governors, as well as recruiting many new governors over the course of the year.

Miss Herbert said: “We are delighted with such a positive report which recognises everyone’s hard work and commitment to the children at Peartree Primary School.

“It is clear from the report we work as a strong team including staff, governors, members of the wider community, parents and most importantly the children.

“Peartree Primary is an inclusive, forward-looking school, which will continue to go from strength to strength.”

Ofsted inspectors praised the children, writing: “Pupils are courteous and polite.

“They are proud of themselves, their workbooks and their school.

“They generally have good attitudes to learning, say that they enjoy the good teaching they receive and find the work they are given interesting.

“One who travels a long way to school said, ‘this is my second home’.”

The inspectors were also impressed by the early years provision, led by Eleanor White, and the school’s links with Ludwick Nursery, saying: “Leadership of the early years is very good.

“The leader uses her expertise in this area to very good effect, particularly through the example she sets her colleagues.

“She is always searching for improvements and staff and children benefit from close links to an outstanding local nursery.”

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