|Name||Creswick Primary & Nursery School|
|Address||Sir John Newsom Way, Welwyn Garden City, AL7 4FL|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||435 (51.3% boys 48.7% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||22.7|
|Percentage Free School Meals||20.9%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||11.5%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||14.0%%|
|Catchment Area Indicator Available||Yes|
|Last Distance Offered Available||No|
Highlights from Latest Inspection
Information about this school
Creswick Primary and Nursery School is larger than the average-sized primary school.
Since the previous section 5 inspection, Creswick Primary and Nursery School has increased from a one-form to two-form-entry school. The proportion of pupils with SEND is below the national average. A smaller proportion of pupils than the national average have education, health and care plans.
The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is below the national average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is similar to national average.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a school that requires improvement Standards have fallen since the previous full inspection.
Despite recent improvements, standards across the curriculum are still too inconsistent to be good. Some leaders lack precision in their strategic roles. They do not understand how their work impacts on raising standards in the school.
Leaders’ capacity to make and sustain improvements in teaching, learning and assessment have been hampered, until recently, by staffing turbulence. Leaders do not support all pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) consistently well. Historically, leaders have not used the pupil premium funding well enough to support the achievement of disadvantaged pupils.
This is now starting to improve. Some teachers do not use assessment information to plan appropriate learning for pupils of different abilities. This impacts on the quality and quantity of the work that pupils produce.
Pupils do not have enough opportunities to apply their learning, particularly their writing, throughout the wider curriculum subjects. A few teaching assistants do not identify quickly, or provide precise enough guidance, when pupils need their support. Some adults do not use the school’s agreed behaviour policy consistently.
On occasion, adults’ expectations of how pupils behave are not consistently high. Children in the early years are not sufficiently challenged to achieve well, especially when choosing activities independently. Leaders have not fully ensured parents fully understand what they are striving to achieve.
The school has the following strengths The headteacher, deputy headteacher and governors know the school well. They have the capacity to improve the school. Social, moral, spiritual and cultural development is a strength in the school’s provision.
Staff feel valued and are proud to work at Creswick Primary and Nursery School. The teaching of phonics is effective; early reading skills are being well developed. Pupils are now making better progress in mathematics.