|Name||Welwyn St Mary’s Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School|
|Address||15 London Road, Welwyn, AL6 9DJ|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||416 (51.2% boys 48.8% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||22.9|
|Percentage Free School Meals||10.1%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||5.5%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||11.3%%|
|Catchment Area Indicator Available||Yes|
|Last Distance Offered Available||No|
Highlights from Latest Inspection
Information about this school
Welwyn St Marys church of England voluntary aided Primary School is larger than the average primary school and there are two classes in each year group.
The large majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds and the remainder are from a wide range of other ethnic backgrounds. There are few pupils who speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium (extra government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, children in local authority care and other specific groups) is below average.
The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is above average and the proportion supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is similar to the national average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school.
Governors, staff, parents and pupils, working together generated the school’s clear vision of ‘Learning Together for Life’, which reflects the community’s passion for learning. The school is extremely well led and managed. The headteacher is an excellent role model and governors are very knowledgeable about the performance of the school.
There is a relentless drive for continual improvement. Teaching is consistently good and much is outstanding. Teachers are very enthusiastic and plan lessons that challenge and engage pupils well so they are eager to learn.
They assess pupils’ work accurately and regularly. Senior school leaders work tirelessly to maintain the high quality of teaching by rigorously monitoring pupils’ achievement, teachers’ performance, and designing a very effective programme of professional development, well matched to teachers’ needs. Pupils throughout the school make rapid progress in their learning.
They achieve standards in English and mathematics that are well above those seen nationally and quickly develop into fluent readers. The school is a happy, harmonious and orderly community within in a safe and secure environment. Pupils know they are well looked after and feel valued.
Their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted extremely well. Pupils are proud of their school. They like their teachers and find their lessons fun and interesting.
Their attitudes to learning are exemplary and their attendance is above average. Pupils behave extremely well in lessons and around the school. The school provides a well-balanced range of subjects and a full programme of trips, clubs and ‘expert’ visitors who share their knowledge and skills with pupils.