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OFSTED Inspection January 2007


Inspection report: Herne C of E Infant School
16 January 2007 (Summary)

Overall effectiveness of the school Grade: 1 Outstanding
Herne C of E Infant is an outstanding school where pupils achieve exceptionally well and make outstanding progress in their personal development. Parents hold the school in extremely high regard and it clearly has their absolute confidence.

Highly effective leadership and management are major factors contributing to the school's success. An excellent school, thanks to the dedication of the headteacher and her staff. An enthusiastic and very experienced headteacher provides outstanding vision and direction for the school. The deputy and other leaders provide excellent support. Teamwork among the staff is outstanding and there is a strong commitment to continuous review of practice and improvement. All staff are committed to pupils doing as well as they can.

Outstanding care, guidance and support contribute significantly to pupils academic and personal development. In this harmonious and positive school community, all pupils are highly valued and thrive. Their needs are carefully assessed and excellent guidance and support are provided for all pupils, including those with learning difficulties and disabilities and the higher attainers. Pupils thoroughly enjoy school because of the exciting activities offered. Attendance is good and behaviour is exemplary. Pupils' ability to take responsibility and work independently is a clear strength in this highly effective school.

Excellent teaching and a stimulating curriculum contribute to pupils' outstanding progress. Children in the Nursery and Reception make exceptional progress in all areas of learning and reach above-average standards. Outstanding progress continues in Years 1 and 2 and standards are well above average in Year 2. High quality displays are another strong feature of the school. A visitor noted, "The school always looks beautiful, with emphasis on displaying as much work as possible". Teachers are enthusiastic and have high levels of expertise which motivate and inspire the pupils. One of the school's current priorities is developing further links with the neighbouring junior school. Pupils are exceptionally well prepared for the next stage of their education.

What the school should do to improve further
- Build on the current work to increase the partnership with the junior school.

Achievement and standards Grade: 1 Outstanding
Personal development & well-being Grade: 1 Outstanding
Teaching and learning Grade: 1 Outstanding
Curriculum and other activities Grade: 1 Outstanding
Care, guidance and support Grade: 1 Outstanding
Leadership & Management Grade: 1 Outstanding

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