Ofsted has rated a Herefordshire Primary School as ‘good’ following an inspection that took place in February.

Ofsted visited Clifford Primary School, near Hay-on-Wye on 28th February.

Here is what the report on the school said: 

“Clifford Primary School is a happy, friendly school that pupils enjoy attending. Pupils and staff greet each other warmly every morning, showing the positive relationships that are in place. 

“Pupils, staff and families talk about the ‘family atmosphere’. This is a caring school, where everyone looks out for everyone else. 

“As a result, pupils feel safe in school.

Leaders want the best for every pupil, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Pupils live up to these expectations. 

“They enjoy making a positive contribution to the life of the school and the local community. 

“Pupils play a role in decision-making in school. For example, they all take part in ‘Pupil Parliament’.

“Pupils generally behave well. Around school, they are polite and respectful. Older pupils act as role models for younger pupils. For example, pupils enjoy eating lunch together sitting at mixed-age ‘house’ tables. 

“Peer mediators are on hand to help solve any issues. If bullying ever happens, adults quickly step in.

“Pupils enjoy the range of opportunities on offer. Leaders are keen to ensure that all pupils who want to join clubs can do so. From football to film club, there is something for everyone.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

“Leaders have thought carefully about what they want pupils to learn. Careful curriculum sequencing helps pupils to build on what they have learned before. For example, in geography, pupils in Years 1 and 2 enjoy learning the names of the continents through songs. Pupils in Years 3 and 4 recap this learning before moving on to identify mountains, using maps. 

“In mathematics, pupils in Year 6 learning about scale factor explain how what they have learned before helps them to learn this new concept. 

“However, teachers do not always check what pupils understand in lessons, or whether they have gaps in what they have learned before. 

“This means that they cannot consistently adapt teaching to address any misconceptions or missing knowledge.”

Full report – https://files.ofsted.gov.uk/v1/file/50215088