• OFSTED
    Outstanding 2014

    “The achievement of children in the Early Years is outstanding. They make consistently high rates of progress academically, personally and socially in relation to their very low starting points.”

  • OFSTED
    Outstanding 2014

    “Pupils at Key Stages 1 to 4, children in Early Years and students in the sixth form, including those those with autism and profound and multiple learning difficulties and multi-sensory impairments, make significant and sustained progress. As a result of outstanding teaching and highly effective support to indivualise learning."

  • OFSTED
    Outstanding 2014

    “A rich and stimulating, broad and balanced, and highly relevent curricullum is in place. Every pupil across the school from Early Years to the sixth form greatly benefits from an individualised curriculum with a strong emphasis on developing pupils’ communication, literacy skills and their personal, social and health education.”

  • OFSTED
    Outstanding 2014

    "Pupils with profound and muliple learning difficulties often experience a sense of wonder through well-planned sensory activities" “Under the transformational leadership of the headteacher the school has sustained outstanding leadership and management since its previous inspection."

  • OFSTED
    Outstanding 2014

    “Children are very happy and most eager to join in with their activities. They display high levels of concentration, imagination and curiosity about the world around them."

  • OFSTED
    Outstanding 2014

    "The achievement of students in the sixth form is outstanding resulting from outstanding teaching over time." “Pupils have excellent relationship with adults and show kindness and respect to each other. They are courteous and polite to adults.”

  • OFSTED
    Outstanding 2014

    " Pupils have excellent attitudes to learning and always try their very best in lessons." "The teaching of communication, literacy and numeracy is very effective."

  • OFSTED
    Outstanding 2014

    "The school's work to keep pupils safe and secure is outstanding." "Rigorous and regular monitoring of teaching through lesson observations, pupil progress meetings and scrutiny of pupils' work is outstanding."

  • OFSTED
    Outstanding 2014

    “Leaders make excellent use of the primary school physical education and sport premium.” “Pupils have excellent relationship with adults and show kindness and respect to each other. They are courteous and polite to adults.”

  • OFSTED
    Outstanding 2014

    “Teachers and teaching assistants were seen working well together in all lessons to support the learning of individual and small groups of pupils, ensuring that tasks were carefully matched to each individual pupil’s learning needs and breaking tasks down into smaller steps.”

Music


It has been another busy year for the music department with many different events taking place. Members from the school choir performed at the Albert Hall as part of the Hertfordshire schools’ Gala. It was a very exciting day, featuring hundreds of children from schools in Hertfordshire, accompanied by the Hertfordshire Schools’ Symphony Orchestra. The choir also performed at Broxbourne in the annual Christmas concert.


‘Fantastic fables and folk tales’ was the title of this year’s show. Classes entertained audiences with their colourful and musical versions of tales from around the world preceded by performances by the dance clubs and school choir.


There were visits to The Valley School to collaborate on Arts Award activities such as drumming workshops and art demonstrations. Pupils continued to work towards and complete their Bronze Arts Award with great success.


The focus country for sensory week this year was Spain. Pupils took part in sensory stories and Flamenco workshops during a very exciting week of activities.


The final event of the year was Music and Art week. We were lucky enough to be visited by Andy Pidcock who runs creative music workshops and works closely with the Welsh BBC symphony orchestra. We also had workshops and a concert provided by the folk duo Webster and Pound. Music Lab returned again to perform with pupils, who had spent all year working hard towards this performance.