Camp School was inspected by Ofsted on the 1st February 2018.
The report was very positive and concluded that, ‘This school continues to be good.’ It also recognised so many strengths of the school whilst capturing the essence of those things that make Camp uniquely special.
Here are a few quotes from the report:
You have instilled a love of learning across the school through teaching that is engaging and challenging.
Parents and carers support your pursuit of excellence for your pupils. One commented: ‘I feel this school has a very strong leadership team, and that this feeds down through the staff, giving them the support they need to teach and provide support to the children under their care.’
Parents spoke highly of school leaders and the values staff instil in their children. One parent’s comment – ‘Camp Primary School stands out as a uniquely caring, nurturing school in which differences are celebrated’ – is reflected in the views of many.
Governors work effectively with school leaders to ensure that the school’s vision of ‘an environment where children and staff engage in learning with passion and enjoyment, and achieve their full potential’ is realized.
The full report is available here: Camp Primary and Nursery School OFSTED Inspection 2018
Key Stage 2 Results
At Camp School we are proud of the strong achievements of our pupils at the end of Key Stage 2. Outcomes in the national tests show a sustained improvement in achievement and our progress measures for 2015 show 100% of our pupils making at least expected progress in all areas of reading, writing and mathematics – exceeding national levels.
Please see external letters of congratulations received based on 2015 results below:
The latest KS2 Results can be found on the Statutory Information Page
Hertfordshire Quality Standard
Camp School has been awarded the Hertfordshire Quality Standards accreditation (HQS). The HQS award recognises the quality of our early years practice and provision. It is a scheme that allows early years practitioners and providers the opportunity to reflect on practice in consultation with parents, children and the wider school community in order to grow and develop services.
Huge thanks must go to Mary Nethersole, our Early Years Foundation Stage Leader, and our wonderful Foundation Stage team, for all of their time and hard work during the accreditation process, which began in Summer term 2011. Thank you also to all of the parents and carers that contributed to the consultation process.
The award recognises the school’s success in developing the strategic use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) across the curriculum and in administration, and our commitment to continual improvement through ICT. The award is particularly pleasing for the school ICT Subject Leader, Monisha Ahmed, who has led the development of ICT across the school for several years and who prepared the school for the ICT Mark accreditation visit which took place in March 2011.
In the report produced after the visit, the assessor singled out several areas of ICT practice for particular praise. The assessor found that ‘The school is buzzing with ideas’ and that ‘it is the almost constant stream of communication between the staff that has made ICT come alive in this school’. On the acquisition and use of ICT equipment, he notes that ‘This is a forward looking school that carefully evaluates the benefits of new technologies’ but ‘wants to maximise the impact of every penny spent’.
The assessor comments that, ‘There can be fewer more impressive things to see than “awe and wonder” in action’ and says that the visualisers in the school ‘exemplify excellent work’. In conclusion, the report notes that ‘The passion for ICT is evident and this has resulted in ICT underpinning the work of the whole school.’
Camp was the first school in St Albans to be awarded the top “Green Flag” accreditation by the Eco Schools organisation. Eco-Schools is an international award programme that helps to embed sustainable ideas into school life and recognises success through a number of awards of which the Green Flag is the highest. Camp has been awarded Green Flag status in recognition of the excellent work done by the school community to improve its sustainability – one of the school’s priority areas and a significant achievement for a Victorian school site.
Our team of Eco Champions looked at and changed the behaviour in the school of nine key areas, from litter and healthy eating to biodiversity. Whilst lots had already been done, we are keen to embed the strategies begun and also to further promote areas such as walking/cycling to school and improving the energy efficiency of the building. The assessors particularly commented on our local community involvement, the commitment of the whole school community and the quality of the work done so far.
Quality in Study Support
Quality in Study Support (QiSS) is an accreditation that recognises a school’s promotion and organisation of extra-curricular or extended learning opportunities, which pupils take part in voluntarily. Such activities aim to develop motivation, build self-esteem and help young people to become effective learners. The accreditation focuses on providing every child with opportunities to take part in activities they are interested in, and which help to raise achievement in the classroom.
Camp Primary and Nursery School achieved QiSS ‘Emerged’ status in 2011, and ‘Established’ status in June 2013. Camp’s QiSS team is led by Christine Haseler, our Extended Learning Opportunities Coordinator.