ACHIEVEMENTS & RESULTS
Our recent Ofsted Inspection took place on 11th and 12th July 2023.
The inspection was an ungraded inspection carried out under section 8 of the Ofsted handbook. An ungraded inspection differs from a graded inspection because it does not result in individual graded judgements; instead, it focuses on determining whether the school remains the same grade as it was at its previous graded inspection.
We are pleased to confirm that Camp Primary and Nursery School remains a GOOD school.
This is a very pleasing outcome and we are delighted that the hard work undertaken by the staff, pupils and whole school community has been recognised.
The Ofsted inspection was very thorough, and included deep dives into maths, reading and art as well as many meetings with staff, parents, governors, external advisors and of course the pupils. We were open and transparent around all aspects of school life and had much evidence to support the process.
Although the report is quite short it is very positive and there are many highlights that we would want to share. The report starts by saying, importantly, that Pupils are proud of their school. They are safe and happy. It then emphasises the warm relationships between adults and pupils, the high expectations for behaviour and learning and the school’s nurturing culture.
The inspector provided much more detailed and positive feedback at the end of the inspection than can possibly be included in the report. The judgement that a school is ‘Good’ in both a previous graded inspection and a new ungraded inspection can sometimes lead to a perception that nothing has changed. However, the inspector commented that this is not the case for Camp School and talked so positively about the many strengths that had been observed. In particular, she talked about the numerous pupils she had spoken to – in lessons, in meetings, on the playground and in the dining room. As usual they were such wonderful ambassadors for our school, whom the inspector described as friendly, polite, articulate, positive, young people.
Please read the full report here
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, exceeding national levels in most aspects.
The government will not publish KS2 school level data for the 2021 to 2022 academic year. They have archived data from the 2018 to 2019 academic year because they recognise that the data from that year may no longer reflect current performance.
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.
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.