18 June 2014

Hatfield Community Free School, in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire, has become one of the few primary schools in the country to be judged by Ofsted to be outstanding in every area.

Report highlights

The report highlighted pupils' behaviour as impeccable and also the overwhelming support that the school receives from parents. The teachers have high expectations and the ability to teach lessons that interest, excite and inspire pupils to learn. The governors actively support the school and rigorously monitor its work. Standards in reading, writing and mathematics are also high with pupils achieving one year above age-related expectations and in some cases two years above.

Dr Sue Attard, Executive Principal, said: "We are all pleased with the outcome of our inspection because it captured the essence of our school, which is centered on the rights of the child to be listened to by a highly dedicated staff team who place their well being at the forefront of their work each day. Our parents have created a community who work together with staff and governors to make sure we are fully inclusive in all our actions."

Innovative model school

Ross Renton, Dean of Students at the University of Hertfordshire, said: "This is great recognition of the exceptional leadership, staff and governance within the School. I am proud of our role in helping to develop this innovative model school and the positive role it is having within the community. As a member of the Trust we will continue our goal to raise standards and aspirations for every pupil."

Gill Jones, Chair of Governors, added: "The governors are absolutely delighted that the achievement of the children and the excellent work of the school has been recognised by this outstanding judgement."


The Ofsted inspection graded overall effectiveness, achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management to be outstanding. It took place on 20 and 21 May 2014 and was carried out under the more rigorous inspection framework that was introduced in September 2012. Under this new framework, it is expected that fewer than 5% of schools in the country will achieve an outstanding judgement. The school intends to celebrate its success in the coming weeks with an event for the entire school community.