Double Outstanding for ‘aspirational’ Crabtree

Mar 11, 2024 | News | 0 comments

Crabtree Infants’ and Junior Schools are celebrating a double success after they were both rated Outstanding in all areas by Ofsted. 

The Harpenden schools received the top grade within three months of each other after full inspections by the education watchdog. They were both previously rated Outstanding in 2009. 

In the latest report Crabtree Infants’, which was inspected last month, was praised for its ambitious curriculum, high expectations and opportunities for pupils to develop their character. 

The report says: “This is a school where all pupils, including children in the early years, can flourish. The inclusive, calm and harmonious environment helps pupils to thrive. The school is aspirational. Pupils develop highly positive attitudes to their learning right from the start. 

“Staff make it a priority to know all the pupils and their families well. Pupils arrive each day full of smiles and eager to start their learning. Behaviour is exemplary during lessons, around the school and in the playground. Pupils care and look out for each other. They are confident to take risks and know it is okay to make mistakes. Pupils are overwhelmingly happy at school.” 

The report adds: “Pupils, and their parents and carers, would unreservedly recommend this school to others. Everyone is proud to be part of the Crabtree family.” 

The school, which is a Little Wandle Champion School and already renowned for its exemplary phonics and early reading, received further praise in the report, which stated: “Reading has the highest priority. The phonics programme is delivered to an exceptionally high standard.”

Crabtree Junior was inspected last November and praised for its rich, ambitious curriculum, high-quality pastoral support and impressive knowledge and behaviour of pupils. The report says: “Pupils here have ‘G.R.I.T’ in abundance. The values of growth, resilience, independence and teamwork are golden threads that run through the school. A plethora of opportunities to be leaders are hungrily accepted by pupils, who want to make their school the best it can be.”

Emma Simmons, Executive Headteacher of Crabtree Schools, says: “I’m so proud that we have successfully achieved the ‘double’ and received Outstanding grades across the board. Crabtree Infants’ and Junior Schools are ambitious, happy and harmonious places for children to learn and grow and I’m delighted that this has been recognised by Ofsted.” 

Emma adds: “This exceptional result is testament to the hard work, passion and dedication of our entire school community. We are excited about the future and look forward to continuing to support other schools, both in the local area and within the Trust.”