The headteacher of a primary school in Harpenden has described himself as "delighted" after the establishment was rated as Outstanding by Ofsted.

The report for High Beeches Primary School, in Aldwickbury Crescent, was published on Monday (July 17).

In celebration, pupils were invited to wear party clothes on a "special day of celebration" on the last day of the summer term.

An ice cream van served children and staff on the day, during morning break.


This had been organised by the school's parents’ association (the Friends of High Beeches School).

The school had been visited by Ofsted one month prior, on June 7 and June 8.

The inspection report itself states: "Pupils at High Beeches Primary School focus on a different value each half term.


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"Their current focus is on happiness. Pupils display this value from the moment they arrive to the end of the school day.

"They are, and feel, very safe here. They love to learn and play together.

"There is a strong family atmosphere at the school."

The school's teachers were also praised by the report, with their subject knowledge described as "excellent".

The report continues: "They explain things clearly. The activities they design make learning fun and memorable.

"In a Year 3 history lesson, for example, a practical activity helped pupils understand what it was like for child plaiters in the hatting industry.

"This inspired them to produce high-quality pieces of writing.

"Pupils are highly engaged in lessons. They make the most of their learning time."

The school was previously rated Outstanding in 2017, having received a Good rating in 2006.

Headteacher Jonathan Walker reflected on the school's latest inspection: "I am delighted with the inspection report which really captures the essence of our school, our fantastic staff team and our lovely children.

"I would like to thank colleagues, parents and the whole school community, all of whom are committed to providing the very best experiences and opportunities for our children."

The school's full inspection report can be viewed on the Ofsted website: