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Abel Smith school is a one form entry primary school with a thriving pre-school and nursery located in the town centre of Hertford. We were judged by Ofsted as ‘outstanding’ in all 4 categories in November 2013. The school community strives to sustain this ranking and self-evaluation currently judges the provision as outstanding in all four areas. In terms of the main school, the proportion of free school meals (5.7%), special educational needs (8.4%) and English as an additional language (6.9%) is low when compared nationally. We may achieve excellent results, but this is secondary to our belief in an inclusive environment and the individual experience of every child. We work very hard to ensure that children are nurtured and have access to a wide variety of experiences to support their development and well-being.
The age range is 2 years 6 months to 11 years and most children live within a 1.5K radius of the school. We currently have 261 children on our roll. The pre-school, nursery and reception classes form an Early Year’s Centre, housed in a Grade II listed building. 30-hours free childcare is offered as part of our Early Years provision and has proved to be very successful. Attainment on entry is at national expectations and the deprivation factor is low. The school is at capacity and oversubscribed. We received 216 first choice applications for a reception place in September 2019, which speaks volumes about the standing of the school in our community and how parents feel after visiting and meeting our team. I believe our commitment to a nurturing and enriching primary school experience provided by dedicated, specialist and experienced staff is at the heart of this.