Hertford Infant and Nursery School


School Guide Rating

Not Rated

This school has 13 parent reviews

Hertford Road
3 - 7
Community school
4 1 1 2 3 4
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Pupil/Teacher ratio
Persistent Absence
Pupils first language
not English
Free school meals
Pupils with SEN support

School Description

Hertford Infant and Nursery School is smaller than the average-sized infant school. Since the previous inspection, the school federated with the nearby Hertford Junior School on 3 July 2017 to form the Hertford Federation. One governing body oversees both schools. The executive headteacher manages both Hertford Infant and Nursery School and Hertford Junior School. She took up this post in September 2018. The Nursery operates three days a week. In addition to the Nursery, the school has five classes. There are two Reception classes, one Year 1 class, one mixed Year 1 and Year 2 class, and one Year 2 class. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds. The proportion of pupils who are disadvantaged is broadly in line with the national Inspection report: Hertford Infant and Nursery School, 13–14 February 2019 Page 9 of 12 average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is above the national average. The proportion of pupils with an education, health and care (EHC) plan is above the national average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is below the national average. The school runs a breakfast club and an after-school club.

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Hertford Infant and Nursery School Reviews

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“Absolute gem!”
Hertford Infants is an outstanding school and learning environment for children. My eldest son is a pupil there and we couldn’t be more pleased with our community school. This school has achieved a beautiful balance between inclusion, nurture, academic attainment and fun. It boasts an amazing green space with loads of outdoor activities the children can learn from and is the focal point for the diverse and friendly community it resides in. Performance markers used to measure schools are very impressive for Hertford but aside from that it is an incredibly caring and supportive school with excellent staff.
“Great School”
Hertford Infants is a fantastic little school with plenty of green open space for children to thrive. Our daughter loves it and benefits from the great teaching and school ethos.
Lovely nurturing school. Passionate, creative teaching and Senior staff. Small, green and community based. My children have really bloomed in confidence and I would really recommend it, it's been such a strong start to their education and life skills. My eldest child (as will my younger 2) has gone on up to the linked Junior school, Hertford Juniors, and have had equally strong teaching and holistic care. Both are the perfect size in my opinion, not too big not too small. Heartily recommend.
“Best place to start my son's education”
My eldest son recently started his second year at Hertford Infant and Nursery School. I didn’t realise how attached our whole family would get to his school or how much he would thrive there. Yes it has a great OFSTED report, but I chose it also because of the grassy play area, the vegetable patch and gardening sessions and the fact the headteacher Zoe knows all the kids and their individual personalities. Naturally he’ll go to the junior school when it’s time and the thing I’m most pleasantly surprised to hear about the junior school is that they have fun in their SATS – the school actually makes SATs fun and the kids look forward to it!? There are loads of extracurricular activities available in both schools if kids/parents want to get involved. On a worklife balance note, Hertford Infants has a breakfast club and after school club until 6pm. The children can still attend an after school activity club such as football, pottery or street dance and go straight to the after school care, which has made childcare issues pretty much non-existent for us. I can’t recommend Hertford Infant and Nursery School enough.
“Brilliant little, nurturing school”
Hertford is such a great school. My daughter is in year one and has gone from strength to strength since starting in their nursery. The teachers are all lovely and caring, I couldn't ask for more from a school. Cannot recommend highly enough
“Fantastic Community School”
Both my children have been to this school and had wonderful experiences, my eldest moving up to Hertford Junior School. It is such a nurturing and inclusive school with genuinely caring staff. The school plays have been fabulous and funny, (and tearful at my eldest leavers performance) and I have no worries with their education watching them excel in reading and maths. The learning is topics based and full of lots of fun activities that really inspire the kids. I have spent many an afternoon after school sitting in the school garden watching the children play and chatting to other parents, making links with the community I didn't feel I would have had otherwise, and the kids love being there so much they don't want to leave!
“Warm and welcoming school”
This school has been great for my year 1 daughter. She’s made lots of friends and been supported along the way with her learning. I ask her how her day was and she always replies with a consistent and positive “good”! I appreciate the spaces available for play – and that they can stay after school and muck about with their mates on the monkey bars. Hertford embraces a real sense of community and inclusion and as a result I’m very proud that my child attends here. Also appreciated is the range of afterschool clubs available, as we both work so this is really helpful. (Particularly as they are thoroughly enjoyed, of course…)
“Great community school”
Both my children have attended Hertford Infants and Hertford Juniors and been nurtured and inspired to learn. Although they are located in the city of Brighton the feeling of an old fashioned countryside school is present at both schools due to their location on the edge of the city and start of the Downs. Lovely green spaces and focus on wellbeing and happiness rather than stats and exams. The small classes mean every child is treated as an individual and given the time and space they need to learn. There is a great community in Hollingdean and the diversity of the families prepares children for the real world ahead. Kids are caring and considerate and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Hertford Infants or Juniors to any parents.
“Lovely Schools!”
Both my children have had the privilege of attending Hertford Infant School. My son has now left to secondary school, and my daughter has gone up to Hertford Junior School. From the word go, we never regretted sending our children to either school. We come from outside the Hollingdean area and wanted a small nurturing school with an emphasis on the individual child and a holistic approach. Both schools have been fantastic in this respect. My son had difficulties with his health and anxiety, and Hertford Infants and Juniors really boosted his confidence and helped him to excel with his learning and provided us with guidance and support to help him. As a family, we loved the two form entry. It's small enough for the children to feel safe and secure, and large enough to grow, develop and make friends. It has an amazing community which is diverse and multi-cultural. I loved the outdoor spaces with children really reaping the benefits of learning outside. The School has, and continues to give, my children a strong confident happy foundation from which their learning and socialisation skills have excelled. It is a rare find to have a school that achieves both nurturing the individual needs of a child whilst ensuring their academic needs are also reached. We couldn't have asked for better as a family.
“Fantastic community school”
This is a fantastic school at the heart of a diverse community. It has a nurturing, child centred approach to learning. My eldest has just moved on to Hertford juniors and my youngest had just joined reception. One of the great thing about both these schools is the green space, so unusual in a city school and therefore a wonderful asset. We have all made so many friends through attending this school
“Lovely School”
Really lovely, small school. My daughter went to this school for 3 years and really enjoyed it. She learned well and thrived beautifully here. She recieved such a good grounding for Junior School, where she has just started. This school welcomes people from all backgrounds and walks of life.
“Brilliant small school with child focused approach”
We loved Hertford as soon as we saw it. It's so child focused, everything is designed to be interesting and appropriate for kids. We first went there to vote and I knew it was where I wanted my kids to go - a first impression solidified when I met the staff. My oldest son now has an autism diagnosis - the school were interested in his challenges but not quick to label, they were aware of his quirks and harnessed his interests and always tried to channel his passions and find a way to include him in a way that was meaningful for him. He loved his time at Hertford Infants. The creativity of the teaching and staff team often meant that he didn't know he was getting a specific intervention to help with handwriting or spelling - it was dressed up as a game and the playfulness of the staff increased his social confidence enormously. I'd say to anyone considering it - go and see it, the atmosphere and the attitude of the management and frontline staff speak loudest.
“Wonderful gem of a school”
Both my son and daughter (7 and 3) attend this school and are thriving. It's a wonderful, caring school that really focuses on the whole child as well as educational achievement. There is a strong sense of community and I especially love the outdoor green space they have to play and work in. Teachers are enthusiastic and committed. Lovely, lovely school
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