Lanchester Primary School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary
PUPILS
355
AGES
4 - 11
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
Free schools
SCHOOL GUIDE RATING
Not Rated

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This pupil heat map shows where pupils currently attending the school live.
The concentration of pupils shows likelihood of admission based on distance criteria

Source: All attending pupils National School Census Data 2021, ONS
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This School Guide heat map has been plotted using official pupil data taken from the last School Census collected by the Department for Education. It is a visualisation of where pupils lived at the time of the annual School Census.

Our heat maps use groups of postcodes, not individual postcodes, and have naturally soft edges. All pupils are included in the mapping (i.e. children with siblings already at the school, high priority pupils and selective and/or religious admissions) but we may have removed statistical ‘outliers’ with more remote postcodes that do not reflect majority admissions.

For some schools, the heat map may be a useful indicator of the catchment area but our heat maps are not the same as catchment area maps. Catchment area maps, published by the school or local authority, are based on geographical admissions criteria and show actual cut-off distances and pre-defined catchment areas for a single admission year.

This information is provided as a guide only. The criteria in which schools use to allocate places in the event that they are oversubscribed can and do vary between schools and over time. These criteria can include distance from the school and sometimes specific catchment areas but can also include, amongst others, priority for siblings, children of a particular faith or specific feeder schools. Living in an area where children have previously attended a school does not guarantee admission to the school in future years. Always check with the school’s own admission authority for the current admission arrangements.

3 steps to help parents gather catchment information for a school:

  1. Look at our school catchment area guide for more information on heat maps. They give a useful indicator of the general areas that admit pupils to the school. This visualisation is based on all attending pupils present at the time of the annual School Census.
  2. Use the link to the Local Authority Contact (above) to find catchment area information based on a single admission year. This is very important if you are considering applying to a school.
  3. On each school page, use the link to visit the school website and find information on individual school admissions criteria. Geographical criteria are only applied after pupils have been admitted on higher priority criteria such as Looked After Children, SEN, siblings, etc.

How Does The School Perform?

4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.08
Ofsted Inspection
(9/7/19)
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Hempstead Road
Watford
WD17 3HD
01923224160

School Description

Lanchester Community Free School opened in September 2014 with children in the Reception classes only. Pupils have now moved up through the school into key stage 2. In September 2019, the school’s first cohort of pupils will move into Year 5. The full complement of pupils through to Year 6 will be complete by 2020. Since the school opened, pupil and staff numbers have been growing. The school is currently smaller than the average-sized primary school although its capacity is larger. Pupils come from a diverse range of educational experiences and backgrounds. The school is part of the West Herts Schools Trust. The trust delegates aspects of governance to the local governing body. The board of trustees is the accountable body. The proportion of pupils whose first language is not believed to be English is well above the national average.

Lanchester Primary School Parent Reviews



Average Parent Rating

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“Great school”

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"> Both my children are very happy to go to this school. The teachers are nice and patient with children.
“Very very good school”

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"> Super school for my grandchild👍👍👍
“Dedicated staff and great school!”

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"> Great school. They really care about each child as an individual. The staff are hard working and dedicated. Results by the children are outperforming both local and national ones. They learn Spanish from reception and there are lots of good clubs and extra activities on offer. I would definitely recommend this school and am so glad that I choose it.
“Really Good School”

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"> We love this school. I chose to send my children here when it first opened rather than any of the local established schools and I do not regret my decision. Do not judge this school by a score on a report – speak to parents of children who actually attend. All the teachers and staff give 100% and care passionately about the children. The teaching is at a high level and results back this up. They are only 20 children in a class in year 1 and reception and this makes a big difference. Ignore the local rag headlines and come and speak with parents. This school is brilliant and definitely one to watch in the future.
“Absolutely fantastic”

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"> Both my kids attend Lanchester and they were both offered place in two outstanding schools in Watford. I choose to retain my kids in Lanchester as the school’s management and senior leadership team are genuinely interested in the growth and development of the children. The kids ratio of 20 kids until year 1 is very helpful to children to give them the extra attention that they need. My kids are very happy and the school has provided them with a very good learning and safe environment that keeps the kids engaged and motivated. It’s always easier to point out what’s not working rather than looking into the effort put into making things work. I strongly recommend this school.
“Great school. Lots going on and my child loves going to school”

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"> My child loves it at this school, we have never had a day that she has not wanted to go. I love the fact that they have Spanish lessons and she is always singing Spanish songs. There is only 20 per class until year 2. They do English, Maths, Phonics and reading in the morning, every morning. The fun stuff happens in the afternoon. There is free after school care for an hour if needed, there are paid clubs for Art, Sports, music or science. There is a breakfast club and an extended after school club that is payable for the people that need it.
“Please stop calling it a "contribution"”

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"> The teachers that have taught my child have been fantastic – I cannot fault them. She loves going to school and I'm very happy she has had lovely teachers. I, however, am less than happy with the admin side of the school. They call it a "free school" yet every time there is a workshop or trip (which is almost every couple of weeks) they ask for a "contribution". It is not a contribution if children are not allowed to go if parents don't pay. Overall, I understand that the school is still reasonably new and still adjusting and policies on payments etc. may settle down in time.
“Fantastic school”

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"> Absolutely fantastic school. The teachers are passionate, enthusiastic and really care about their pupils. The pupils are stretched to the best of their ability and there are plenty of support mechanisms in place for those that need extra help. Yes, the outside space is not perfect but you need to take into account that this is a new school in a busy urban area. Playtimes are staggered and well managed. The smaller class sizes in reception and Year 1 make a huge difference and my child is doing fantastically. I would definitely recommend this school.
“Disappointed”

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"> As a parent, I am very disappointed with this school. Not very good communication with parents. Unexperienced teachers, keep changing the way of teaching in a trial-error base. Not very good outside facilities. No real playground facilities and a very small outside area but the building itself is refurbished and nice inside. I wonder how they will manage the outside area when the children reach year 6? It's already too busy and only till year 2 at the moment. Very disgreed with the other comment, they have no support at all for special needs due the lack of staff, funding and of course interest, as all they care about is about their figgers for offsted and national averages. My child does not enjoy school. I wish the system to change schools would be better and easier. I would definitley change school if thar was possible.
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Strongly Agree 55% Agree 39% Disagree 0% Strongly Disagree 6% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>55, "agree"=>39, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>6, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 33 responses up to 14-03-2020
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Figures based on 33 responses up to 14-03-2020

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Figures based on 33 responses up to 14-03-2020

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Figures based on 33 responses up to 14-03-2020

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Figures based on 33 responses up to 14-03-2020

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Figures based on 33 responses up to 14-03-2020

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Figures based on 33 responses up to 14-03-2020

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