A HEREFORD school has been described as a centre of the local community by education watchdog Ofsted, following a recent inspection.

The Lord Scudamore Primary Academy in Friar Street was judged to continue to be good following an inspection at the beginning of February.

A new head teacher Alison Taylor has been appointed since the school was last inspected in June 2017.

It has 571 pupils aged between three and 11 years.


The inspector found that pupils enjoy attending the school that was described as being ‘like a big family.’ They feel happy and safe.

Teachers have high expectations of the students and learning is good. If pupils are struggling then this is identified and help is available.

The curriculum was described as ambitious although in a minority of subjects pupils did not learn as intended. Another issue is that some teachers are relatively new.

Behaviour is described as exemplary although there are occasional incidents of bullying and these are dealt with by staff.

"Pupils are very proud of the school’s history and the age of the school building," said the inspection report.

"They take their responsibilities seriously. These might include being on the school council or the eco-committee or being a sports captain. Pupils also enjoy visiting local places of interest or welcoming visitors who help to bring the curriculum to life.2

Safeguarding is described as effective: "There is a strong culture of safeguarding in this school. This starts with regular updates to policy and practice."