Free school story: Hatfield Community Free School

Hatfield Community Free School was among the first free schools to be judged ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

The school, which opened in 2012 on the site of the former New Briars Primary School.

The school specialises in science and technology and their approach is modelled on charter schools in Chicago and New York. The school was originally proposed by a group of parents and community leaders working together who were responding to a growing need for places in Hatfield. During their Ofsted inspection Hatfield Community Free School was identified as having high standards in reading, writing and mathematics with many pupils performing a year above where they would be expected to be at their age.

Responding to the results of the inspection, Executive Principal ,  Dr Sue Attard, was overjoyed with the outcome – commenting: “We are all delighted with the outcome of our inspection, it really captured the essence of our school. This is centred on the rights of the child being heard by our highly dedicated staff who always place the children’s wellbeing at the forefront of their work, each and every day." She continued: "Our parents have created a community who work together with staff and governors to make sure everyone is fully inclusive in all our actions. We intend to celebrate our success in the coming weeks with an event for the entire school community.”

The school believes that all children can achieve academic and social success and want every child to know that they are on their way to a good job, college or university. They work closely with parents as partners in the successful learning journey of their children. Children are also encouraged to work as volunteers on improvement projects in school and in the wider community helping build their sense of community and citizenship.