OFSTED 2022..."Pupils describe West Horndon as being a big family. Staff know pupils well. Pupils are proud to be part of such a welcoming school...Leaders have high aspirations for all pupils. Pupils rise to meet these expectations. All staff share this vision. Leaders make sure pupils have a wide set of experiences. These help pupils develop into confident individuals. Pupils develop their self-esteem through extra responsibilities...Leaders have developed an inspirational curriculum that is designed to meet the needs of pupils at West Horndon. ..The whole school environment is a celebration of language and vocabulary...Pupils are well behaved in lessons and around school. They know the school rules...Leaders consider staff’s workload and well-being. Staff enjoy working at the school and feel supported by leaders." Pupils do not disrupt lessons. Pupils always do their best and want to make their teachers proud of what they can achieve. ...


We are delighted to provide details of the homework expectations for each year group this year. We have considered all feedback and made some subtle changes. Homework is always a hot topic with a wide range of parental views.

We have now introduced 'Accelerated Reader' for all children in Key Stage 2 and 'free' readers in year 2. This will enable both us and you to better support and keep track of children's reading and progress.

In year 5 and 6, we are introducing a daily journal to support well-being and mindfulness.

All children in key stage two will have a homework diary to support personal organisation. Year 7 and 8 pupils tell us when they return it is an area in which they felt they had had more experience.

Finally, all families will receive an 'an activity passport' based on the DfE publication which encourages and supports families in providing meaningful experiences for children outside school.