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. 2024 New Intake Prospective Parent Tours 2nd Oct at 10.30am, 30th Nov at 9.30am and 11 Jan at 9.30am Please call the school office or email admin@westhorndon.essex.sch.uk to book a space.

Phonics Overview

Phonics at West Horndon Primary School

At West Horndon Primary School, we believe that reading is the bedrock for all academic learning, and a vital skill for ongoing achievement, fulfilment and communication. Therefore, it is imperative that children are given the best start in their reading journey, which we deliver through our phonics teaching. Essential Letters and Sounds is a DfE approved systematic synthetic phonics programme which is designed to teach children how to read through the act of decoding and blending.

We provide consistent teaching, giving opportunities for repetition and practice on a daily basis. Reading books will be selected by teachers to match the sounds that are currently being taught, in order that parents can support their children in consolidating learning.

Please visit https://essentiallettersandsounds.org/ for full details.