Ashtree Primary School

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Ashtree Primary School
Established 1958
Type Community Primary School
Religion Non-denominational
Headteacher Elizabeth Kirwan
Location Chertsey Rise
Local authority Hertfordshire
DfE number 919/2451
DfE URN 117352 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff 19
Students 428
Gender Coeducational
Ages 3–11

Ashtree Primary School is a large primary school located in the Shephall area of Stevenage, Hertfordshire. It is overseen by the Hertfordshire local education authority.


Ashtree Primary School was built in 1958 due to a rush of Londoners to Britain's first new town, Stevenage. The area had been designated a new town in 1946, and construction had started in Shephall in 1953.[1]

The school found itself struggling academically in the mid-1990s. It received a strongly negative Ofsted evaluation in 1997, but substantial improvements were reported in 1999 and thereafter.[2] Throughout the early 2000s, its test scores tracked consistently above the national average for England, although slightly below those for the Hertfordshire LEA.[3] In Key Stage 2 test results for 2004, its students received a mean score of 26.9.[4]


The school had 403 students enrolled in January 2004, making it the largest primary school in South Stevenage?[5] This includes 55 students who study in the attached nursery.[2]

According to the 2001 Ofsted report, roughly 19% of the student body have "been identified as having special educational needs." These needs are addressed by a three-member faculty team.

An additional 2% of students are English language learners. The 2001 report found that the school was not doing enough to address the needs of these non-native English speakers.[citation needed]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

A variety of clubs meet throughout the week. Sports include football, netball, and hockey. Other activities include cross-stitch, dance, and choir. In addition, there is a student council to which two students from each class are elected.


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Coordinates: 51°53′48″N 0°09′54″W / 51.8966°N 0.165°W / 51.8966; -0.165