Bedford Road Primary Academy

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About Bedford Road Primary Academy

Name Bedford Road Primary Academy
Ofsted Inspections
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Ms Cheryl Williams
Address Hillgrounds Road, Kempston, Bedford, MK42 8QH
Phone Number 01234851011
Phase Academy
Type Academy sponsor led
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Bedford
Highlights from Latest Inspection
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils feel happy and safe at Bedford Road Primary School. Leaders ensure pupils are well looked after.

If pupils are worried or are not getting on with their friends, staff make things better. Bullying rarely happens. When it does, staff take it seriously and sort out the issue.

Older pupils act as 'ambassadors' for their school. They enjoy this role, looking after younger pupils or representing the school in the community. There are a range of activities on the playground that everyone enjoys.

For example, pupils and children take turns and share the basketball equipment. Clubs and trips, which were paused by the pandemic, are starting to slowly return.
Pupils behave well.

They are kind and courteous to staff, visitors and each other. In class, they focus on their learning. Lessons are not disrupted very often as the majority of pupils follow the rules.

Adults use a range of effective strategies to help keep pupils' behaviour on track.

In Reception Year, children access a well-designed curriculum. It helps the children gain the necessary knowledge so they are ready for Year 1 and beyond.

However, the rest of the school's curriculum has areas which require further improvement to support all pupils to achieve as well as they could.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Since the previous inspection, leaders have worked effectively to improve the school. With the support of governors, leadership across the school has been strengthened.

New middle leaders are bringing about swift change. For example, an improved early years curriculum is becoming more established. It is making a difference to the youngest children, who are getting off to a good start.

However, across the rest of the school, the curriculum is not as well developed. While the pandemic has played a part in slowing the pace of improvement, there is more work for leaders to do to ensure consistency and a high-quality curriculum across all subjects.

In some subjects, such as mathematics, leaders have thought carefully about what they want pupils to know.

The learning starts early, in Reception Year, and forms a solid foundation to build new knowledge as pupils progress through the school. For example, adults support pupils in Reception Year with early number, so they have the right knowledge for their learning in Year 1.

Where the curriculum is less well developed, subject plans have not arranged knowledge in a helpful way.

In these subjects, pupils find learning tricky. Additionally, pupils sometimes spend more time learning some subjects at the cost of others. When this happens, pupils do not always have the time to build up a deep understanding of a topic or piece of knowledge.

They do not easily remember what they have been taught, such as in geography. While leaders have been making improvements, there is still work to do to ensure the curriculum is well organised and systematically taught.

Leaders ensure that all staff access appropriate subject training which is linked to the improving curriculum.

Teachers' subject knowledge is growing. Teachers' in-class checks help them spot gaps in pupils' understanding. However, some assessment is not linked closely to the key knowledge in each subject.

This is because not all knowledge is clearly identified. Consequently, assessment is not always clear in helping teachers and leaders know who is behind and needs to catch up.

Learning to read starts early in Reception Year.

Well-trained adults use the school's chosen scheme to teach children phonics effectively. However, there is an issue when pupils fall behind with their reading. Pupils do not catch up quickly enough when they fall behind.

While the reading curriculum is well established in the younger year groups, it has only recently been improved for older pupils. Pupils' progress through the reading curriculum is still not as good as it could be.

Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) have high-quality support.

Teaching assistants are well trained. They work closely with teachers to ensure effective adaptions are made to support pupils with SEND to access the same curriculum as their peers.

The school's 'values' education supports pupils to be respectful, tolerant members of the school community.

A coherently planned personal, social, health and economic education curriculum teaches pupils about a range of topics in an age-appropriate way. For example, pupils have knowledge about how others may be different from themselves and what 'democracy' is.

The school's clear behaviour routines are known and used consistently by all staff.

Children in early years effectively manage their emotions and feelings. Pupils of all ages behave well across the school.

All staff want the school to improve.

Staff fully support leaders' and governors' drive to make the school better for everyone.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders ensure all staff are well trained to spot if a pupil is at risk of harm.

Staff know the different risks to pupils, including local issues such as county lines illegal drugs transportation. They teach pupils effectively about how to keep safe in the community and online.

Safeguarding records are detailed.

They show appropriate and timely responses to concerns about pupils. Safeguarding records are closely linked with information about behaviour and attendance so important information is not missed.

A range of in-school and external support is available to make sure pupils and their families get the help they need.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In some subjects, knowledge is not clearly identified, well sequenced and arranged in a helpful way which supports pupils' learning. This means that pupils do not easily remember what they have learned and make the progress that they should. Leaders must ensure that all subjects have well-sequenced knowledge and that staff are trained well to implement the curriculum plans effectively.

• In some subjects, assessment is not always clearly aligned with the knowledge learned by the pupils. This means it does not help identify misconceptions, support leaders to make adjustments to the curriculum or help pupils catch up quickly. Leaders need to review all assessment and ensure that it is closely linked to the knowledge learned and useful in supporting pupils to make progress through the curriculum.

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