Biggleswade Academy

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About Biggleswade Academy

Name Biggleswade Academy
Ofsted Inspections
Academy Principal Mr Mark Steer
Address Mead End, Biggleswade, SG18 8JU
Phone Number 01767660515
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 2-13
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1198
Local Authority Central Bedfordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Parents and carers are positive about the school and the recent changes in senior leadership.

They say that this has improved the running of the school. Pupils behave well and feel safe. They show good attitudes to learning.

Pupils of all ages get on well together. An inclusive culture and the acceptance of difference are strengths of the school. Pupils respect people from different backgrounds and treat everyone equally.

The teaching of reading and mathematics is good. Pupils are proud of their work and enjoy talking about what they are learning. Pupils do not correct their spelling and grammatical errors because teaching staff not point them out to them regularly enough.

Leaders do not ensure that the Year 7 catch-up funding is spent effectively to benefit the pupils for whom it is intended. Staff are proud to work at the school. They welcome the recent improvements.

Relationships between staff and pupils are strong. Consequently, pupils behave well in class, work hard and make the most of their learning time. Trustees understand the strengths and weaknesses of the school.

They provide a good level of challenge and support to leaders. Governance structures are now appropriate and effective. Leaders correctly identify and work to remove the barriers to learning of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

As a result, pupils with SEND make good progress from their starting points. Leaders are rigorous in their promoting and monitoring of attendance. Overall attendance is in line with the national average.

Teaching in early years requires improvement. Adults do not consistently model play or use questioning that extends the knowledge and understanding of children. At times, some pupils are not given sufficient challenge.

Consequently, these pupils do not make as much progress as they could. Leaders and governors have not ensured that pupils have enough opportunities to apply their knowledge, skills and understanding across the curriculum. Leaders' analysis of data is not forensic enough to ensure that all pupils make the strong progress they should.

Information about this school

Biggleswade Academy became an academy in August 2012. It is currently the only member of Life Academies Trust and is managed and governed directly by the trust board. Biggleswade Academy was formed when Holmemead Middle School and Southlands Lower School merged.

There are two separate nursery provisions. One is on the Biggleswade Academy site, and The Lawns Nursery is on a separate site. The Lawns Nursery became part of Biggleswade Academy in 2016.

Biggleswade Academy is larger than the average-sized middle or primary school. The school has specially resourced provision for eight pupils with autism spectrum disorder. There is a well-established arrangement for pupils from a nearby special school to use classrooms and join in activities at Biggleswade Academy.

Almost all pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is below average. Over half the pupils join the school in Year 5 from other local lower schools.

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