Bushmead Primary School

Name Bushmead Primary School
Website http://www.bushmeadprimaryschool.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Bushmead Road, Luton, LU2 7EU
Phone Number 01582725387
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 799 (54.2% boys 45.8% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.8
Local Authority Luton
Percentage Free School Meals 8.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 34.6%
Persisitent Absence 6.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 3.9%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (11 July 2013)
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Information about this school

Bushmead is a very large, four-form entry primary school. About 40% of pupils are White British. Other pupils are from a wide range of minority ethnic groups. Over a quarter of pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is below average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also below average. The proportion of pupils who are eligible for the pupil premium (which provides additional funding for pupils looked after by the local authority, those known to be eligible for free school meals and those with a parent in the armed forces) is well below the national average. Pupils are taught in mixed-ability classes for almost all subjects. For lessons in mathematics, they are grouped according to ability in Years 2 to 6. For teaching of phonics (the sounds made by letters), pupils are grouped according to ability throughout Reception and Year 1. In addition to the class teachers, there are specialist teachers for music and physical education. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. The headteacher is a National Leader of Education and the school is a National Support School. The school is a partner in a newly-established Teaching Schools Alliance.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils make good progress and achieve well. Standards are rising. The headteacher and senior leaders have had an outstanding impact on teaching and learning over the past few years. Improvements in the teaching of phonics (the sounds made by letters) have resulted in a sharp rise in the school’s results in the national screening for Year 1. Teaching is typically good, and is often outstanding. Teachers explain new learning clearly and make sure that pupils have plenty of opportunities to practise new skills. New arrivals to the school, many of whom speak little English, are very well supported and make rapid progress. Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary. They are keen to learn and clearly know how to keep safe. Attendance is above average. The governing body is well organised and highly effective in carrying out its role. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is not enough outstanding teaching and a small amount requires improvement. Pupils do not always have enough opportunities to plan their own work and think for themselves. Teachers’ questioning during lessons does little to increase the level of challenge for pupils. Teachers’ marking sometimes does little to help pupils improve their work.