Castle Newnham School

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About Castle Newnham School

Name Castle Newnham School
Ofsted Inspections
Federation Principal Mrs Ruth Wilkes
Address Goldington Road, Bedford, MK40 3EP
Phone Number 01234300800
Phase Primary
Type Foundation school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 679
Local Authority Bedford
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Castle Lower School is an outstanding school providing an exceptionally high quality of education for all its pupils.

Achievement is outstanding overall although pupils' writing in Key Stage 2 is not always quite as strong as their reading and mathematics. Teaching is consistently good or better and a very high proportion is outstanding. Teaching inspires pupils.

This is why they are making rapid progress. Pupils in the Early Years Foundation Stage settle in very quickly and make rapid progress. Pupils are exceptionally polite.

Through their outstanding behaviour in lessons, they help each other do better. They feel safe... and secure in school. Their attendance is well above average.

Leaders and managers work extremely effectively to make sure key aspects of the school, including teaching and achievement, continue to improve. This results in an excellent learning experience for all pupils. Governors regularly check how well the school is doing and they have taken very effective action to make sure improvements have been sustained.

Information about this school

Castle Lower School is much larger than the average primary school, with pupils aged 3-9. The school includes a nursery which is attended by 60 children on a part-time basis. The school population is mainly White British, although the proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is higher than the national average.

A significant minority of pupils speak English as an additional language. A below-average proportion of pupils are supported by the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, children looked after by the local authority and other groups of pupils. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs supported by school action is below average, as is the proportion supported by school action plus or through a statement of special educational needs.

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