|Name||Dunstable Icknield Lower School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||25 May 2011|
|Address||Burr Street, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 3AG|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||Unknown|
|Local Authority||Central Bedfordshire|
|Percentage Free School Meals||5.9%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||6.8%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about the school
Dunstable Icknield Lower is larger than the average sized primary school and is situated near the centre of the town. The percentages of pupils from minority ethnic groups and those for whom English is an additional language are both below the national average, but increasing. The percentage of students with disabilities and those with special educational needs is significantly lower than the national average and over the last three years has fallen. The proportion of those with a statement of special educational need is broadly average but has also fallen in recent years. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is below average and has remained stable in recent years. The school holds the international schools award and the effective early learning quality assurance mark.
This is an outstanding school that has continued to improve since the last inspection. The inspirational leadership of the headteacher and her leadership team has led to improvements in the quality of teaching and the achievement of pupils. Almost all pupils make outstanding progress throughout their time in the school as a result of teaching that consistently sets high expectations. Test results are high at the end of Key Stage 1 and by the time pupils leave at the end of Year 4 they are well ahead of the expected level for their age in English and mathematics. All groups of pupils do well and through highly effective support the number of pupils with special educational needs has been significantly reduced. Teaching is outstanding overall because of its consistently high quality. Lessons are planned to meet the needs of different groups of learners and additional support is deployed well for this purpose. Group work and paired discussions are frequent. Lessons move at a cracking pace and instances of overlong teacher led activities are exceptionally rare. Behaviour of pupils is of a very high standard, as reflected in their attitude and conduct in lessons and around the school. They get on very well together, respecting each other’s differences and are very welcoming towards newcomers. Pupils nearly always enjoy their learning and only very occasionally become restless if an activity goes on for too long. Pupils overwhelmingly say they feel safe in school and this is backed up unanimously by parents. Overall attendance is satisfactory because of the high absence rate of a small minority of pupils. The headteacher and leaders at all levels provide very strong leadership which has led to improvements in teaching and achievement. They are well supported by the governing body. Leaders have raised expectations of teachers, pupils and parents through rigorous monitoring and tracking of pupil performance and setting challenging targets which, when they are judged to have been met have been raised further.