Edward Peake CofE VC Middle School

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About Edward Peake CofE VC Middle School

Name Edward Peake CofE VC Middle School
Website http://www.edwardpeake.beds.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Federation Headteacher Miss Z J Linington
Address Potton Road, Biggleswade, SG18 0EJ
Phone Number 01767314562
Phase Secondary
Type Voluntary controlled school
Age Range 9-13
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 548
Local Authority Central Bedfordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils enjoy their school. Teachers care about their needs and keep them safe.

Pupils are taught to maintain their physical and mental well-being.

Pupils are enthusiastic about their subjects. They like learning and they enjoy reading.

However, some pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) do not receive the precise support they need to learn well.

Most pupils behave very well. They are respectful to each other and to adults.

At times, a small number of pupils do not make the best behaviour choices. Teachers kindly help pupils to behave better. Most pupils consider that bullying is rare.

They are confident th...at their teachers deal with bullying, and it stops.

Pupils have many opportunities to take part in a range of clubs and other activities outside of lessons. Pupils support the school and local community by fundraising and improving the local environment.

Many pupils take on additional responsibilities. They learn to lead and support others. They learn how to build positive human relationships.

Pupils are kind and show considerable empathy. They respect difference and welcome new pupils to their school.

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

Leaders have designed an ambitious curriculum that helps most pupils to embrace a diverse, wider world.

Teachers often carefully present the knowledge they want pupils to learn. They break learning down into manageable chunks. This helps pupils to clearly understand new knowledge which builds on what they have learned before.

For most pupils, learning becomes more demanding as they get older. This prepares the majority of pupils well for the rest of their secondary education.

A minority of teachers, however, do not have the subject knowledge to ensure that pupils learn as much as they could in some subjects.

They are not able to pick up on errors and misunderstandings. As a result, pupils continue to make the same mistakes. Some pupils do not have opportunity to apply their knowledge to more demanding tasks.

Leaders know this. They are supporting teachers so that they understand better what knowledge to teach and how to teach it.

Leaders have not clearly identified the needs of a considerable minority of pupils with SEND.

Teachers, therefore, are not aware of how best to help those pupils with complex needs. Staff do not ensure that the right strategies are used to help pupils with SEND learn well over time.

Leaders have established a powerful caring ethos.

The school's motto of 'live, love and learn' resonates throughout school life. Pupils enjoy a rich extra-curricular offer that enables them to have fun, to work with others and to hone new skills. They take part in purposeful trips to help them expand and apply their knowledge further.

Leaders have worked with teachers to develop a more positive culture around dealing with behaviour. They have invested in the 'Hive'. Here pupils explore why they behaved they way they did.

They learn how their behaviours may have affected others and what they can do to make amends. Most teachers fully embrace this approach. Leaders acknowledge that they need to continue to work with a significant minority of staff members who are less supportive of the behaviour policy.

Leaders have a clear understanding of what the school does well and how it needs to improve. There is capacity within the leadership team to ensure future improvement. Governors hold leaders to account for their actions in areas of school life such as the curriculum and safeguarding.

However, they have not made thorough checks on how the school is providing for pupils with additional needs. As a result, some pupils with SEND do not learn as well as they could.

Parents' perceptions of the school are mixed.

Some parents are highly appreciative of how the school provides for their children. Others are less convinced. Leaders know that there is work to do to communicate more effectively with parents about school life.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders ensure that all staff receive regular safeguarding training. As a result of this training, staff fully understand how to report concerns about a child's welfare.

Leaders act quickly and make appropriate referrals to the local authority. They involve a variety of outside agencies to provide pupils with the support they need.

Pupils are fully aware of how to keep themselves safe when online.

They know how to respond to any potentially inappropriate activity.

The school meticulously checks all new members of staff to make sure of their suitability to work with children.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• The needs of some pupils with SEND are not clearly identified nor communicated well enough to staff.

As a result of this, pupils with SEND do not receive the precise support they need to help them to access the curriculum, and to learn well. Leaders must ensure that the needs of all pupils with SEND are reliably identified and that there is a shared understanding of these needs among staff. Staff should meet these needs and provide the precise support pupils require to help them learn more effectively.

Leaders need to regularly evaluate the quality of support provided to ensure that they have a clear understanding of how well pupils' needs are being met. ? Governors' quality assurance of school life is inconsistent. They have not held leaders fully to account about how well the school is meeting the needs for pupils with SEND.

Governors must ensure that there are more thorough systems of monitoring to have an accurate view of the quality of education for all pupils. ? Parents hold mixed views about the school. This is because leaders have not communicated well enough with parents.

Parents have not been fully informed about the reasons behind the actions of leaders. Leaders need to communicate more effectively with stakeholders. This will ensure that parents are better informed about school life and have a clearer understanding of decisions taken by leadership that are in the pupils' best interests.

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