Flitwick Lower School

Name Flitwick Lower School
Website http://www.flitwick-lower-school.net
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 15 January 2013
Address Temple Way, Flitwick, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK45 1LU
Phone Number 01525755444
Type Primary
Age Range 4-9
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Central Bedfordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 3.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 4.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is an average-sized primary school. Pupils transfer to a local middle school at the end of Year 4 so there are no government floor standards. The large majority of pupils is White British and comes from the surrounding area. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for children in local authority care and pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, is below the national average. The proportions of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action are average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. There is no alternative off-site provision for any pupils.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Standards in English and mathematics are above average. Pupils are doing well in all key stages including the Early Years Foundation Stage. Standards have risen since the previous inspection and continue to rise. The strong leadership and management of the headteacher and governors are the main reasons for the improvements in teaching and pupils’ learning. The senior leadership team has an accurate understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses. The staff team are all committed to improving the school further. Teaching is good and some is outstanding. Teachers know how well each pupil is doing and they make clear to pupils what is expected of them. Reading is a strength of the school. Pupils read fluently with enjoyment and leave with above average standards. Pupils enjoy their learning and are keen to do better. Their attendance in the last three years has been above average. Behaviour is usually good. Pupils feel safe, they are polite, and often help each other during play and with their work. The improvement since the previous inspection means that the school is well placed to improve further. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Although good, the quality of teaching is not yet consistently outstanding and pupils do not have enough chance to work by themselves. Some teachers are newly in charge of subjects and these staff are not yet playing a full part in checking the quality of teaching and learning.