Langford Village Academy

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About Langford Village Academy

Name Langford Village Academy
Ofsted Inspections
Principal Mrs Debbie Randall
Address Church Street, Langford, Biggleswade, SG18 9QA
Phone Number 01462629000
Phase Academy
Type Academy sponsor led
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 208 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 11.6
Academy Sponsor Bedfordshire Schools Trust Limited
Local Authority Central Bedfordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The principal has ensured that there is a strong focus on improving teaching and learning leading to improving outcomes for pupils. She effectively delegates leadership throughout the school.

All leaders are clear about their responsibilities, and have a proactive role in improving teaching and learning. Governors know the school well. They understand and are fully committed to their role in improving the quality of education.

Governors are well informed about pupils' learning and hold leaders to account for pupils' achievement. The quality of teaching is good. A high proportion of pupils are currently producing work of a good standard in... reading, writing and mathematics.

Teaching assistants provide effective support to improve pupils' learning in lessons when working with individuals and small groups. Pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities achieve well because the challenges they face are quickly identified, appropriate support is provided, and checks on their achievement are thorough and accurate. The well-designed curriculum enriches pupils' lives through a good range of engaging activities.

Pupils learn important values such as tolerance, respect and thoughtfulness. This contributes strongly to effectively developing pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural growth. Pupils like school and attend regularly.

They are confident and happy. Pupils behave very well in lessons and around the school. They feel safe and are well cared for.

Parents are supportive of the school, and appreciate the caring ethos and friendly, professional staff. Although teaching is effective, there are occasions when the most able pupils do not have the opportunity to apply their learned skills and the work they do is not challenging enough. As a result, the most able pupils do not always reach the higher standard of which they are capable.

Early years provision is good. However, the outdoor learning environment is not yet fully developed to allow children to follow their interests, make choices and be as purposefully engaged as they could be.

Information about this school

Langford Village Academy is a smaller than the average-sized primary school and converted to an academy in June 2014.

The school is part of the Bedfordshire multi-academy trust (BEST). The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium is below the national average. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is well below the national average, as is the proportion of pupils whose first language is not believed to be English.

The proportion of pupils who receive special educational needs support, or who have a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan, is in line with the national average. The school is host to a class of pupils from a local special school. These pupils are not on the school's roll and the school has no responsibility for their education.

The principal also leads a second school in a local partnership, spending half her week at Langford Village Academy. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school complies with Department for Education guidance on what academies should publish.

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