Parkfields Middle School


Name Parkfields Middle School
Website http://www.parkfieldsschool.co.uk
Inspections
Ofsted Inspections
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Address Park Road, Toddington, Dunstable, LU5 6AB
Phone Number 01525872555
Type Academy
Age Range 9-13
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 467 (51.6% boys 48.4% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.9
Academy Sponsor The Pyramid Schools Trust
Local Authority Central Bedfordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 6.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5.4%
Persistent Absence 6.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 15.0%%
Highlights from Latest Inspection
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.

Key findings

This is an outstanding school.

It has improved since its last inspection, when it was also found to be outstanding. Pupils flourish in an environment that fosters their academic progress and broader social development exceptionally well. All groups of pupils, including deaf pupils, make very rapid and sustained progress and achievement is excellent.

Attainment in all subjects is consistently well above the levels expected nationally by the time pupils leave school. The outstanding curriculum makes a great contribution to the pupils' academic success and their excellent spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. This helps them to develop into mature, responsible and thoughtful young pe...ople.

The school makes excellent use of its specialist science status to extend and enrich learning across all subject areas. Teachers plan very interesting lessons and challenge pupils with high expectations. The pursuit of consistently outstanding teaching is increasingly being met because of the commitment and dedication of the staff.

Teachers occasionally miss opportunities to stretch some pupils to be more creative in their learning. Pupils' outstanding behaviour contributes very well to the strong relationships and very positive atmosphere in the school. Pupils have excellent attitudes to learning, attend regularly and take full advantage of the wealth of opportunities on offer to them.

They take a great pride in their school. Pupils are outstandingly well cared for and feel extremely safe. Leadership and management are exceptionally strong.

The headteacher and his senior team know the school's strengths and development needs well and have guided its growth with well-focused and successful planning. Governors and the wider Harlington Area School Trust provide an ambitious and clear vision for the continuing success of the pupils.

Information about the school

This average-sized middle school serves Toddington and the surrounding villages.

Since the last inspection pupils have joined the school from a steadily increasing number of lower schools. In September 2011, Year 5 pupils came from 15 different lower schools. Parkfields Middle School is a member of the Harlington Area School Trust, an education partnership.

The great majority of pupils are of White British heritage, with a very small number at the early stages of learning English. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is well below average. The proportion of pupils who are supported at school action plus or have a statement of special educational needs is average.

Since 1 April 2012 the governing body, on behalf of the Harlington Area School Trust, has managed a specially resourced provision on the school site for pupils with special educational needs who are deaf. This currently provides for eight pupils from across the local authority. The school specialises in science.

It meets the government's current floor standard, which sets the minimum expectations for pupils' attainment and progress. The school's breakfast club is managed by the governing body and was included in the inspection. Among its awards the school has Sportsmark Gold, the International School Award and National Healthy School Status.