Stanbridge Lower School

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About Stanbridge Lower School

Name Stanbridge Lower School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Ms Samantha Gooding
Address Tilsworth Road, Stanbridge, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 9HY
Phone Number 01525210328
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 3-9
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 113
Local Authority Central Bedfordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

All pupils at Stanbridge Lower School are valued and respected.

Pupils know staff care about them and want them to do their best. They learn in a positive environment with staff who understand their individual needs. Pupils value the support teachers give them in lessons.

They say that they have 'helpful teachers'.

Pupils are happy, polite and enjoy their learning. They show high levels of respect towards each other and make friends easily.

Pupils feel safe at school and have trusted adults that they can talk to. They behave well and follow the clear routines and expectations. Pupils say that bullying is rare and if it did happen, they know staff wou...ld deal with it quickly.

Pupils are proud of their school. They like being 'Stanbridge Stars' and achieving personal targets to earn the 'Pegasus Award'. They also have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of clubs and extra-curricular activities.

Pupils enjoy learning outdoors in the school's woodland area and spacious grounds.

Parents are welcomed into school. Staff know pupils and their families well.

Parents greatly appreciate the support from all staff and refer to the school as the 'jewel in the crown' of the local community.

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

Leaders have put in place a well-thought-out curriculum that builds pupils' knowledge over time. Teachers are clear about what pupils, including children in early years, need to know and when they need to learn it.

Subject leaders ensure teachers have the necessary subject knowledge to deliver the curriculum effectively. Teachers use this knowledge well to support pupils' learning. Staff adapt their teaching to support all pupils, ensuring they meet pupils' needs.

As a result, pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities, are able to recall what they have learned and use it to learn more. For example, in geography, pupils in Year 3 learning about counties in the UK could recall prior knowledge on countries and continents learned in Year 2.

Leaders have recently reviewed a small number of subjects and refined the steps of progression that pupils need to make.

While leaders have ably supported teachers to implement the reviewed curriculum, this is in its infancy. Leaders have not had sufficient time to fully evaluate the impact of this newer curriculum approach on pupils' achievement.

Leaders prioritise reading.

This starts from pre-school. Teachers use a systematic and consistent approach to support pupils to learn to read. Pupils have books matched to their phonics knowledge.

As a result, they can read fluently and understand what they have read.

Staff regularly assess pupils' reading. Pupils who struggle with reading are given effective support to catch up.

Pupils speak positively about books they have read. Leaders ensure books and texts are chosen with rich vocabulary and link to topics pupils learn about. This supports pupils to deepen their subject knowledge

Children in early years, including in the pre-school, benefit from a rich range of learning opportunities.

This supports them to develop a wide range of vocabulary which relates to their personal experiences. Leaders have considered what the younger children need to learn in all curriculum areas. Children leave early years with a secure foundation of reading knowledge and are well prepared for Year 1.

Behaviour at Stanbridge Lower School is good. This is because leaders spend time building positive relationships with pupils and their families. Pupils understand the high expectations staff have for them.

They are keen to ensure they follow the rules. Consequently, there is very little learning time wasted. Leaders work determinedly and have secure systems in place to support families to ensure pupils attend school regularly.

Leaders are unwavering in their commitment to ensure all pupils are included. The curriculum content, including assemblies, teaches pupils about life in modern Britain, world religions and cultures. Pupils understand democracy, for example through elections to the school council.

Consequently, they recognise the importance of treating everyone equally. As one pupil said, 'We protect everybody here'.

Staff are overwhelmingly positive about the support they receive to fulfil their roles.

They feel looked after and report high levels of well-being.

Governors know the school and community well. They fulfil their statutory duties and are continually improving their work to hold leaders to account effectively.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders ensure staff and governors have up-to-date safeguarding training. They regularly check staff's understanding of safeguarding arrangements.

All staff know how to report a concern, including about other adults.

Leaders are quick to seek help and advice from other agencies if needed. They know the local safeguarding risks and have effective measures in place to respond to any safeguarding concerns raised.

Leaders complete all necessary checks on visitors to the school and when recruiting new staff.

The curriculum content ensures that pupils know how to stay safe. Pupils understand risk and are able to knowledgably explain how to use the internet safely.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• While most of the curriculum is well developed, a few curriculum areas have recently been reviewed. Changes to the curriculum are still in their early stages. Leaders need to ensure that all teachers receive the appropriate training and support to be able deliver and evaluate all aspects of the curriculum equally well, so as to continue to improve pupils' achievement.

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