Sundon Lower School

Name Sundon Lower School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 03 February 2015
Address Streatley Road, Upper Sundon, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU3 3PQ
Phone Number 01525872357
Type Academy
Age Range 3-9
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Number of Pupils per Teacher 39.3
Academy Sponsor The Harlington And Sundon Academy Trust
Local Authority Central Bedfordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 2.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 6.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 3.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school converted to become an academy school in April 2013 and is part of the Harlington and Sundon Academy Trust. When its predecessor school, also known as Sundon Lower School, was last inspected by Ofsted in November 2008, it was judged to be good. The school is much smaller than the average-sized primary school. Most pupils are of White background. About one fifth of the school’s population is made up of pupils from minority ethnic groups. The proportion is below average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is above average and is equivalent to about one fifth of the school’s population. The pupil premium funding, which provides support for disadvantaged pupils, applies to less than a tenth of the pupils in the school. This is well below the national average. Early years provision comprises of one class with nursery-age children who attend in the mornings or afternoons and Reception-age children who attend full time. Since becoming an academy, the school has experienced staff and leadership changes. A new deputy headteacher took up post in September 2013. The headteacher of Sundon Lower school is also the headteacher of Harlington Lower School which is the other lower school in the academy trust. The two schools share the same governing body.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Leaders, including governors, strive for excellence and set clear priorities for improvement. Since the school became an academy, they have ensured that pupils’ achievement and the quality of teaching are good. Leaders make sure staff receive the training they need to do their jobs well. Behaviour is good and pupils say they feel safe. They value their small school community and get on well together. Teaching is good. Staff have good relationships with pupils and promote pupils’ understanding of important values very well. Pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics and in their all-round personal development. Leaders use effective systems to track how well pupils are doing and provide extra help for those in danger of falling behind. Communication with parents is good. Leaders seek the views of parents and keep them well informed. The early years provision is good. Children get off to a good start in the Nursery and Reception class. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teachers do not always expect pupils to present their work well or use their targets when writing in subjects other than English. On occasion, the most able pupils are not sufficiently challenged, and pupils are not given enough opportunities to write extensively. Teachers, including in the early years, do not make the most of every opportunity to really inspire learning. In some lessons, teaching assistants are not given enough guidance by leaders on how to support pupils’ learning.