Tithe Farm Primary School

Name Tithe Farm Primary School
Website http://www.tithefarmprimary.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Tithe Farm Road, Houghton Regis, Dunstable, LU5 5JB
Phone Number 01582865047
Type Primary
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 341 (53.1% boys 46.9% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.5
Local Authority Central Bedfordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 17.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 29.9%
Persistent Absence 9.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 14%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (15 January 2019)
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Information about this school

The school is an average-sized primary school. Children in the early years are taught in a Reception class and a Nursery class. The Nursery takes two-year-old children only in the afternoon session. The headteacher joined the school in January 2017. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is higher than in the average primary school. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is well above the national average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is above the national average. No pupils access any alternative provision.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher, other leaders and governors have driven up standards since the previous inspection. Teaching, learning and the curriculum are now good. Pupils make strong progress from their varied starting points by the end of key stage 2, especially – but not exclusively – in reading. This includes disadvantaged pupils. Pupils access an interesting, relevant and rich curriculum. They are enthused by the opportunities available to them, including the extra-curricular activities, residential trips and visits. Governors are effective in their roles. They have high aspirations for pupils in school and in the community. They provide the headteacher with effective challenge and support. Pupils’ behaviour and attitudes to learning are a strength of the school. They are respectful and courteous to each other and adults and they make a significant contribution to the school’s welcoming atmosphere. Leaders and staff are adept at supporting the most vulnerable pupils. Most notably, the work of the family support worker is effective in supporting pupils and families. Children get off to a good start in the well-managed early years classes. Adults work skilfully and sensitively with children, parents and carers, including those children who need support to catch up with their peers. Almost all staff, pupils and parents who took part in Ofsted’s online surveys – and those spoken to during the inspection – were positive about the teaching and learning opportunities that the school provides. The headteacher and her staff have improved the quality of teaching, learning and assessment through intensive monitoring and training. Even so, some teachers’ knowledge is not as well developed as that of others. Leadership at all levels – including subject leadership – has improved considerably since the previous inspection. However, a few leaders are not yet evaluating the impact of their work precisely enough. Although standards have improved considerably, teachers are not yet ensuring that the most able pupils are receiving regular opportunities to reach the higher standards by the end of key stage 2.