Wootton Lower School

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About Wootton Lower School

Name Wootton Lower School
Website http://www.woottonlowerschool.org
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr Chris Tavener
Address Bedford Road, Wootton, Bedford, MK43 9JT
Phone Number 01234768239
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 3-9
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 607
Local Authority Bedford
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Strong leadership by the headteacher has resulted in improvements in the quality of teaching and higher standards in reading, writing and mathematics.

Pupils' achievement is good. In all year groups pupils make good progress. Standards at the end of Year 4 in reading, writing and mathematics are rising steadily and are above expectations for the age.

Teaching is good with some examples of outstanding practice. Pupils behave well and have a good understanding of personal safety. Pupils' attendance is above average.

The governing body checks closely on the work of the school and sets challenging but appropriate targets for the hea...dteacher. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Occasionally teachers do not match the work closely enough to the learning needs of each pupil. Some teachers do not use supplementary questions often enough to check pupils' understanding and to extend their thinking.

Pupils have yet to develop the skills of evaluating their own learning and commenting on their classmates' work. The outdoor area in the Early Years Foundation Stage has not yet been fully developed as a natural extension of the classroom and to fully cover all areas of learning.

Information about this school

The school is an average-sized primary school.

Most pupils are of White British heritage. The remaining pupils come from a number of different minority ethnic backgrounds. A very small minority of pupils speak English as an additional language.

None are currently at the early stages of learning English. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is below average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also below average.

The proportion of pupils supported through the pupil premium (additional government funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, who are looked after by the local authority and other eligible groups) is below average. The headteacher was appointed for the start of the summer term 2011. Two existing members of staff took on senior leadership roles from the start of the autumn term 2013.

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