Gilbert Inglefield Academy


Name Gilbert Inglefield Academy
Website http://www.gilbertinglefield.org
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 28 June 2016
Address Vandyke Road, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 3FU
Phone Number 01525372266
Type Academy
Age Range 9-13
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 424 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 25.2
Percentage Free School Meals 11.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.4%

Information about this school

As a middle school, Gilbert Inglefield Academy is smaller than the average-sized secondary school. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds, and the proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well below the national average. The proportion of pupils and those who have special educational needs or disabilities, or an education, health and care plan is broadly average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils for whom the school receives pupil premium funding (additional government funding to support looked after children or pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals) is above average. No pupils are educated off-site or through alternative provision. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum level expected for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school website has all the required information.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher’s unrelenting focus and determination have transformed the school since the last inspection. Standards are rising rapidly across all year groups and in most subjects. Results in key stage 2 assessments were significantly better in 2015 than the previous year and are set to rise further. Pupils’ better achievement is the result of high-quality teaching and effective use of assessment. Outcomes in mathematics and English are particularly good. All groups of pupils, including disadvantaged pupils, those with low starting points and the most able, make good progress in their learning. Leadership and management are effective at all levels. Subject leaders steer improvement well. Leadership in mathematics is excellent. Pupils behave well and are keen to succeed. They are proud of their school and of their individual achievements. Pupils’ enjoyment of school and positive attitudes are reflected in their good attendance and their impressive participation in a wide range of extra-curricular activities. Governance has been completely overhauled since the last inspection. The governing body is highly effective. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Improvements in some subjects have not been as rapid as in English and mathematics because : teachers’ expectations are not always high enough and some schemes of work do not sufficiently stretch pupils’ learning. Pupils do not expect to achieve as much when their lessons are covered by supply staff. Teachers miss too many opportunities to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, and do not use subjects outside English and mathematics to consolidate pupils’ literacy and numeracy skills. The school struggles to communicate with and engage the support of some parents.