|Name||Pulloxhill Lower School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||11 September 2013|
|Address||Fieldside Road, Pulloxhill, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK45 5HN|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||Unknown|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||15.1|
|Academy Sponsor||Greenfield &Amp; Pulloxhill Academy|
|Local Authority||Central Bedfordshire|
|Percentage Free School Meals||1.5%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||3.9%|
Information about this school
Pulloxhill is a small school. Pulloxhill School converted to become an academy on 17 August, 2011. When its predecessor school, Pulloxhill Lower School, was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be outstanding. This is one of two separate schools that forms the Greenfield and Pulloxhill Academy. There is a single executive headteacher of both schools. Most pupils are of White British heritage. The remainder come from a wide variety of minority ethnic backgrounds. The proportion of pupils for whom the school receives the pupil premium (additional government funding for pupils eligible for free school meals, those in care and other groups) is below the national average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also average.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. Achievement across the school is outstanding, which means pupils are very well prepared for middle school. Children make rapid progress in the Reception class, where they benefit from a wide mix of exciting work. Pupils continue to make exceptional progress as they move up the school. They reach above-average standards when they leave school in Year 4. Pupils do not reach quite the same high standards in mathematics that they do in reading and writing. Outstanding teaching enables pupils to build on their skills year by year. Teachers provide pupils with work that is very challenging and engaging. Pupils feel very safe in school. Their behaviour in class and around the school is exemplary. Pupils are very keen to learn and take a high level of responsibility for the quality of their work. The headteacher and other leaders have high expectations, which have ensured that high standards have been sustained since the school opened. The checks on the quality of teaching are frequent and robust and ensure it is outstanding. Plans and staff training to improve the school have been highly successful. The school has an excellent capacity to improve even further. The governing body provides outstanding challenge and support. It makes sure that that the school meets all legal requirements.