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Kempston Rural Lower is Officially 'Outstanding'

Tuesday 11th May 2010

 

There is cause for celebration at Kempston Rural Lower School as Ofsted have awarded them an ‘outstanding’ recognition. The school have become the first lower school within the borough to be awarded ‘outstanding’ since the new Ofsted inspection framework was introduced in September 2009.

 

Ofsted’s report highlighted the schools ‘curriculum and excellent care, guidance and support, together with consistently good teaching, has ensured that its pupils progress as they move through the school’.

 

Head Teacher, Angela Stanbridge, at Kempston Rural Lower School said: “Our wonderful school is officially ‘outstanding’ and we are delighted that this has been recognised by Ofsted. Our pupils and staff are hard-working and determined to achieve the best possible outcomes, and we are supported in this by enthusiastic and dedicated parents and governors.”

 

The school is situated in a picturesque location and each day welcomes mixed gender children between the ages of 4-9 year-old.

 

For the last two years the school has taken government initiative by following a creative curriculum, which its Head Teacher believes has helped to engage and enthuse pupils in all areas of their learning. Writing skills are a particular strength of the school.

 

The Ofsted report outlines that lessons are interesting and varied and teachers have high expectations of what pupils will achieve. It lists that 83% of parents strongly agreed that ‘My child enjoys school’’. This result could be partly due to the effort made to work together with outside agencies that support pupils learning, such as Partners in Adventure, to boost the curriculum with active learning days out.

 

In recent months teachers have taken advantage of the fact that the school is situated on the banks of the River Ouse, by creating ‘Pirate Days’ which lead to children paddling down its banks, under close and careful supervision of external providers. Another expedition involved a trip to ‘Antarctica’ in which children used Google Earth to plan their visit, and with a little imagination they went on their journey across the way to near-by fields, setting up tents and taking items they felt would be necessary for their brave and challenging trip.

 

Cllr David Sawyer, portfolio holder for Children’s Services at Bedford Borough Council said: “A significant contributory factor in this school’s success is the standard of its care and ethos which enhance the environment and make it a pleasure for children to learn and grow. A continuous level of monitoring, tracking and a concerted effort from all groups enable children to make rapid progress.”

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