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Stephenson Lower

STEPHENSON LOWER - A GOOD SCHOOL

Stephenson Lower School has recently undergone an Ofsted monitoring visit. The outcome is that the school’s progress since the previous monitoring inspection was reported as good.

 

The inspection was carried out on 23 and 24th October. Inspectors observed the school’s work, scrutinised documents and met with teachers, senior leaders, the local authority and representatives of the governing body.

 

Ofsted reported that the ‘senior leadership team are relentlessly ambitious for the school’ and noted that for ‘leadership and management across the school’ - the school was judged as good. The report went on to highlight ‘The headteacher has managed to develop a very positive ethos within school‘.

 

Head teacher, Ali Bray, at Stephenson Lower School, said: “Ofsted recognised that our teaching and learning was deemed good. I am extremely proud to be head of a school that has so much commitment from its entire staff but also has totally focused happy and achieving pupils. I believe this is down to the dedication of staff, pupils, governors and parents, who are all working together to move the school forward.”

 

Ofsted also noted that reading has an increasingly high profile in school, ‘Pupils enjoy reading and regular guided reading sessions are contributing to pupils reading skills. Pupils are learning the sounds that letters make with increasing success. There are more good quality phonics sessions and these are having a positive impact on pupils’ ability to read and write.’

 

In the report it states that Pupils who have fallen behind in the past are being given extra help to catch up, both in class and through extra intervention sessions.’

 

Cllr David Sawyer, Portfolio Holder for Education at Bedford Borough Council, said: “The school is justifiably proud of the improvements seen so far. Since the school’s last inspection is November 2011, robust improvement plans have been adhered to, and I am so pleased that this effort has evidently paid off for all to see.”

 

To view Ofsted’s full report on Stephenson Lower School, visit http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/

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