Ofsted praises staff and pupils at Edith Cavell Lower School

Head teacher Heather Cooke with pupils at Edith Cavell Lower School, celebrating a good Ofsted.
Head teacher Heather Cooke with pupils at Edith Cavell Lower School, celebrating a good Ofsted.

Pupils and staff at a Bedford lower school have been celebrating praise from Ofsted inspectors.

Ofsted have reported Edith Cavell Lower School to be a good school - every category assessed was judged to be good.

A team carried out an inspection of the school, in Manton Lane, on October 2 and 3.

The school’s leadership and management, behaviours and safety of pupils, quality of teaching, achievement of pupils, and early years provision were all graded as good.

The report said: “Strong and effective leadership by the headteacher, the support of senior leaders, staff and the local authority and the strengths of governance enable pupils to get a good education.’

Heather Cooke, head teacher, said: “We are thoroughly delighted with the recent Ofsted report. It is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of the staff, governors, parents and especially the children.

“The recognition that the children have positive attitudes to their learning, are making good progress and achieve well, is acknowledgement of what we strive for as a school.

“The inspectors also identified that teachers have high expectations and promote pupils’ reading, writing and numerical skills effectively. This reinforces our school ethos to be ambitious, achieving and nurturing so that all pupils make good progress at Edith Cavell Lower School.”

The report also said: “The local authority provide good support. Officers have worked effectively with the head teacher, staff and governors in analysing data on pupils’ attainment and progress, setting targets and improving teaching. The local authority ensures that members of the governing body have the skills to check on, and if necessary, challenge senior leaders about the school’s performance.”

Bedford Borough has the highest proportion of good or outstanding schools in the region and – nationally – has the fourth best inspection results for lower and primary schools.