Ofsted puts Bedford Borough among the top of the class for primary and lower school education


Ofsted’s newly published annual report ranks Bedford Borough as the sixth best place in the country for a child to attend a primary or lower school.

The report revealed that 95 per cent of primary pupils attended good or outstanding schools, meaning lower and primary schoolchildren are more likely to attend a good or outstanding school in Bedford Borough than anywhere else across the whole eastern region.

The proportion of pupils attending good or outstanding upper and middle school is 77 per cent.

Councillor Henry Vann, who oversees education at Bedford Borough Council, said: “We congratulate local lower and primary schools for the fact that Ofsted’s annual report reveals Bedford Borough to be one of the very best places in the country to attend a primary or lower school.

“The work with all schools to drive up standards across all phases is ongoing, with a shared determination to ensure that schools that are not currently good or outstanding are able to move into those categories via real improvements made on behalf of local children and young people.”

Bedford Borough Mayor Dave Hodgson added: “For our lower and primary schools to once again be ranked amongst the very best in the country and number one across the Eastern Region is a testament to the hard work of teachers, pupils and whole school communities.   My thanks and congratulations go to local schools for this well-deserved recognition prior to the hard-earned Christmas break.”

To view the full report visit www.ofsted.gov.uk