St James' Church of England VA Primary School
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Main Road
Biddenham
Bedford
MK40 4BD
01234352721
Pupils
168
Ages
5 - 11
Gender
Mixed
Type
Voluntary aided school
4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.08
Ofsted Inspection
(25/1/17)
Full Report - All Reports
58%
NATIONAL AVG. 65%
% pupils meeting the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics
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The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. Your incisive leadership, coupled with high expectations for all pupils to achieve well both academically and in their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, have been pivotal in moving the school forward rapidly. You have focused relentlessly on improving the quality of teaching, learning and safeguarding since your appointment and you lead by example. The actions you have taken have led to substantial improvement in pupils’ progress, especially disadvantaged pupils, who do particularly well. Standards are well above average in reading, above average in writing and average in mathematics. This year you are training and coaching all subject leaders to drive forward improvements in their subjects. This is work in progress, but the impact is beginning to show in pupils’ better achievement in other subjects such as music, physical education and computing. In the previous inspection, writing and mathematics were identified as areas to develop. This is why I looked at these in more detail during this inspection. I found that pupils are now writing extensively in all subjects, as seen in the written work in their books. The key skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening are taught well throughout the school, although in their handwriting, pupils do not consistently form their letters correctly.

St James' Church of England VA Primary School Catchment Area Map

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This School Guide heat map has been plotted using official pupil data taken from the last School Census collected by the Department for Education. It is a visualisation of where pupils lived at the time of the annual School Census.

Our heat maps use groups of postcodes, not individual postcodes, and have naturally soft edges. All pupils are included in the mapping (i.e. children with siblings already at the school, high priority pupils and selective and/or religious admissions) but we may have removed statistical ‘outliers’ with more remote postcodes that do not reflect majority admissions.

For some schools, the heat map may be a useful indicator of the catchment area but our heat maps are not the same as catchment area maps. Catchment area maps, published by the school or local authority, are based on geographical admissions criteria and show actual cut-off distances and pre-defined catchment areas for a single admission year.

This information is provided as a guide only. The areas from which pupils are admitted to a school can change from year to year to reflect the number of siblings and pupils admitted under high priority admissions criteria.

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  1. Look at our school catchment area guide for more information on heat maps. They give a useful indicator of the general areas that admit pupils to the school. This visualisation is based on all attending pupils present at the time of the annual School Census.
  2. Use the link to the Local Authority Contact (above) to find catchment area information based on a single admission year. This is very important if you are considering applying to a school.
  3. On each school page, use the link to visit the school website and find information on individual school admissions criteria. Geographical criteria are only applied after pupils have been admitted on higher priority criteria such as Looked After Children, SEN, siblings, etc.

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