The Firs Lower School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary
School Guide Rating
Not Rated


Station Road
Ampthill
Bedford
MK45 2QR
01525402735
Pupils
318
Ages
2 - 9
Gender
Mixed
Type
Academy converter
4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.08
Ofsted Inspection
(13/9/17)
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The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. Despite a high number of staff changes over the last two years, there is a strong sense of teamwork across the school. You have maintained good levels of challenge to staff while ensuring that the school continues to be a happy and friendly place in which to learn and work. As the headteacher, you have built a strong leadership team that plays a full part in securing improvement. Together, you, your staff and the skilled governing body are ambitious for your pupils, their families and the community you serve. This is strongly demonstrated by the governing body’s recent decision to take over management of The Saplings pre-school in order to enhance further early years provision in the town. The school’s motto, ‘Working together to achieve our best’, is demonstrated daily by staff. Pupils make a considerable contribution to the success of the school in the way that they work hard, behave well and support each other. They respect others, and have positive attitudes to their learning. They enjoy learning about the ‘value of the month’ and take a good part in assemblies led by outside visitors.

The Firs Lower 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.

3 steps to help parents gather catchment information for a school:

  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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