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Lower school in Bedford graded as 'outstanding'

By Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  Posted: March 08, 2011

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Priory Lower School is the second school within the borough to be recently graded as 'outstanding' following an Ofsted inspection carried out last month.

The school is a small multicultural school situated in the centre of Bedford.

Ofsted noted that its pupils make excellent gains in their personal development.  The curriculum meets the needs of its pupils extremely well and consequently pupils develop a very positive attitude to learning.

Priory Lower School's Head teacher, Anita Hemsley, said: "There is an excellent commitment from all staff to provide each pupil with the very best possible education. Priory Lower School is now officially 'outstanding' and I am so proud that our school's excellent organisation and strong, shared vision demonstrate its capacity to continue moving forward."

The school also hosts an Early Years Foundation Stage provision in a Nursery unit and a Reception class where children thrive and learn to cooperate with each other. The school has achieved the 'Basic Skills Award', 'Healthy School Award', 'The ICT Mark' and the 'International Schools Award'.

Ofsted's report went into detail on how 'pupils of all abilities and from a wide-range of backgrounds achieve well and that the school is extremely popular with parents, carers and pupils who appreciate and acknowledge the high quality care and exciting learning opportunities'.

The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: "This report is a tribute to the hard work of all the staff and students at Priory Lower School. Everyone involved deserves congratulations for helping to foster a school ethos which is talked of in glowing terms in the inspection report.  I am not surprised at all that the school achieved the highest Ofsted Inspection grade.”

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