Beaudesert Lower School is a school for children just starting out in formal education – children join the Early Years classes in the academic year in which they become 5, and remain in the school until the academic year they reach 9. The school is located in Leighton Buzzard on the Planets estate. It is a Community school, which means it is funded by and administered directly by Central Bedfordshire County Council. It is a two form entry school, meaning there are two classes within each academic year, and the maximum number admitted to each year is 56.
The Early Years is aptly named. Here, children are nurtured through play and formal activities and encouraged to learn practical things that will help them in their education. The Early Years staff track individual children’s progress against a number of criteria as they progress through the year.
Years 1 & 2 represent Key Stage 1 in the national curriculum, and here the pupils will find a focus on developing key skills in reading, writing and numeracy. Towards the end of the first year, they are tested on their reading skills (specifically phonics) and towards the end of the second year they are assessed for progress in all three areas.
Years 3 & 4 are the start of Key Stage 2, where the key skills are developed further and other skills are introduced. For example, here they will start learning a modern foreign language.
Helping them to progress requires a fantastic team of people. Find out more about the staff who are directly involved with the pupils, the governors who set the strategic direction and hold the school to account for its achievements, the PTA who work tirelessly to provide fun social events and fund-raising for specific projects, and the facilities the school has at its disposal, through the links from this page.