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Children comments to OfSTED

  • 'I like Robert Bruce because it is all about EDUCATION!'
  • 'I like the Teachers at Robert Bruce because they are amazing and we get taught so many fun lessons'
  • 'I like our classroom because it is bright and colourful and shows off all of our brilliant work'
  • 'I love the library at Robert Bruce because it is fun to read and learn'
  • 'I enjoy our Music lessons because it is so much fun to play and learn all of the different musical instruments'
  • 'I love Robert Bruce because the teachers are so kind and helpful'
  • 'I like doing Soundswrite with Mrs Barbarino because it helps me with my sounds, reading and spelling'
  • 'I loved getting Class of the Week because we all felt so happy and proud'
  • 'I like Robert Bruce because it is all about learning'

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What others say

The Local Authority constantly pay visits to the school and the comments are a pleasure to read:

"A joy to be there ... calm and purposeful"; a description any teacher, pupil or governord would be thrilled to hear about their school

"We are all so very pleased to learn of the successful outcome of the recent Ofsted monitoring visit of Robert Bruce Middle School. The improvement in standards is apparent to all of us who visit the school and we are delighted this has been recognised by Ofsted"

Parents and Carers:

"I believe that within the last six months the school has turned considerably"

"I am extremely pleased with my daughter's progress in the school. She is happy and confident."
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 Message from the Head Teacher– Karen Parker


Dear Parents/Carers/Prospective Parents and the Wider Community,


I would like to introduce myself to those of you I have not met, as well as let Parents/Carers/Prospective Parents and the Wider Community know, as best I can, what is going on.

I am Karen Parker and I am the very proud Head teacher of Robert Bruce Middle School.

There seems to be much speculation and rumour regarding the future of Robert Bruce Middle School and I hope this letter answers at least some questions and concerns you may have.  This letter is to update our community on Robert Bruce Middle School becoming an academy and most importantly to inform you that we are not closing.  I am aware there are inappropriate comments being made within our community and I would encourage you to come and see us in action, rather than believe what you hear. Like most local schools, we have had our Ofsted inspection this academic year.  As a school we are expertly dealing with change and since our Ofsted Inspection (September 2013) we have had two HMI monitoring visits (January and May 2014) These visits have been extremely positive, which can be read on our website and confirm rapid and sustained progress being made to improve standards.  Please take the time to compare our Ofsted reports with other schools.

It is no secret that at some point in the near future Robert Bruce Middle School will become an academy and this is an amazing transformation we are all looking forward to.  We are an innovative, forward thinking school who want to create the best educational outcomes for our students with the support of the community. We are aware that the original date set by the Department for Education (DfE) has passed and we have written to the appropriate stakeholders, including members of Parliament, requesting an update. So far, we have not received any verification on dates. If you would like to contact the DfE, or Parliament directly, please feel free to contact our school for their details. 

You are all very welcome at Robert Bruce, so please feel free to make an appointment to come and see us in action.

We look forward to September 2014 when we will be joined by current years 4 – Their learning journey continues with our amazing Creative Curriculum.


  Ofsted Praise for Robert Bruce Middle School


A word from the Chair of Governors of Robert Bruce Middle School

“What a happy place to be.  Robert Bruce will grow from strength to strength under the leadership of Karen Parker.  When children are happy, they learn and RBS is the place for that to happen.”

Shan Hunt - Chair of Governors - Robert Bruce Middle School

Free School Meals

All children eligible for free school meals receive a free school sweatshirt

Before and After School Club 7:30am-6pm

From September 2014 Robert Bruce will be offering a wraparound service.  We will be open from 7:30am until 6pm.

If you feel Robert Bruce is the place for your child, please contact admissions:

School Admissions Service, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP 

E-mail: Fax: (01234) 228846 Tel: (01234) 718120


I openly want to thank our amazing pupils, dedicated staff, supportive Governors and trusting parents.  You make us what we are.


Yours sincerely


Karen Parker (Mrs)

Head teacher

Young People are the Heart of our Community



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OFSTED Parent View

We would be delighted if parents could take the time to fill in the official OFSTED survey about life at Robert Bruce. Having your comments and opinions is essential for us to continue improving as a school. All you have to do is register with the site, then complete a quick survey. 

The Year ahead



School Leadership Team Responses to the Ofsted Document


Firstly we would like to thank the staff; students; governors and local authority for working so hard not only during the two days of the inspection but constantly to raise the standards at Robert Bruce. It must be noted that the new leadership team has only been in place a short time; the current Head Teacher twelve months and this document is taken from a three year trend period of time.


· The head teacher, senior leaders and governors know the strengths and weaknesses of the school and have identified the right priorities for improvement.

· The school is beginning to see significant improvements in students’ behaviour and attitudes to learning, enabling many to make faster progress in their learning.

· The progress of different groups is now being monitored carefully.

· The school development plan outlines clearly the school’s future priorities and the head teacher’s vision for success.

· Subject leaders and others with leadership responsibilities are keen to implement systems that will improve students’ progress.

· Governors are now providing good support and challenge to the school.

· Students feel safe in school.

· Middle leaders are now implementing strategies to improve behaviour.

· Data is now secure.

· Primary school funding is being used to increase opportunities for students to take part in lunchtime and after school sporting activities as well as running inter-school competitions.

· The school’s positive and supportive values promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and        cultural development.

· Performance management systems have now been linked to teachers pay. The head teacher has acted quickly and decisively to resolve issues relating to the underperformance of staff and has secured improvements in teaching and achievement in years 5 & 8.


So what has the leadership team done so far this academic year to address the points raised?


· The school underwent an external local authority review – organised by the head teacher and leadership team.

· We have organised a whole school literacy review the week beginning 11th November.

· September 2013 every child had a baseline test in English; maths; reading; spelling and a CAT’s test. This was followed by a teacher assessment in November to ensure consistency. Tests were moderated both internally and externally with other schools.

· We have a new staffing structure in place with clear leadership roles.

· The morning staff briefings are now purposeful and aimed at teaching and learning; data;   inclusion and behaviour training.

· We have an up to date special needs register which is secure and based on our data.

We have employed teachers to deliver one to one sessions with our children who need booster classes in English and maths.

· We have bought a new reading programme called Lexia to boost the reading ages of our     children.

· Updated our school development plan with all of the evaluations.

· Reviewed departments on a rolling programme.

· Every member of staff has had a lesson observation including learning support assistants.

· We now have a parent’s forum and a community forum.

· The creative curriculum and the humanities schemes of work are being rewritten.

· We have appointed several new members of staff who share our vision.

· We have a bespoke middle leaders programme every Wednesday.

· All senior leaders have a coaching/mentoring programme in place.

· School anti bullying champions are in place.

· Our vision – ‘Young People are the Heart of our Community’ – is integral to our work. We    believe that they are the reason why we are all here, and we must improve their future life chances through the education and experiences that we provide.

· The new leadership team has a clear vision and agenda. We are a solid team, determined to move the school forward to good at a rapid pace.


So What Does This Mean For Us Now?


The enclosed Ofsted document will be published on the Ofsted website next week. We will receive monitoring visits by an appointed HMI team over the next 18 months and within that time we will turn this school into a good category.


Ofsted Feedback Surgeries


I will be available on both parents’ evenings Tuesday 18th years 5 & 6 and Wednesday 19th years 7 & 8 to discuss any of these points with you.


These are positive times for our school.



Karen D’Angelo

Head Teacher



You can download the full ofsted report HERE