Milton Ernest VC Lower School

Milton Ernest is a small village school Situated on the A6, 5 minutes drive from Bedford Town centre.

Milton Ernest VC Lower School is a Church School. This means that our ethos is based on Christian teachings and this is the basis of all our policies, Collective Worship and our programme of Values Education. Our mission is to provide our children with an understanding and respect for those of Christian and other faiths and for those with no faith. We expect all adults in our school to be good role models based on these values.

Milton Ernest is a small rural school with just 54 children on role. The staff are a small but strong team with some members of staff being specialist subject teachers. We are federated with Eileen Wade Lower School, Upper Dean and share a Headteacher. The two schools work very closely together, providing support and training for staff.

Currently, we are part of the North Bedfordshire group of 15 lower schools, 3 middle schools and Sharnbrook Upper School. North Bedfordshire is undergoing a period of change from three tier to two tier. Milton Ernest will become a Primary school in 2017. Our children will feed into Sharnbrook Secondary School with whom we already have very strong links with.

The school is housed in a very interesting old Victorian building which is very well equipped. The school, divided into three classes, EYFS, Year 1 and 2 and then Year 3 and 4. The school grounds are a wonderful setting for learning and play. We have a brand new specialised for a range of sports and we also have a quiet garden area that children can sit in and read, reflect or play a board game with a group of friends. We will be having a new Year 5 and 6 classroom installed in the Spring term in preparation for our change to Primary status.

The curriculum is based on a cross curricular creative curriculum. It is our aim to ensure that all children are engaged in and enthused by their learning. Many children choose to further their learning at home. Our main priorities over the past three years have been to raise standards in writing and numeracy. Currently progress is good from the beginning of Reception to the end of Year 4, although we are striving to exceed national averages by a greater margin.

The senior leadership team is currently made up of the Headteacher, Senior teacher and School Business Manager. In total there are 4 teachers and three Teaching assistants across the school but a total of 7 teachers and 6 teaching assistants across the Federation.
The Teaching staff meets weekly to address the areas of the School development Plan and update policies, procedures, monitor assessments, teaching and learning across the school and also moderate work across the year groups.