Abbey Junior School


Name Abbey Junior School
Website http://www.abbeyfed.darlington.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 18 December 2012
Address Abbey Road, Darlington, County Durham, DL3 8NN
Phone Number 01325380748
Type Academy
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 353 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.8
Academy Sponsor The Federation Of Abbey Schools Academy Trust
Percentage Free School Meals 4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.2%

Information about this school

The school formed an academy with its federated infant school partner in August 2011; they share a leadership team and governing body. The vast majority of pupils are of White British origin with a small number from other ethnic backgrounds. A much lower than average number of pupils is known to be eligible for the pupil premium (which provides additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those in the care of the local authority and the children of service families). The proportion of pupils identified with special educational needs through school action is lower than the average for similar schools. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is approximately half the national average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Many pupils who join the school in Year 3 have a high attainment in English and mathematics. When they leave at the end of Year 6 standards for the majority are well above those expected nationally. This represents good progress and achievement overall. Teaching is good in the majority of lessons. This is because teachers know their pupils well and monitor their progress closely. They also expect the very best from pupils in all subjects. Pupils behave well both inside and outside lessons. Most show polite and courteous attitudes towards adults and each other. They feel safe and secure in school and are clear about what to do if they have a concern. Attendance is high because pupils enjoy coming to school. The academy leadership team of two headteachers and three deputy headteachers in partnership with the governing body have worked hard to improve the quality of teaching. Their continuous commitment to this is moving the academy forward and improving pupils’ achievement, particularly in English. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Lower-attaining pupils do not always make enough progress. This is because staff do not always assess their needs sufficiently accurately and set appropriate work. When teachers mark pupils’ books they do not always give sufficient guidance on how to improve. Pupils are not given sufficient opportunities to develop their abilities to think independently and to solve problems, particularly in mathematics.




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