Abbey Primary School


Name Abbey Primary School
Website http://www.abbeyprimaryschool.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 24 March 2015
Address Stuart Avenue, Forest Town, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG19 0AB
Phone Number 01623481117
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 435 (46% boys 54% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.3
Percentage Free School Meals 9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5.5%

Information about this school

This is an average-sized primary school compared to others of the same type. Most pupils are from a White British background. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is broadly average. The proportion of pupils who are eligible for the pupil premium is below average. The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals or who are looked after by the local authority. Children in Reception attend full time. The school meets the current government floor standards, which set the minimum requirements for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher and her highly skilled senior leadership team set high standards and have a good understanding of the school’s strengths and the areas which need further development. Action taken by the school’s leadership team has reversed pupils’ weak performance at the end of Year 6 last year. Most pupils are now making good progress and are achieving well. Their progress is accelerating. Leaders make frequent checks on teaching and provide challenge, support and guidance for teachers to improve. Governors work effectively. They are making sure that significant improvements to pupils’ achievement are secure through support and challenge for school leaders. Teaching is good. Children make good progress in phonics (the sounds that letters make) from an early stage. The proportion of Year 1 pupils that meet the required standard in the phonics check is above average. Pupils are hard-working, behave well and make a significant contribution to their school by doing many voluntary jobs. The displays they create around the school are of exceptional quality and exhibit both the school’s values and their hard work. The early years is led and managed well. Children enjoy a wide range of stimulating activities so they achieve well. Pupils are looked after well. They feel safe at school. Pupils are friendly and polite and behave well. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The most-able pupils are not always sufficiently challenged by the tasks they are set, and so these pupils do not attain the highest levels in reading, writing and mathematics. Teachers do not consistently provide useful feedback to pupils in their books and pupils do not always act upon the advice to improve their work or present it neatly.