Abbot’s Hall Community Primary School

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Abbot’s Hall Community Primary School


Name Abbot’s Hall Community Primary School
Website http://www.abbotshall.suffolk.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 31 January 2018
Address Danescourt Avenue, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 1QF
Phone Number 01449612818
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 404 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.6
Percentage Free School Meals 8.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.2%

Information about this school

The school is of average size for a primary school. The school has added Years 5 and 6 since the previous inspection. The great majority of the pupils come from White British backgrounds, with very few from minority ethnic groups. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is below average, as is the proportion with an education, health and care plan. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is a little below average. The school meets the current government floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ achievement.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Since the previous inspection, leaders and governors have successfully changed the school from a first school to a primary school, improving many aspects of provision while introducing Years 5 and 6. Leaders have created a culture where behaviour is outstanding. Pupils are extremely polite, courteous and welcoming to visitors. The curriculum engages pupils’ interest and ensures that pupils make progress in a wide range of subjects The school’s focus on sport and physical education (PE) promotes healthy living effectively. The early years foundation stage provides pupils with an excellent springboard for Year 1. Most teaching is enthusiastic and inspires pupils, but additional support is not always targeted well enough, especially in small-group interventions outside of the classroom. Assessment is not fine-tuned sufficiently to check what pupils can do and then to quickly challenge them to make further progress. The school is successful in ensuring that, at the end of Year 6, most pupils reach the standard expected for their age in reading and mathematics. However, given their success at the end of key stage 1, especially at higher levels, pupils’ progress in key stage 2 has been insufficient to attain the higher levels in Year 6. As a result, although improving because of inspiring leadership, overall, pupils’ outcomes, and particularly outcomes for the most able, still require improvement.




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