Abbotskerswell Primary School

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Abbotskerswell Primary School


Name Abbotskerswell Primary School
Website http://www.abbotskerswell-primary.devon.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 13 May 2015
Address Slade Lane, Abbotskerswell, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 5NS
Phone Number 01626353605
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 111 (55% boys 45% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.8
Percentage Free School Meals 9.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

Abbotskerswell Primary is much smaller than the average-sized primary school. All pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is close to the national average. The proportion of pupils eligible for pupil premium funding is half the national average. The pupil premium is additional government funding to support pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those in the care of the local authority. There are very few of these pupils and none in some year groups. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. There are three mixed-age classes. Children in Reception attend full time in a class alongside Year 1 and some Year 2 pupils. The school runs its own breakfast club.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Standards have risen substantially since the previous inspection. Pupils’ attainment by the end of Key Stages 1 and 2 is above average, and well above average in English and mathematics. All groups of pupils achieve well, including the most able pupils, the very few disadvantaged pupils, disabled pupils and those with special educational needs. Children in the early years are taught well and make good progress, so that they are prepared very well for Year 1. Teaching has improved considerably since the last inspection and is now good. Teachers mark pupils’ work well and show them clearly what they need to do to improve. Teaching assistants work very closely with teachers and provide very effective support for pupils in danger of underachieving. The leadership and management of the school are outstanding. The headteacher is fully supported by staff and striking improvements have been achieved during the last two years. The school is very innovative in some of its practices, for example in assessment. Governors do outstanding work both supporting the school and holding it to account. They have been most effective in assisting the school’s improvement. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding. Pupils love all aspects of the school and are very supportive of each other. They feel very safe and well cared for. The school provides excellent opportunities for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and strongly contributes to their understanding of British values. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils’ progress in writing is not as rapid as in reading and mathematics. Teachers do not have high enough expectations of pupils’ ability to write without their direct support, particularly when working on topics outside of English lessons. Teachers’ expectations of pupils’ handwriting and how they should present their work are not always high enough.




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