Abingdon Primary School

Name Abingdon Primary School
Website http://www.abingdon.stockport.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 03 December 2013
Address Abingdon Road, Reddish, Stockport, Cheshire, SK5 7ET
Phone Number 01614804531
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 258 (46% boys 54% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.4
Percentage Free School Meals 22.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 8.1%

Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and receive the pupil premium has increased since the last inspection and is well above average. The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, for children who are looked after by the local authority, and pupils whose parents are serving in the armed forces. The majority of pupils are from White British families. There is a small, but increasing, proportion of pupils from minority ethnic families and from Eastern Europe. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is below average. The proportion of pupils supported by school action is average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils of all abilities, including disabled pupils and those with special educational needs, make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics throughout the school. The Early Years Foundation Stage prepares children well for their future learning. As a result, they are happy, keen to learn and inquisitive about the world around them. The quality of teaching is good. It is sometimes outstanding. Teachers motivate and engage pupils’ interest through the good use of drama, role play and information and communication technology (ICT). Teaching assistants make a good contribution to many aspects of pupils’ learning. Pupils behave well and feel safe. Their health and emotional well-being are strongly developed through many opportunities to take responsibilities and to participate in sporting, artistic and musical activities. The headteacher and deputy headteacher provide clear and rigorous leadership which is driving the school forwards. They are supported well by effective subject leaders and a knowledgeable governing body. As a result, pupils’ achievement and the quality of teaching have improved well since the previous inspection. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teachers sometimes miss the opportunity to deepen pupils’ learning further, especially their comprehension skills in reading. Occasionally, teachers do not ensure pupils are working hard enough throughout the lesson. Sometimes, pupils have to listen for too long and receive too many instructions before they are actively engaged in learning.