Aboyne Lodge Junior Mixed and Infant School


Name Aboyne Lodge Junior Mixed and Infant School
Website http://www.aboyne.herts.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 04 December 2014
Address Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 5NL
Phone Number 01727766117
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 215 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.3
Percentage Free School Meals 1.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 8.8%

Information about this school

The school is an averaged-size primary school. It has a part-time nursery and a full-time Reception class. The 2014 Year 6 had two classes instead of the usual one class. The vast majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs, at about 16%, is lower than the national average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium, around 6%, is well below average. The pupil premium provides additional money for pupils in local authority care and those known to be eligible for free school meals. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for progress and standards in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of Year 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher, deputy headteacher and governing body provide strong leadership. They are constantly seeking ways to improve the school and ensure high levels of achievement for all pupils. Children in the early years get a good start to school life. They are taught well and enjoy learning because their relationships with adults are good and fun activities are provided. Standards at the end of Year 6 are consistently above national averages in reading, writing and mathematics. The school takes effective action to keep the pupils safe. Their behaviour is good, including in the playground and around the school. Good teaching ensures that pupils make good progress. Teachers and support staff are dedicated to raising standards. The curriculum is carefully planned through a range of interesting topics. It includes excellent opportunities for pupils to develop their social, moral, spiritual and cultural understanding and skills. The school works well with parents, who indicate that they are very satisfied with the quality of education provided for their children. Governors know the school well, visit regularly and are firmly committed to its development. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not enough of the most able pupils reach the highest standards they are capable of in writing and mathematics. Teachers’ marking does not help pupils to fully understand how to improve their work, or challenge the most able learners to aim even higher.