Abberley Parochial VC Primary School


Name Abberley Parochial VC Primary School
Website http://www.abberley.worcs.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 26 February 2014
Address Apostles Oak, Abberley, Worcestershire, WR6 6AA
Phone Number 01299896332
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 100 (47% boys 53% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 13.9
Local Authority Worcestershire
Percentage Free School Meals 3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1%

Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is well below average. An above-average proportion of pupils join the school mid-year and mid-key stage. Of nine pupils in Year 6 leaving the school in 2013, four had joined the school during Key Stage 2. This pupil mobility continues to be particularly high in other year groups. The proportion of pupils supported through the pupil premium (funding from the government to support pupils in local authority care, those known to be eligible for free school meals and those with a parent in the armed services) is below average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs who are supported through school action is below average. The proportion supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average, and is particularly high in some year groups. The number of pupils in Year 6 in 2013 was too small to make comparisons with the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations set for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. All groups of pupils make consistently good progress throughout the school and reach above-average standards by the end of Year 6. Teaching is good and some of it is outstanding. Pupils behave exceptionally well in class and around the school. They feel valued and extremely well cared for. As a result, they are considerate and take very good care of each other. Pupils enjoy coming to school and attendance is consistently high. The curriculum is enhanced through specialist teaching of French and music and by a wide range of sporting and cultural activities. Provision for disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is a strength of the school. Well-planned programmes and additional help from highly effective support staff ensure that their needs are fully met. The school’s leaders are well supported and challenged by a good governing body. Governors are fully involved in the school’s successful drive for improvement. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not enough teaching is outstanding. In a small minority of lessons, teachers do not provide work at the right level for all pupils in their classes. Occasionally, after a brisk start to the lesson, teachers allow the pace of learning to diminish, thus slowing the rate of progress.