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This is an outstanding school that has improved significantly since the last inspection. The inspirational leadership of the headteacher and her leadership team has led to considerable improvements in the quality of teaching and the achievement of pupils. One parent wrote, summing up the views of many others: 'I cannot praise Abbey Gates enough! My daughter looks forward to school every single day.
Her reading, writing and mathematical skills have developed significantly since starting.' Almost all pupils make outstanding progress throughout their time in school as a result of teaching that consistently sets high expectations. All groups of pupils do well and, through highly effective support, disabled... pupils and those with special educational needs make good progress from their often lower starting points.
Teaching is outstanding overall because of its consistently high quality. Teachers ensure every pupil, including those with disabilities and special educational needs, makes at least good and often excellent progress. The governing body and leaders at all levels provide very strong leadership which has led to teaching now being excellent overall, making pupils' achievement outstanding.
The school puts focused support into place when it notices that pupils' progress slows. These interventions have helped to accelerate pupils' progress in reading and writing, but have not been quite as successful in mathematics for a very few pupils. Behaviour of pupils is outstanding, as reflected in their excellent attitudes and conduct in lessons and around school.
This is the result of pupils being well engaged with an excellent curriculum, and the sharp focus on their exceptional spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Pupils overwhelmingly say they feel safe in school and this is backed up unanimously by parents and carers.
Information about the school
Abbey Gates is an average-sized primary school.
The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is much lower than average. Only a few pupils are from minority ethnic backgrounds. The percentage of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is average.
The proportion of those with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The government's current floor standards are met. The school has numerous awards including Artsmark Silver and Activemark Gold awards, Eco Schools and Healthy Schools status, the International School and the Investors in Pupils awards.
The deputy headteacher was appointed in September 2011. Two teachers are currently on family leave. On site there is a privately run before- and after-school club that runs every day; this is subject to a separate Ofsted inspection and report.