Abbey Hill Primary & Nursery

Name Abbey Hill Primary & Nursery
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 25 February 2014
Address Abbey Road, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG17 7NZ
Phone Number 01623484512
Type Primary
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 283 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.2
Percentage Free School Meals 39.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.9%

Information about this school

The school is smaller in size compared to other primary schools of its type. The number on roll is increasing. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium (additional funding for looked-after children, those from armed service families and those known to be eligible for free school meals) is well-above average. Most pupils are of White British heritage and speak English as their first language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is above average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. There have been several changes to staffing over recent years. The school works in partnership with the Kirkby College Family of Schools, which is made up of the College, five primary schools and a school for pupils with disabilities and special educational needs. Abbey Hill School provides a range of support to local schools to help them improve the quality of teaching and, for example, to help them to develop the role and effectiveness of teaching assistants. The literacy leader trains teachers from other schools in the teaching of reading.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils achieve well throughout the school. They reach broadly average standards by the end of Year 6, which represents good progress. Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs make good progress because the staff give them very helpful, regular support. The headteacher provides very strong leadership. Senior and subject leaders check the school’s work thoroughly and are driving improvements in achievement and teaching quickly. The governors’ own checks of the school’s work enable them to both challenge its actions and help it to become even more effective. Teaching is consistently good and a small proportion is outstanding. Pupils behave well in lessons and try hard in their learning. They get on well with each other so that learning takes place in a happy environment. Pupils feel safe and secure in school and trust the staff to help them with any concerns they have. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Work for most-able pupils does not consistently enable them to develop the necessary skills to reach the higher levels of attainment. Pupils do not have regular enough chances to develop their understanding of what they read. Pupils do not all have a secure knowledge of times tables. They do not have regular chances to practise their numeracy skills in other subjects. Marking does not regularly tell pupils how to improve their work, or check that the advice given has been taken.