Abbey Park Academy


Name Abbey Park Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 20 June 2017
Address Keighley Close, Illingworth, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX2 9DG
Phone Number 01422246610
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 215 (42% boys 58% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.5
Academy Sponsor Northern Education Trust
Local Authority Calderdale
Percentage Free School Meals 26%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.9%

Information about this school

This is a smaller than average-sized primary school and is sponsored by the Northern Education Trust. Children in the early years receive full-time education in the nursery and the Reception class. Most pupils are White British. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium is well above average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is below average. The school runs a breakfast club for pupils and a range of after-school clubs. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for attainment and progress in English and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The school complies with Department for Education guidance on what academies should publish about the curriculum in relation to each academic year. The school meets the requirements on the publication of specified information on its website.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The principal’s strong commitment and drive, along with the effective support of a skilled deputy and governing body have successfully improved the school’s effectiveness since the previous inspection. Well-focused professional development and the strong support from the academy partner school and the Northern Education Trust have improved the quality of teaching. In all key stages, teaching is now good. As a result, most pupils achieve well from their previous starting points and standards are now rising. Effective provision in the early years ensures that learning gets off to a flying start. The youngest children are confident and enjoy school and are well prepared for Year 1. Between Years 1 and 6, pupils achieve well, particularly in reading and mathematics. Improvements to the teaching of reading have paid off. Pupils really enjoy reading. They are confident in reading challenging texts. Although pupils are now making good progress in writing, their achievement is still sometimes held back because opportunities to use and apply the skills they learn in English when completing work in other subjects are sometimes overlooked. The achievement of disadvantaged pupils has improved considerably. Effective use of the pupil premium funding means that disadvantaged pupils are now catching up and most are making good progress. While the progress of the most able pupils is also improving, sometimes the work they are given lacks challenge. Teachers’ expectations of these pupils are sometimes too low. Provision to support the few pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities requires improvement. Additional support is not always targeted effectively to meet their needs. Leadership of this provision is still developing. The impact of support on pupils’ achievement is not effectively checked. Expectations of pupils’ good behaviour and conduct are consistently high. Pupils behave well and show good attitudes to learning. They are confident and articulate and take pride in their work, presenting it well and with neat handwriting. This is a caring and inclusive school. Procedures for safeguarding pupils are effective. Pupils said that they feel safe. Pupils understand the importance of good attendance. Leaders have improved attendance. The number of pupils who are regularly absent has reduced considerably.