|Name||Abbey Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||30 April 2019|
|Address||Glastonbury Crescent, Mossley Estate, Walsall, West Midlands, WS3 2RP|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||239 (52% boys 48% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||23.7|
|Percentage Free School Meals||44.0%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||5.4%|
Information about this school
The school is registered to take up to 600 pupils aged four to 16. It is located on two sites in the London Boroughs of Wandsworth and Merton. Children in the early years and primary-aged pupils attend the Beavers Holt site (Stroud Crescent, Putney Vale SW15 3EQ). The secondary-aged pupils attend The Downs site (17, The Downs, Wimbledon SW20 8HF). All pupils attend full time. The school also uses Oberon Fields and pavilion (Lindisfarne Road, Wimbledon SW20 0NW), for physical education and games. Since late in September 2018, the school has been owned and run by Chatsworth Schools (HSW) Ltd. A new headteacher was appointed at the time of the change of ownership. An additional deputy headteacher was appointed from within the school staff and is based at the secondary site. The deputy headteacher, based at and with responsibility for the primary site, has continued in post. Since the June 2017 inspection, the number of pupils on role has fallen. Many pupils join and leave the school within the school year. At the time of this inspection, one pupil had an education, health and care (EHC) plan but around 35% of pupils had been identified with SEND. An above-average proportion of pupils join the school who speak English as an additional language. The school makes use of other venues in the local area for sports but has no additional specialist provision. The venues used are: – badminton and squash at Wimbledon Racquets and Fitness Club, Wimbledon (SW19 4HD) and The King’s Club, Wimbledon (SW19 4TT) – hockey at Spencer Hockey Club, Earlsfield (SW18 3HF). Hall School Wimbledon is the proprietor’s first school. Four further schools have recently been acquired. An overall senior management team, an advisory group and a governing body take the governance responsibilities for all the schools owned by Chatsworth Schools (HSW) Ltd, including Hall School Wimbledon. The school’s last full inspection was in June 2017, when it was judged to be inadequate. A number of independent school standards were found to be unmet. A follow-up progress monitoring inspection took place in February 2018, when all the previously unmet independent school standards were judged to meet the regulatory requirements.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school The school’s leaders and new proprietors have ensured that all the independent school standards are met. Outstanding provision in the early years prepares children for Year 1 exceptionally well. Pupils make good progress across the school, especially in English, mathematics and science. Curriculum provision in most areas of learning securely supports pupils’ good achievement. However, opportunities for technological learning are too narrow, limiting pupils’ outcomes in this area. The quality of teaching, learning and assessment has improved since the June 2017 inspection. However, some variability remains. While planning is generally good, some teaching fails to engage pupils in not giving them opportunities for practical work and open-ended investigation, for example. School leaders have put in place a new system to accurately evaluate and develop the quality of teaching and learning. It is too soon for any impact to be realised. Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are very effectively supported so they make comparable progress to their peers. So, too, do those pupils learning to speak English as an additional language Extensive enrichment opportunities for pupils of all ages contribute well to the school’s strong provision for their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. School development plans reflect the ambition that new proprietors have for the school. However, the plans are not specific in setting out the intended impact of actions on pupils’ academic outcomes and personal development. Clarity is being given to the role of middle leaders, but they are not yet taking full responsibility for performance in their areas or fully contributing to whole-school improvement. The proprietors have established new arrangements for the governance of the school to ensure that leaders at all levels are supported and fully held to account. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school meets the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements.