|Name||Abbey Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||12 June 2014|
|Address||Glastonbury Road, Morden, Surrey, SM4 6NY|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||459 (48% boys 52% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||20.1|
|Academy Sponsor||The Willow Learning Trust|
|Percentage Free School Meals||13%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||37.3%|
Information about this school
This is an above-average-sized primary school, with a nursery on site which offers part-time provision for 50 children. Almost half of the pupils are from a range of minority ethnic groups. This is much higher than the national average. Over a third of pupils speak English as an additional language. This is much higher than found nationally. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported through school action is below average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The proportion of pupils eligible for support through the pupil premium is above average. In 2013 the school met the current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school manages its own on-site breakfast and after-school clubs.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Pupils’ progress has improved rapidly, especially in writing and mathematics in Key Stage 1. Pupils now make good progress across the school. Pupils’ results have improved, especially in writing and mathematics in Key Stage 2. Attainment across the school is above national expectations. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage make good progress because they receive consistently strong teaching. Teaching is good across the school, with some aspects that are outstanding. Pupils say, and their parents and carers agree, that they feel safe in the school. The headteacher is passionate in her determination to make the school a safe place where all pupils learn well. The governing body has a detailed knowledge of the school’s work and makes a good contribution to improving teaching and raising achievement. The care and welfare of pupils are central to the work of the school. The range of subjects and topics provides stimulating activities that encourage a love of learning. Pupils’ good behaviour and positive attitudes to learning make a good contribution to their progress. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Attainment is not as high in writing as it is in reading and mathematics, particularly for the most able. Teaching assistants do not always provide support for pupils throughout each lesson. Some teachers are not confident enough in helping pupils to achieve their full potential in writing.