Abbey Primary School

Name Abbey Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Address Glastonbury Road, Morden, SM4 6NY
Phone Number 02082540862
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 442 (48.6% boys 51.4% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.5
Academy Sponsor The Willow Learning Trust
Local Authority Sutton
Percentage Free School Meals 21.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 39%
Persistent Absence 13%
Pupils with SEN Support 21.8%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (12 June 2014)
Note: There may have been more recent inspections, since 12 June 2014, such as monitoring visits or short inspections. For details of all inspections, please see above.
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.

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.