Abbey Road Primary School

Name Abbey Road Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 20 November 2013
Address Tewkesbury Close, West Bridgford, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG2 5ND
Phone Number 01159748055
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 424 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.6
Local Authority Nottinghamshire
Percentage Free School Meals 2.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 8.3%
Persisitent Absence 3%
Pupils with SEN Support 3.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Abbey Road is a larger than average primary school and numbers have recently been increasing. The previous deputy head has been joined earlier this term by a Local Leader in Education from Wynndale Primary School to act as co-headteachers until the appointment of a permanent headteacher. This follows a period of absence of the previous headteacher. The large majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds. The proportion from minority ethnic groups and who speak English as an additional language is below average. The proportions of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is average. The proportion supported through school action plus or a statement of special educational needs is below average. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is well-below average. This funding is to support certain groups such as pupils in local authority care and those known to be eligible for free school meals. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics throughout the school. Their achievements are good overall. Recent achievement in mathematics and reading by Year 6 has been outstanding. The acting co-headteachers provide good leadership and have accurately evaluated the school’s strengths and weaknesses. As a result the school is well placed to improve achievement further. The commitment of senior leaders along with the governors has resulted in stability in the school during a period of uncertainty. Teaching is good overall with some that is outstanding. Pupils’ behaviour in lessons is good, and often outstanding. They are keen to come to school, as reflected in the consistently high attendance figures, and feel safe. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding. Governors have a good and detailed understanding of the school’s strengths and future development needs and provide firm challenge along with immense support to senior leaders. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The most-able pupils do not always have sufficiently challenging work to reach the highest National Curriculum levels they are capable of in writing. Pupils do not write enough at length in different subjects. Pupils are not routinely given time to reflect and respond to the comments teachers write when they mark their work. School improvement planning does not focus sufficiently on pupils’ progress.