Abbey School Closed

Name Abbey School Closed
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 24 May 2016
Address Little Common Lane, Kimberworth, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S61 2RA
Phone Number 01709740074
Type Special
Age Range 7-16
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 61

Information about this school

Abbey is a small special school catering for pupils with statements of special educational needs or education, health and care plans. Pupils have a range of needs, including moderate, specific and severe learning difficulties; autism spectrum disorder; speech, language and communication difficulties; sensory impairments; and social, emotional and mental health needs. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage. Small numbers come from a range of other heritages, including Pakistani. A growing number of pupils belong to the Roma community. An above-average proportion speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, and for whom the school receives pupil premium funding, is high compared with the national average. The pupil premium is government funding to provide additional support for disadvantaged pupils, including those looked after by the local authority. The school does not use alternative provision.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher has led the school from inadequate to good with relentless determination. She set the bar high and successfully motivated staff to make the improvements needed. The interim executive board (IEB) shares the headteacher’s commitment to improving the school. Members have challenged leaders resolutely and successfully to improve provision and raise pupils’ achievement. Teaching is good because training for teachers has been targeted well. Teachers assess pupils’ learning accurately and plan effectively so that, overall, in all key stages progress in English and mathematics is good. The exciting new immersive curriculum enthuses pupils about learning and so contributes to their good progress. The breadth of learning and experiences encompassed in the half-termly topics contributes well to pupils’ good spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Pupils’ behaviour is good overall because it is managed well. Staff understand pupils’ individual needs and provide tailored support to help them manage their own emotions. Staff look after pupils well and take all the necessary steps to keep them safe. Good links with parents contribute effectively to pupils’ welfare. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Middle leadership is underdeveloped. Middle leaders are not fully equipped with the skills needed to monitor and drive improvement in their subjects. The school does not systematically assess the effectiveness of the strategies used to foster pupils’ personal qualities or evaluate the progress pupils make in developing the personal skills they need for learning and life.

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