Abbeywood Community School

Name Abbeywood Community School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 22 October 2014
Address New Road, Stoke Gifford, Bristol, BS34 8SF
Phone Number 01173075660
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 976 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.0
Academy Sponsor The Olympus Academy Trust
Local Authority South Gloucestershire
Percentage Free School Meals 13.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 11.1%

Information about this school

Abbeywood Community School became an academy in January 2013. It is sponsored by The Olympus Academy Trust which oversees Bradley Stoke Community School. There is shared governance and executive leadership across both schools. The sixth form is part of the Concorde Partnership between Abbeywood Community School, Bradley Stoke Community School, Patchway Community College and South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, Filton Campus, offering an integrated timetable of shared courses at post-16 and some Key Stage 4 courses. This is a smaller-than-average comprehensive school. Most students are of White British heritage, with a lower-than-average proportion from minority ethnic groups or who speak English as an additional language. The proportion of students known to be eligible for additional funding through the pupil premium is above average – 32% in the school. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is below average nationally, and 14% of students in the school. The proportion supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also below average, and 4% of students in the school. The school manages specially resourced provision for 25 disabled students and those with special educational needs specifically for speech and language difficulties and/or autistic spectrum disorder on behalf of the local authority. All these students have statements of special educational needs. A small number of students attend alternative provision at Gary Henry Hair Design and Holiday Inn Stoke Gifford. The school meets the current government floor standards which set the minimum expectations for students’ progress and attainment.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The dynamic shared leadership team has effectively tackled underachievement and improved the quality of teaching and learning. The very experienced governing body is exceptionally effective. It makes sure teaching and achievement improve. Students are very proud of their school. They display positive attitudes to learning and behave well. Students thrive because the school is a very caring, inclusive community with very good support systems. Students say they feel safe. Students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted effectively. They gain a good understanding of the responsibilities of citizens in modern British democratic society. Teaching is good because teachers know students extremely well and challenge all abilities to learn successfully. Students make good progress, often from low starting points, and achieve well. Some of the least able do better than similar students nationally, particularly in English. The Concorde Partnership provides sixth form students with an extensive range of vocational and academic courses and good specialist teaching which enable them to achieve well. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teachers’ guidance in marking is not consistently well responded to by students. Consequently, their learning is not reinforced and they do not fully understand how to reach their best standards. The highest levels are not yet attained in all subjects.