|Name||Abbeywood Community School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||22 October 2014|
|Address||New Road, Stoke Gifford, Bristol, BS34 8SF|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||934 (52% boys 48% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||18.0|
|Academy Sponsor||The Olympus Academy Trust|
|Percentage Free School Meals||13%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||11%|
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.