Abbots Green Primary Academy


Name Abbots Green Primary Academy
Website http://www.abbotsgreenacademy.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 04 December 2012
Address Airfield Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP32 7PJ
Phone Number 01284718818
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 441 (56% boys 44% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.7
Academy Sponsor Unity Schools Partnership
Local Authority Suffolk
Percentage Free School Meals 8.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 8.6%

Information about this school

This average-sized primary school caters for children from nursery age up to Year 4. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium (additional government funding to help particular pupils who need it) is below average. The proportions of pupils from minority ethnic groups and of those who speak English as an additional language are both lower than average. The proportion of pupils who are supported through school action is below average, but the proportion supported at school action plus or through a statement of special educational needs is above average. The school has specially resourced provision for pupils with special educational needs. This specialist support centre is for pupils who have complex educational needs. Eight of its 12 places were filled at the time of the inspection. The headteacher has been in post for three years and the assistant headteacher for a year, but most middle leaders (subject and key stage leaders) took up their posts in September 2012. The school has been awarded the Eco silver award, Bury in Bloom Young Green Fingers award, Outstanding Achievement award and the ‘Suffolk Creating the Greenest County’ award for the schools’ Farmers Market, which includes food produced in the school gardens.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils get a good start to school life in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Almost all pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics throughout the school. Teaching is consistently good in all year groups, and occasionally outstanding. Teachers ask searching questions to check pupils’ understanding, maintain their interest and make them think hard. The subjects that pupils learn are planned around projects that are exciting, practical and enjoyable. Pupils behave well, feel safe and know all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations. The changes made by the headteacher and senior staff to the way different subjects are taught have helped pupils to make increasingly good progress. The headteacher and governing body have made a lot of well-considered staff appointments over recent years to make sure that all teaching is at least good. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural education of pupils is a strength of the school and underpins everything it does. It is not yet an outstanding school because : In a few lessons, teachers do not always set work at the right level of difficulty, so pupils do not always make as much progress as they could. Marking in literacy books shows pupils clearly how to move on in their work, but it is not as good in other subjects such as mathematics. Most of the new subject leaders have not yet had the opportunity to develop the skills they need to help the school raise standards. Although individual pupils’ progress is carefully tracked, it is not checked often enough to quickly identify the pupils who need extra help and guidance.