Abbotsmede Primary School Closed

Name Abbotsmede Primary School Closed
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 22 May 2014
Address Kingsley Road, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE1 5JS
Phone Number 01733566847
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 456 (55% boys 45% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.6
Local Authority Peterborough
Percentage Free School Meals 25.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 78.2%

Information about this school

The school is larger than the average primary school. It has grown from having one class in each year group to having pupils starting in two classes each year. There is a Nursery class, which has morning and afternoon places. Only a third of the children who attend the Nursery go on to attend the Reception classes. Many of the children who enter the reception classes have not attended any pre-school establishment previously. Many come from cultures which do not start formal schooling until children are older. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is significantly above the national average and rising. The significant groups come from Eastern European countries. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well above the national average. Some pupils are bilingual but a significant number across the school are in the early stages of learning English. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have educational needs supported by school action is higher than usual. The proportion supported by school action plus or with a statement of special needs is broadly the same as that found in schools nationally. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for pupil premium funding is much higher than that found in similar schools. This is additional funding provided by the government to support those pupils who are eligible for free school meals or are in the care of the local authority. The school meets the government’s current floor targets, 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 because they are well taught and senior leaders check their progress rigorously. Teaching has improved since the last inspection and is now typically good. This is because the school leaders effectively focus on checking the quality of teaching and giving support to teachers and other staff to help improve their practice. Relationships between adults and pupils are excellent, with the result that pupils behave well at all times and in a variety of circumstances. Pupils from a wide variety of backgrounds play and learn well together because the school does not tolerate any discrimination. Pupils enjoy school and have good attitudes to learning. They feel safe and know how to keep themselves safe. They are proud of their school. Across the school pupils enjoy a wide range of subjects and topics. These provide plenty of opportunity to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Governors provide effective challenge to leaders to make sure the school is doing as well as possible. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is not enough outstanding teaching to ensure more pupils make rapid progress and reach the higher levels of attainment. While the marking policy is used well sometimes teachers do not check to make sure that pupils do not repeat the same mistakes. Progress in reading in the upper school is sometimes hampered by a lack of an understanding of how letters and sounds are linked.