Abbotsweld Primary School Closed

Name Abbotsweld Primary School Closed
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 16 January 2014
Address Partridge Road, Harlow, Essex, CM18 6TE
Phone Number 01279 630120
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Not applicable
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 289

Information about this school

The school is an averaged-sized primary school. The large majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds. The proportions from minority ethnic groups and who speak English as an additional language are similar to those in most other schools. An above-average proportion of pupils are known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for children known to be eligible for free school meals, in local authority care and those with a parent in the armed forces. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is above average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is broadly average. The school has a nurture group and a breakfast club. The school meets the government’s floor standard, which sets the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. During the year 2012 to 2013 the school went through a turbulent time that affected both staff and children. During this time, some of the more-able pupils left the school.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement. It is not yet good because : Teaching is not consistently good across the school. As a result, pupils’ achievement is not good in English and mathematics. Pupils’ attainment is well below the national averages in writing and grammar, and broadly average in reading and mathematics. Progress in Key Stage 1 is not rapid enough for children to reach standards expected nationally. Pupils do not make as much progress as they could in English and mathematics. Rates of progress in English and mathematics vary too much in Key Stage 1 and lower Key Stage 2, especially in writing. The marking policy is not consistently applied in some classes, which means that not all pupils get the advice and support they need to improve their work. Following the resignation of the governing body, a strategic management board has been put in place by the local authority. The school has the following strengths Progress at the top of Key Stage 2 is rapid and improving pupils’ standards. Relationships between adults and pupils and among staff are very good. Pupils behave well and have positive attitudes to their work. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural education is a strength of the school. Parents are very happy with the school. It provides a caring and secure environment for the pupils so that they feel safe. Bullying is rare and pupils are well behaved at all times.