Abbotswood Junior School

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About Abbotswood Junior School

Name Abbotswood Junior School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr Glenn Moore
Address Ringwood Road, Totton, Southampton, SO40 8EB
Phone Number 02380863159
Phase Primary
Type Foundation school
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 609
Local Authority Hampshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Abbotswood Junior School continues to be a good school. There is enough evidence of improved performance to suggest that the school could be judged outstanding if we were to carry out a graded (section 5) inspection now. The school's next inspection will be a graded inspection.

What is it like to attend this school?

Leaders have very high expectations for all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and disadvantaged pupils. They have created a curriculum that is aspirational for all pupils.This is a happy school with so much on offer.

Pupils love school life. They enjoy the many clubs, performing in the up-and-coming performance of 'The Book' and representing the school in many sporting competitions. Parents and carers are highly positive about the school and their children's experiences.

As one parent wrote, summing up the views of many: 'They are a big school but manage to make every child feel important.' Leaders promote positive learning behaviours extremely well. Pupils work very hard.

They adore showing their work to Tommy, the school dog, as a reward. Pupils behave exceptionally well in lessons and around the school. Pupils fully understand the school's 'stars' values of stickability, teamwork, aspiration, respect and stretch.

Classrooms are vibrant and excellent places to learn. Playgrounds are active and pupils feel safe. They appreciate the open door of 'Room 5' and the staff there who 'make things better'.

Adults listen to pupils carefully. Pupils say that, occasionally, bullying happens. Leaders investigate any claims well and put support in place immediately.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Staff and governors alike share the headteacher's vision that all pupils, especially the most disadvantaged, consistently benefit from the superb opportunities that the school provides. Leaders have created an engaging curriculum that precisely sets out what pupils should learn and when. Staff speak highly about the training and coaching they receive.

This supports them to understand and teach the curriculum very well. Provision for pupils with SEND is very effective. Staff notice additional needs quickly.

Teachers adapt tasks skilfully. Pupils' personalised targets are precise and reviewed regularly. Leaders liaise well with the many feeder infant schools, so that provision can be right for pupils as soon as they join.

As a result, pupils achieve exceptionally well.Teachers have excellent knowledge of the subjects they teach. They are supported well by knowledgeable subject leaders and collaborative planning in year group teams.

Leaders reflect frequently on the effectiveness of the curriculum. They look to tweak anything that could be even better for pupils.Pupils remember the knowledge that they have learned very well.

There is a clear 'Abbotswood way' to delivering the curriculum. This ensures that teachers check pupils' understanding regularly. Teachers identify and address any misconceptions and gaps in pupils' learning swiftly.

They provide purposeful opportunities for pupils to recap prior learning often. Pupils speak of how supportive the school-wide 'last, last, last' sessions are. These help pupils to review their learning from last week, last month and last term.

There is a strong culture of reading and a love of books in the school. At story time, you can hear a pin drop as pupils listen enthusiastically to teachers reading to their class. Teachers encourage pupils to read widely and often.

Pupils love taking part in the school's reading challenge, the 'Space Race'. Leaders know exactly which pupils need more support with learning to read. For these pupils, staff deliver effective phonics sessions with skilful precision.

This makes sure that pupils catch up with their reading quickly.

Leaders ensure that pupils learn how to listen to others' views. The weekly speaking and listening session enables pupils to debate issues such as equity, equality and caring for the environment.

Pupils like the different leadership roles on offer. For example, sports leaders enjoy coaching younger pupils in a range of sporting techniques. Eco-leaders are on a mission to ensure that everyone switches classroom lights off.

Pupils show care and respect for the environment and others.Staff are immensely proud to work at the school. Morale is high and teamwork strong.

One member of staff said: 'There is always someone who will have your back.' Leaders consider the benefit to pupils and the impact on staff's workload carefully when introducing changes. Staff enjoy working in such a supportive team.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.Leaders ensure that safeguarding is a high priority for all adults who work or volunteer in the school. They have ensured that everyone is trained well.

Staff understand their roles and responsibilities clearly. Adults are alert and report any concerns, however small. This means that leaders have an accurate oversight of pupils' welfare.

Leaders keep detailed records of any safeguarding actions they have taken. Leaders work well with external services. Governors monitor safeguarding thoroughly.

Leaders makes sure that pupils learn how to keep themselves safe. This includes being safe online and how to build and maintain positive relationships.Background

When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called an ungraded inspection, and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the ungraded inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.

This is the first ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good in June 2017.

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