Abbott Community Primary School


Name Abbott Community Primary School
Website http://www.abbott.manchester.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 15 January 2019
Address Livesey Street, Collyhurst, Manchester, Lancashire, M40 7PR
Phone Number 01618349529
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 234 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.0
Local Authority Manchester
Percentage Free School Meals 41.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 39.3%

Information about this school

The school is an average-sized primary school, located in an area of high deprivation. The school receives additional funding through the pupil premium for a higher-than-average proportion of disadvantaged pupils. The proportion of pupils with SEND is above average. The school has a smaller-than-average number of girls. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is higher than the national average. The proportion of pupils who leave or join the school during the school year is high. The school runs a breakfast club and an after-school club. Leaders also offer a wide range of clubs which run after school. The school uses alternative provision.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The governors’ clear vision for school improvement has created a culture of inclusion, nurture and high expectations. This ensures that the needs of pupils are met very well. The headteacher provides exceptional leadership. She ensures that a clear and well- structured approach to teaching, learning and assessment is embedded throughout school. The curriculum is broad and balanced. It provides pupils with many opportunities to enhance their learning through educational visits and engaging activities. Pupils make outstanding progress, often from very low starting points. Pupils’ attainment at the end of key stages 1 and 2 has increased significantly over time. Leaders and teachers use assessment very effectively. They ensure that all groups of pupils, including those who are disadvantaged and those who speak English as an additional language, make rapid progress and receive the support they need to excel. The school’s breakfast club is well organised and engaging. It provides pupils with a warm and welcoming start to the school day. Teachers have excellent subject knowledge and use it well to challenge pupils’ thinking. Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary. Pupils are polite and orderly. They get on well together and support each other in lessons. This is because : of the consistent messages they receive from staff concerning respect and care for others. Leaders ensure that the promotion of equality, together with pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development, is a golden thread which weaves seamlessly through all aspects of school life. Children get off to a very strong start in early years. This is due to strong leadership and inspirational teaching and learning. The proportion who achieve a good level of development is above the national average. However, children do not perform as highly in English as they do in mathematics at the higher standard. Pupils’ progress in writing in key stage 2 has improved significantly over time. However, pupils’ handwriting is not well developed, and teachers do not consistently encourage pupils to apply their writing skills to best effect in other subjects. Leaders have worked highly effectively with consultants from the local authority and with a range of other groups externally to bring about rapid school improvement.