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This is an outstanding school. Teaching is consistently good or better in all age groups and subjects, and much is outstanding.
Teachers are enthusiastic and plan interesting lessons that engage the pupils' imagination and foster their love of learning. Governors, senior managers and teachers are united in their vision for the school. They are ambitious for their pupils and are committed to maintaining a happy and positive learning environment where pupils are able to flourish.
Governors ensure that resources are used well to ensure that all pupils make outstanding progress. Specific funding such as the 'pupil premium' funding is used very effectively to minim...ise any gaps in achievement between different groups of pupils. Parents and carers are extremely supportive and have great confidence in the school to keep their children safe.
Pupils arrive punctually in school and quickly settle into their lessons. Attendance is consistently above the national average. The school is led very well, and the headteacher is an excellent role model for both pupils and teachers.
Governors are very knowledgeable about the school's performance. Together they work very effectively to drive continual improvement. Subject leaders are not always so effective in checking and improving the quality of teaching.
The curriculum is imaginative and well planned to ensure that it offers excellent opportunities to develop pupils' skills in literacy and numeracy and promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Pupils make rapid progress in their learning and achieve standards that are consistently above those seen nationally. They have very positive attitudes to learning and speak enthusiastically about their lessons.
Pupils, particularly the older ones, often take responsibility for their own learning. Pupils behave extremely well in lessons and around the school. They feel very safe at school and enjoy the wide range of activities that are planned for them.
Information about this school
Abel Smith School is an average-sized primary school. The majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds and the remainder are from a range of other ethnic backgrounds. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is below the national average.
The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium, which, in this school provides additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, is below the national average. The proportions of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported by school action, school action plus or a statement of special educational needs are below the national averages. The school meets the government's current floor standards for Year 6, which set the minimum expectations for pupils' progress and attainment in English and mathematics.