Abingdon Primary School

Name Abingdon Primary School
Website http://www.abingdonprimary.org.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 25 September 2013
Address Abingdon Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 3JR
Phone Number 01642210567
Type Primary
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 565 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.4
Local Authority Middlesbrough
Percentage Free School Meals 40%
Percentage English is Not First Language 86.4%
Persisitent Absence 18.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 18.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This school is much larger than the average-sized primary school. Most pupils come from a diverse range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, largely of Pakistani origin. For around 70% of pupils, English is not believed to be their first language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is well above average. (The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, children from service families and those children that are looked after.) The proportion of pupils supported at school action is average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is well below average. There is a breakfast club and lunchtime and after-school clubs which are managed by the governing body. In 2012, the school did not meet the government’s current floor standards. These are the minimum expectations for pupils’ progress and attainment in English and mathematics. More pupils than is the case across the country leave or join the school at other than the usual times. A large proportion of these pupils speak little or no English when they arrive.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils’ achievement is good. They make good progress from their starting points and standards have risen in the last two years. Teaching is good, with some that is outstanding. Teachers plan work that is stimulating and very well-matched to the learning needs of individual pupils. The curriculum offers pupils many exciting opportunities to develop their skills in writing and reading. Pupils enjoy science, history, music and art and a range of sports and extra-curricular activities. Pupils’ behaviour is good. Pupils from diverse backgrounds care exceptionally well for one another; they say they feel extremely safe at school. The school offers excellent care and support and provides extremely well for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The headteacher has been relentless in her drive to improve the school and raise the expectations of staff, pupils and parents. Her excellent leadership has inspired senior leaders, subject leaders and all teachers to put changes in place which have significantly improved teaching and speeded up pupils’ progress. The headteacher and the governing body have an extremely clear understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses. They have acted decisively to tackle weak teaching. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The school does not yet make the most of opportunities to share the outstanding practice among staff. In some lessons, the pace of learning is inconsistent and the level of challenge drops for all groups of pupils. Pupils have too few opportunities to apply their mathematical skills in real-life situations. In some instances, when teachers mark work, they do not give clear advice about how pupils can improve their work or time to act upon that advice.