Great Abington Primary School

Name Great Abington Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 24 January 2013
Address High Street, Great Abington, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB21 6AE
Phone Number 01223891362
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 136 (55% boys 45% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.7
Local Authority Cambridgeshire
Percentage Free School Meals 8.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 22.6%
Persisitent Absence 3.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 5.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is much smaller than the average-sized primary school. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds. The proportion who have English as an additional language is lower than average. Few pupils are known to be eligible for additional funding through the pupil premium. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs who are supported through school action is well-below average. The proportion supported at school action plus or through a statement of special educational needs is above average. The school does not use other places where pupils can learn away from school. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for attainment and progress. The school has five classes, four of which are for pupils of mixed ages. All Year 6 pupils are in one, single-age class. The school has undergone significant changes of teaching staff in the last year. Four of the five classes have different teachers arising from promotions or personal circumstances.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Standards reached by pupils at the end of Year 6 are usually well-above average. Across the school, pupils’ progress is at least good and outstanding in some classes. Effective action is improving pupils’ understanding of the sounds that letters make (phonics) and they read with increasing confidence. The headteacher’s impressive leadership makes sure that current pupils make good progress and achieve well from good teaching – despite major staff changes. Overall, leadership and management, including governance, are good. Leaders frequently and thoroughly check the quality of teaching. They are quick to pinpoint areas for improvement and take appropriate action. Leaders, well supported by the governing body, are rigorous in making sure that no pupils fall behind. Well-trained staff give pupils good support to help them to catch up. The school’s emphasis on teaching respect for others helps to give pupils a deep understanding of how to learn and greatly supports their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Pupils’ behaviour, their understanding of how to keep themselves safe and attendance are outstanding. Pupils have many opportunities to experience a range of stimulating activities in school, in the local area, and further afield. These enrich and extend pupils’ learning. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The new marking policy is not used well in all classes. Staff do not always insist enough on pupils having neat, well-formed handwriting and overlook some errors in grammar, punctuation and spelling of some simple words