The Abbey Primary School

Name The Abbey Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 12 March 2015
Address Winchester Road, Delapre, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN4 8AZ
Phone Number 01604660100
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 388 (47% boys 53% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.2
Academy Sponsor Inmat
Local Authority Northamptonshire
Percentage Free School Meals 13.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 22.7%
Persisitent Absence 6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The Abbey Primary School is larger than the average-sized primary school. The majority of the pupils are White British. However, at least 13 minority ethnic groups are represented and an above-average proportion of pupils speak English as an additional language. A much higher than average proportion of pupils join or leave partway through their primary school education. Children start school full-time in the Reception classes. An average proportion of pupils are disadvantaged and supported by the pupil premium. This is additional funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals or in care. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is below the national average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. A new early years leader was appointed in September 2014.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The school is led and managed well. The headteacher provides strong leadership. She knows the school well and has a clear vision for its future development. Leaders, managers and governors are effective in making sure that teaching and pupils’ achievement are improving. Governors have a good understanding of pupils’ performance and the quality of teaching. They are skilful in holding leaders to account for pupils’ achievement. Pupils’ behaviour is excellent and their attendance is improving. They are polite and keen to help others. They enjoy being able to contribute to all aspects of the school’s life. Pupils are kept exceptionally safe in school. Both pupils and their parents appreciate the care the school provides to ensure their well-being. Teaching is good and improving. Teachers provide helpful written feedback that supports pupils’ learning and enables them to make good progress over time. Pupils across the school achieve well, particularly in reading, writing and mathematics. They develop the skills they need to succeed in their learning. Children achieve well in Reception because adults use the setting well to stimulate children’s curiosity and develop their personal skills. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Some new subject leaders do not yet have the skills to improve teaching to secure pupils’ even better progress. Teachers do not always make learning activities challenging for all ability groups, particularly the most able pupils. Pupils are not prepared as well for the next step in their education, or later life, in mathematics as they are in reading and writing.