The Abbey School

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About The Abbey School

Name The Abbey School
Ofsted Inspections
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Dr Rowland Speller
Address London Road, Faversham, ME13 8RZ
Phone Number 01795532633
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 11-19
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Kent
Highlights from Latest Inspection
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.

What is it like to attend this school?

Leaders are determined that all pupils, including those with special education needs and/or disabilities (SEND), experience a broad and interesting curriculum. Pupils benefit from the range of experiences they have and the range of subjects they study. As pupils' knowledge grows, so does their vocabulary, allowing them to think about, discuss and debate stimulating and important topics.

Pupils with SEND, including those accessing the resource provision, are well supported and fully included in school life.

However, some pupils do not attend school as often as they should. This has a negative impact on their learning.

Many pupils are unhappy and do not feel sa...fe. They are not confident that staff deal with bullying effectively. This leads to pupils not reporting incidents because they have little faith that issues will get resolved.

At social times, the poor behaviour of some pupils makes others feel vulnerable.

Pupils enjoy the wide range of opportunities to develop their interests and talents. These include clubs such as sports, drama and activities to look after the environment.

Pupils are provided with regular, unbiased careers advice and guidance, including in the sixth form. This means they are well informed about different career pathways and future study options.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Leaders and staff have high aspirations for what all pupils can achieve across the curriculum, including those in the sixth form.

They have identified gaps in learning that have arisen from the COVID-19 pandemic and are acting quickly to address these. The curriculum is closely aligned to pupils' individual needs, revisiting content that pupils missed during the pandemic and building on what they have understood. The needs of pupils with SEND are identified appropriately.

Leaders work efficiently with staff to make sure that they have the training and knowledge to support these pupils effectively. Students in the sixth form enjoy the increased individual attention they receive from teachers, which helps them to learn well.

The important knowledge pupils should learn and the order in which they should learn it is clearly set out across subjects.

This means that pupils benefit from building their knowledge in a logical order. Often, pupils recall this knowledge easily and apply this in different contexts. However, in a small number of subjects, pupils do not get the opportunity to revisit and recall their learning, meaning that the most important content is sometimes forgotten.

Leaders are addressing this.

The number of pupils studying modern foreign languages (MFL) at key stage 4 is relatively low compared with the higher proportion of pupils who study geography and history at GCSE. Leaders are rightly taking steps to increase the proportion of pupils opting for languages so that more pupils study all of the English Baccalaureate subjects.

As a result, more pupils are now choosing to study MFL.

In lessons, most pupils comply with leaders' strict expectations of behaviour. However, the way that leaders implement these expectations does not contribute positively to the culture of the school.

For the majority of pupils, these approaches are applied in a manner that is overly restrictive. Many pupils find this oppressive. Leaders have not taken the right actions to address bullying or make sure that behaviour out of lessons is consistently good.

Additionally, leaders have not instilled trust in pupils, which means pupils feel that they cannot report their concerns and know that these issues will be addressed effectively.

Trustees do not hold leaders fully to account for the impact of leaders' actions. Trustees do not provide sufficient challenge and accept too much of what leaders tell them without question.

For example, trustees do not robustly challenge leaders about the school's safeguarding procedures or pupils' welfare, including the low rates of attendance. This means trustees have not challenged leaders effectively about issues around pupils' safety and bullying.

Some pupils' attendance is not high enough, including in the sixth form.

This is having a significantly negative effect on the achievement of pupils who do not attend regularly enough. While the new strategies that leaders have introduced have led to some improvements in some individual pupils' attendance, they have not had the necessary impact yet overall.

Pupils have a strong understanding of how to keep themselves mentally and physically healthy.

However, some pupils told inspectors that the personal, social and health education curriculum does not help everyone understand the importance of treating others with respect and consideration. This includes ensuring that all pupils know why bullying and the use of derogatory language are unacceptable.

Staff, including early career teachers, feel motivated and valued.

They appreciate the guidance and support they receive from leaders to help manage their workload and well-being.


The arrangements for safeguarding are not effective.

Systems for recording safeguarding concerns about pupils, including leaders' actions in response, are extremely poor.

Often, actions are not recorded in detail. Records of safeguarding concerns are not kept confidential or stored securely. They are also maintained in different places.

This means that leaders do not have a precise oversight of which pupils are vulnerable and at risk of harm. As a result, leaders do not always refer concerns to external agencies when they should. Consequently, pupils do not get the help they need.

Leaders take appropriate action to ensure the suitability of adults working with children. However, staff are unclear about the procedures to follow should they be concerned about the behaviour of an adult.

Trustees do not have a rigorous oversight of the school's safeguarding arrangements.

They have not challenged leaders sufficiently to ensure that staff and leaders meet their safeguarding duties. This includes ensuring that all staff, including those responsible for safeguarding, have completed the required training.

What does the school need to do to improve?

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• Most pupils have little confidence in leaders' ability to tackle incidents of bullying successfully.

This means that pupils do not feel safe. When incidents of bullying are reported, leaders need to take robust action to ensure that any incidents are resolved swiftly and effectively. ? The quality of written safeguarding records is poor.

Too often, records are incomplete and do not contain the necessary detail about the nature of the concern. Additionally, any actions that have been taken are not recorded in sufficient detail and information is not shared with external agencies in a timely manner. This means that pupils are potentially at risk and do not get the help and support they need.

Leaders must review all safeguarding roles, responsibilities and record-keeping procedures to ensure that they are secure and compliant. ? The designated safeguarding leaders are not well trained. As a result, they are not clear enough about their statutory responsibilities and the steps they should take to keep pupils safe from harm.

Leaders should immediately strengthen safeguarding arrangements by ensuring that leaders responsible for safeguarding complete all statutory training. ? Trustees do not robustly challenge leaders about the safeguarding procedures. Trustees need to ensure that they challenge leaders more robustly and carefully to ensure that they meet their statutory duties.

• Some pupils' attendance is not high enough. This means that some pupils regularly miss out on essential learning. Leaders should continue with the strategies they have begun to introduce and ensure that these are implemented consistently to improve attendance, including students in the sixth form.

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