Abbotswood had its last full OFSTED inspection in June 2017.
Although Abbotswood is currently 'requires improvement', the inspectors were very complimentary of our school. Here are some quotes taken from the report:
"Teaching is effective in the early years foundation stage provision and children make a positive start to school."
"Most pupils in key stage 1 are making good progress and achieving in line with national figures.
The school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure is good."
"The leadership of special educational needs is effective and additional funding is used to provide precisely targeted teaching. This has led to better rates of progress for pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities."
"Leaders promote equality of opportunity at all times and tackle any discrimination effectively. The pupil premium is used to provide effective support for disadvantaged pupils and increasingly their differing needs are well met. This has resulted in these pupils achieving as well as others in school."
"Teachers and teaching assistants work together to support learning, especially where pupils need extra support and guidance."
"The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is good."
"There are effective relationships between staff and pupils and between pupils themselves. These contribute greatly to pupils’ enjoyment of school. ‘Teachers are very understanding here’ was a typical comment from a pupil, and others agreed with her."
"The arrangements for safeguarding are effective. Leaders put a high priority on the safety and well-being of pupils. They have built up close relationships with external agencies and make good use of specialist help and advice. Staff know their pupils and their families very well and look out vigilantly for any potential safeguarding concerns."
"Leaders have taken firm steps to improve attendance and punctuality. They have provided effective support for families to encourage regular attendance. As a consequence, attendance rates have risen quickly in recent months and are close to the national average."
"Following the appointment of the acting headteacher and the establishment of a new leadership team, the pace of improvement has increased considerably."
"Recent changes to improve the quality of teaching in English and mathematics are making a difference. Progress is increasing and a greater number of pupils are now on track to achieve at least the expected standard by the end of key stage 2. This strengthening picture, together with a rising trend in children’s achievement in the early years, indicates that the school has the capacity for further improvement."