Abington Vale Primary School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

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Ashford Close
Abington Vale
Northampton
NN3 3NQ
01604635071
Pupils
408
Ages
2 - 11
Gender
Mixed
Type
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4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.08
Ofsted Inspection
(10/7/18)
Full Report - All Reports
63%
NATIONAL AVG. 65%
% pupils meeting the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics
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The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. The number of pupils in the school has almost doubled since the last inspection. You and other leaders have successfully managed the challenges this expansion has posed. Pupils’ progress and attainment have remained in line with the national averages. Pupils are well prepared for secondary education. Leaders have worked closely with colleagues in the Northamptonshire Partnership Academy Trust (NPAT) to ensure that Abington Vale is a continually improving school. To build upon the school’s strengths leaders have: increased the contribution that phase leaders and subject leaders make to driving school improvement revised the approach to teaching reading, writing and mathematics in order to deepen pupils’ understanding of these subjects improved provision for pupils with additional needs and for pupils who speak English as an additional language provided wider opportunities for pupils in areas such as sport, the arts and technology. Pupils enjoy school because you and your staff ensure that Abington Vale is inclusive and welcoming. They participate in large numbers in the many sports and other physical activities that the school offers. They are proud of the school’s successes in sporting competitions, including football, cycling, athletics and swimming. The quality of the pupils’ artwork displayed around the school is impressive. Similarly, their workbooks recording the school’s links with the Royal Shakespeare Company highlight that pupils enjoy a rich and imaginative curriculum. The previous inspection report asked leaders to improve pupils’ progress in reading. Leaders have introduced successful strategies that have increased both the number and the range of books pupils read. In addition, they have revised how pupils are taught to read with insight and understanding. Pupils’ progress and attainment in reading are in line with the national averages. However, you agree that the ambition for what pupils can achieve should be raised still higher. The school roll is now stable and a new leadership structure is in place, which addresses the challenges raised by having two school campuses. A next step for leaders is to raise pupils’ progress and attainment in reading, and also in writing and mathematics, to be above the national averages. There are two other areas for leaders to improve. The rates of pupil absence and persistent absence are above the national averages, and not all pupils arrive at school punctually. Improving attendance and punctuality are important next steps. The large majority of parents are very pleased with Abington Vale. They would recommend it to other parents. However, a small minority of parents did share their concerns about how leaders respond to issues they raise. Reviewing how effectively leaders communicate with parents who raise concerns and making any necessary changes are final next steps for the school. Safeguarding is effective. The leadership team and governors ensure that all safeguarding procedures are fit for purpose. Staff receive the necessary training on how to keep children safe in education. They use the online safeguarding tool effectively to record any concerns they have about a pupil’s welfare. Pupils are confident that the school’s staff will do all that they can to keep them safe. They value the help available if they are feeling sad or anxious. This includes the support of two well-being mentors and areas around the school where pupils can take some ‘time out’. Visitors to the school, such as representatives from the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, guide pupils on how to keep themselves safe in a range of potentially harmful situations. The inclusion team works effectively with families and local organisations. It has a good knowledge of the issues, both local and national, that can put pupils at risk of harm. It challenges any external agencies which it judges do not respond appropriately to its referrals. During the current school year, improving rates of attendance has been a safeguarding priority. There has been some success, but the rates of absence and persistent absence remain above the national averages.

Abington Vale Primary School Catchment Area Map

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The concentration of pupils shows likelihood of admission based on distance criteria

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This School Guide heat map has been plotted using official pupil data taken from the last School Census collected by the Department for Education. It is a visualisation of where pupils lived at the time of the annual School Census.

Our heat maps use groups of postcodes, not individual postcodes, and have naturally soft edges. All pupils are included in the mapping (i.e. children with siblings already at the school, high priority pupils and selective and/or religious admissions) but we may have removed statistical ‘outliers’ with more remote postcodes that do not reflect majority admissions.

For some schools, the heat map may be a useful indicator of the catchment area but our heat maps are not the same as catchment area maps. Catchment area maps, published by the school or local authority, are based on geographical admissions criteria and show actual cut-off distances and pre-defined catchment areas for a single admission year.

This information is provided as a guide only. The areas from which pupils are admitted to a school can change from year to year to reflect the number of siblings and pupils admitted under high priority admissions criteria.

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  3. On each school page, use the link to visit the school website and find information on individual school admissions criteria. Geographical criteria are only applied after pupils have been admitted on higher priority criteria such as Looked After Children, SEN, siblings, etc.

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