On 22nd February 2017, Abbey Grange was inspected. Two Ofsted inspectors spent the day with us, talking to students and staff, visiting lessons, looking at students’ work, and analysing survey returns from students, parents and staff. The judgement was that Abbey Grange continues to be a good school with effective safeguarding procedures. As it was a short, one day inspection, there was a focus on a small number of areas for development, as the inspectors were satisfied that they did not need to assess the areas of outstanding practice that the academy had identified in its own self-evaluation or in last October’s SIAMS inspection report.
Parents can provide feedback on the Academy by using Parent View. This survey can be completed anytime and goes direct to OFSTED. You can access it by clicking on the logo to the right.
In the week before half-term, we had a SIAMS inspection. SIAMS stands for Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools, and is a process that all Church of England schools go through, on a 5 year cycle. This is a rigorous process with many similarities to an Ofsted inspection, although with a tighter focus. Our inspector was in school for a whole day, observing lessons and collective worship, as well as talking to students, staff, parents and governors. We were judged as outstanding in all 4 key areas of the inspection: Christian character, collective worship, religious education, and leadership and management, as well as being judged outstanding overall.
Having been judged as good at the last inspection in February 2012, it was great to have this distinctive and central part of the academy recognised as having developed further to achieve outstanding status. The inspector recognises Abbey Grange as “a rich, diverse and highly effective church school and a happy place for students to learn”, noting that “Christian values are promoted and lived throughout the academy”. I am very pleased that the quality of our collective worship and the effectiveness of our RS department are judged as outstanding, recognising the huge contribution of both Kay Brown, our Chaplain, and Steph Hanbridge, our head of RS and also Associate Assistant Principal.
I am very conscious that we are in this positive position because of the strength of the community that Abbey Grange represents – a partnership of students, staff, parents, governors, Abbey Multi Academies Trust, and the Diocese of Leeds. Thank you to our parents for the part that you and your child play in ensuring the ongoing distinctiveness and effectiveness of Abbey Grange as a Church of England academy.
Although this is definitely a time to celebrate the journey that we have completed thus far, looking forward we will continue to look to develop our Church of England status; the report gives us a couple of areas to develop, which we will work on in the months and years to come.
You can contact your child’s Abbey Manager or the SENCO, Mr Naish to arrange a meeting to discuss your concerns.
Depending on the level of your child’s need there will be a level of support put in place ranging from differentiated work, small group intervention sessions or 1:1 support. This will always include your child’s class teachers but may also involve other support staff including the learning mentor.
Your child will be set in groups according to their ability. They will have access to the National Curriculum with differentiated work where appropriate.
In addition to normal reporting arrangements, you are encouraged to have open communication with your child’s form tutor, (who they see on a daily basis.) We also encourage parents/carers to contact the Abbey Leader or SENCO to discuss progress and provision if any concerns arise.
We have a very strong pastoral system in place at Abbey Grange Academy. Your child will have access to The Child Protection Team, Learning Mentors, Learning Support Assistants, Inclusion Support Staff, Safer Schools Officer and the School Nurse.
We have access to many other services, for example Educational Psychologists, Inclusion Workers, Physiotherapists, Speech & Language Therapists, Visually Impaired Team, Hearing Impaired Team, Counsellors, Careers Advisors, Targeted Services.
Our support staff have ongoing training in many areas such as numeracy and literacy, restraint,slt and most are level 2 TA qualified.
Your child will be offered a variety of activities during lunch time and after school. We also have educational visits and Rewards Days. Your child will have access to the same support they would normally receive.
There are lifts to some areas of school. Stairs have hand rails and luminous lines.
How will the school help my child on transfer to the next phase of education?
We begin transition arrangements in Year 5 and Year 6. This involves our staff visiting your child in their primary school and inviting your child to visit our school as many times as required.
We begin transition arrangements in Year 9 to prepare students for their post 16 options.
Any student who requires extra support will receive some funding from the school’s notional budget. Extra top up funding can be applied for through the local authority (by school) The review panel at the local authority will decide on whether applications warrant extra funding and the amount needed.
You will receive twice yearly progress reports and will be invited to Parent Consultation Evenings and moving on evenings throughout the year. You can also speak to your child’s Abbey Progress Leader at any point in between.
For further information you can contact:
Principal – Mr Norden
Vice Principal – Mrs Thornton
SENCo – Mr Naish
Tel: 0113 275 7877
Fax: 0113 275 4784
Abbey Multi Academy Trust
c/o Chapter House
Abbey Grange Church of England Academy
Registered Company Number: 07705552