Skip to main content
  • Abbey Lane Primary School
    Abbey Lane
    South Yorkshire
    S8 0BN
  • Head: Mrs Maxine Stafford
  • T 01142 745054
  • F 01142 746708
  • E enquiries@abbeyla…
  • W www.abbeylanep…
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 4 to 11.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Sheffield
  • Pupils: 603
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 1
    • 1 Full inspection 19th February 2014
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 10th February 2009
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Pleasant view of thickly wooded hill behind playground, which is equipped with climbing wall, gazebos and a train-shaped climbing frame. Woodland area just used for teaching at present, there's potential for greater exploitation for forest school purposes. Friendly, happy atmosphere. Children say bullying very rare and that issues are quickly dealt with. Takes part in local events such as the Woodseats Festival – the outside cheerfully decorated in red, white and blue bunting when we  called in – and raises large sums of money for local and national charities...

Read review »

What the parents say...

No comments received for Abbey Lane Primary School

Please login to post a comment.

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2012, Mrs Maxine Stafford (40s), previously deputy and acting head. Commended in Ofsted report for maintaining high standards but viewed by parents as unapproachable and lacking in warmth. Ones we spoke to (she refused to meet us) feel she does not listen in a sympathetic way to their concerns, which she sees as criticism, and is immediately on the defensive – 'I dread the day I have to have dealings with her,' said one. 'She always has the deputy head with her – I felt quite intimidated,' said another. While most of the questions in the Ofsted parents' questionnaire had highly positive responses, there is a marked dip when it comes to quality of leadership and management and the school's responses to parental concerns.


Apply in the usual way via the local authority, by...

Subscribe now for instant access to read The Good Schools Guide review.

Already subscribed? Login here.

Subscribe now for instant access to data. Already subscribed? Login here.

  Zoopla sale properties   Zoopla rent properties   Hide Zoopla markers

Powered by Zoopla

Subscribe now for instant access to school catchment.

The data is based on actual admissions from the schools years September 2012 – August 2015 inclusive. Data from the school year September 2015 – August 2016 will be available in 2017.

Already subscribed? Login here.

Subscribe for instant access to in-depth reviews, data and catchment:

30,000 Independent, state and special schools in our parent-friendly interactive directory.
 School exam results by subject and performance GCSE, A level or equivalent.
 Which schools pupils come from and go onto.
 Honest, opinionated and fearless independent reviews of over 1,000 schools.
Comprehensive catchment maps for English state schools by year of entry.
School data comparison by results, relative success and popularity.
 Independent tutor company reviews.

Try before you buy - The Charter School Southwark

The Good Schools Guide subscription

GSG Blog >    In the news >

The Good Schools Guide newsletter

The Good Schools Guide Newsletter

Educational insight in your inbox. Sign up for our popular newsletters.

Is your child a future entrepreneur?


The fifth issue of Chalk & Chat, The Good Schools Guide’s exciting digital magazine, is out now.