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  • 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 mainstream state school for pupils aged from 4 to 11
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Sheffield
  • Pupils: 577
  • 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...

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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.


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