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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 [email protected]…
  • W www.abbeylanep…
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 4 to 11.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Sheffield
  • Pupils: 583
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 2
    • 1 Short inspection 20th March 2018
    • 2 Full inspection 18th February 2014

    Short inspection reports only give an overall grade; you have to read the report itself to gauge whether the detailed grading from the earlier full inspection still stands.

  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 9th 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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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2012, 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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Special Education Needs

Ofsted (2006) write increasing numbers with learning needs adding: 'Those with learning difficulties or disabilities are given good support.’ Parents speak of good provision for those with specific learning difficulties. Nov 09.

Interpreting catchment maps

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Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

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Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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