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About Us

About us

Our Ethos and Vision

We all Shine

Our belief that “We all Shine” is at the heart of our focus on learning and reflects our high expectations for all of our children. Our school provides a warm, stable, happy experience for every child and we share in the belief that with high expectations all children can and do achieve. We trust in the expertise of our staff to provide outstanding opportunities for learning and encouragement for every child. At Sir Thomas Abney we show the children how to learn for themselves and to work with others. We provide quality feedback to all children and value their views too. We understand what it is like to be a child growing up in this community and work in partnership with parents to ensure children progress as fast as possible and achieve as much as possible.

Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium is funding allocated to schools for the purpose of boosting the attainment of pupils from low income families. It is intended to enable schools to provide targeted support to help children reach their full potential. Funding is allocated for children who are Looked after by the Local Authority (CLA) and for every child who has been registered for Free School Meals in the last six years.

It is the responsibility of the governors to explain pupil premium expenditure to parents in the form of an annual statement.

It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils they are responsible for.

Reporting to Parents

Parents will be able to obtain information on the pupil premium via the school website. This is updated annually.

Responsibility for Reporting

The Headteacher is responsible for reporting.

Overview of the school 2014-15

Number of pupils and pupil premium grant (PPG) received
Total number of pupils on roll


Total number of pupils eligible for PPG


Total amount of PPG received

£211 900

Nature of support  2014/15

  • Additional teaching assistant allocated to accelerate progress in Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) and to ensure pupils achieve a good level of development
  •  1:1 tutor to lead short and measurable intervention programs for pupils in English and Mathematics
  • Additional teaching assistants allocated for 1:1 reading in Year 1 and Year 2
  • Allocation of additional teachers in Key Stage One and Key Stage Two to ensure pupils receive targeted teaching and increases good and outstanding teaching
  • Weekly commissioning of school attendance advisor to support parents to improve their child/children’s attendance
  • Targeted funding for outings, special events and guest speakers linked to The International Primary Curriculum
  • Allocation of sports coach to teach PE lessons and run after-school and lunchtime activities to improve the health and well being of pupils

For a detailed record of Pupil Premium Grant spending in 2015-16 please click here.

For a detailed record of Pupil Premium Strategy for 2016-17 click here.

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A Resourced School

Sir Thomas Abney is a Speech and Language Resourced School with provision for 22 children with speech, language and communication difficulties. The allocation of places is decided by the local authority in consultation with the school, the local speech and language team and parents. It is important to note that admission to the mainstream section of Sir Thomas Abney Primary School does not afford any child priority placement into the Language Resourced School. All children allocated a place in this way, are part of the school and join in all activities. They are included into mainstream classes for lessons, enabling them to experience the full curriculum. Additionally the children are taught in small groups and receive regular speech and language interventions. Our expertise in language disorders enables us to provide specialist teaching to address specific language difficulties, whilst also providing a wider access to the National Curriculum at a pace and level best suited to the needs of our individual children. Programmes of work are underpinned by identified speech and language therapy targets with additional input delivered by the resident speech and language therapists.

School Development and Evaluation

For Sir Thomas Abney’s latest DfE School Performance table please click here

DfE Performance tables allow you to compare us to other schools in the area. View the DfE Performance Tables website for more information.

For an overview of Key Stage One and Two SATs results over the last three years please click here

For an overview of the school’s priorities for this academic year please click here


With the introduction of a new National Curriculum, assessment has been overhauled in the primary education system from September 2014. Levels, as teachers knew them, are now gone and have not been replaced with a national system. The Government has given each school the freedom to design their own assessment system.

However this does not apply to the current Year 2 and Year 6 children who remain on levels and will sit the end of KS1 and KS2 SATs in the Summer term 2015. They will be levelled in accordance with the old National Curriculum for this year only.

What are we doing about assessment?

The new National Curriculum, brought in at the start of September 2014, is written so that children have to cover some objectives over the course of a two year period and some objectives over a single period.

The ethos of the new curriculum is embedding a depth and mastery of the learning objectives. Therefore assessing children’s depth of knowledge and ability to apply this knowledge into other contexts is now every school’s priority. Assessment of these objectives is now no longer determined by a central system of levels determined by the Government.

We currently use the Hackney Assessment Tool which tracks children in 3 levels:

  • Emerging (level of understanding)
  • Developing (level of understanding)
  • Secure (level of understanding)

Children are still legally required to be assessed formally at the end of Reception, at the end of Year 1 in the Phonics test, the end of KS1 SATs tests and the end of KS2 SATs tests. These will remain in place, however the scoring system will change next year.

At present we do not know much about the SATs tests from 2016 as the Government are still trialling the new format.


At Sir Thomas Abney we are committed to creating and maintaining a safe and secure environment for children, staff, volunteers and visitors. We promote a climate where children and adults will feel confident about sharing any concerns which they may have about their own safety or the well-being of others. We carry out our responsibilities actively and appropriately in liaison with all other concerned parties.

To read the school’s Safeguarding Policy please click here

To learn more about the school’s procedures relating to E-Safety please click here

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To learn more about the school’s policy on mobile phone and camera use, please click here

School Assemblies

Sir Thomas Abney holds assemblies for Year One to Year Six five times a week. Each assembly concludes with a moment of reflection. In the second half of the Autumn term, Early Years hold a weekly Award Assembly; joining the Monday, Wednesday and Friday assemblies in the Summer term.

For our full timetable for the Autumn term, please click here

For our full timetable for the Spring term, please click here

For our full timetable for the Summer term, please click here

To view an example of one of our Wednesday assemblies, please click here

Special Educational Needs

“Those pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities are supported extremely well so that they meet their individual targets” Ofsted 2010

Sir Thomas Abney is fully committed to providing a fully inclusive education for all children.

Our objective is to identify and assess children with special educational needs as soon as possible and to use our resources to support these children as effectively as possible, seeking outside specialist help where necessary. The SEN policy can be downloaded from the School Policies page.

For a detailed record of the school’s Special Educational Needs Core Offer please click here.

For a copy of the school’s Accessibility Plan 2014-2016 please click here

Able Learners

The school identifies and tracks the progress of pupils of all abilities to ensure that they reach their maximum potential. We provide a comprehensive range of enrichment activities for our highest performing pupils as well as day-to-day extension activities to enable them to feel challenged and remain motivated.


Pupil reading bookThere is an expectation that your child will complete set homework, the amount of which will vary across the school. Parents are provided with parent outlines each term outlining the work that their children will be carrying out in school and expectations around what homework needs to be completed on a weekly basis. We recommend that all children read to an adult at home every evening for at least 15 minutes. We encourage all parents and carers to support their child’s learning by providing a quiet place for doing homework and ensuring homework is returned to the class teacher on time.

Pupils love learning about the wide range of cultures and traditions represented in the school

Ofsted 2010