Key School Information
Copies of documents found on this website are available by request at the school office.
School contact details
Abington Vale Primary School Park Campus
Ashford Close, Abington Vale, Northampton. NN3 3NQ
Abington Vale Primary School Stirling Campus
77 The Avenue, Cliftonville,Northampton. NN1 5BT
Contacts at the school: Mrs Georgie Harrison (School Business Manager)
Mrs Laura Cichuta (Head Teacher)
Mrs Fiona Hull (Deputy Head Teacher)
Mrs Sarah Aldridge (Assistant Head Teacher)
Office: 01604 635071
All of our office staff welcome queries from parents and other members of the public.
Primary School applications for September 2020
School applications, including ‘in year’ applications, are managed by Northamptonshire County Council, not the school.
If your child's 4th birthday is between 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020 (meaning they will start school in September 2020), you can make an application for a primary school place from September 2019. The closing date for applications is Monday 13th January 2020 at 5pm.
Parents who live within Northamptonshire are being encouraged to apply online. The system will be available through a link from September 2019. at:-
The ‘Applying for a Primary School Place in Northamptonshire’ booklet will also be available in PDF format on this website. Paper copies of the booklet can be obtained by request from:
Northamptonshire County Council
PO Box 216
8-10 The Lakes
Reference copies will also be available within all schools and libraries across Northamptonshire.
The booklets will contain information about:
- How to apply online
- A list of primary schools by local area
- How to complete a preference form
- The published admission number for each school
- Each school’s oversubscription criteria
- Key dates for the application and allocation process
- Information relating to children with special educational needs
- Home-to-school transport information
- Where to access further information
- Details regarding late applications
- Contact details for the NCC Admissions Team
Open day visits for prospective parents are:
- Tuesday 8th October 2019, 10-10.30am at Park Campus,1.30-2.00pm at Stirling Campus
- Friday 15th November 2019, 10-10.30am at Stirling Campus,1.30-2.00pm at Park Campus
- Thursday 5th December 2019, 10-10.30am at Park Campus,1.30-2.00pm at Stirling Campus
- Thursday 9th January 2020, 10-10.30am at Stirling Campus,1.30-2.00pm at Park Campus
Please contact the School Office to book a place on one of our Open Days 01604 635071.
Please contact the School Office to book a place on one of our Open Days 01604 635071.
The school’s End of Key Stage (Profile) results can be found in the sidebar.
School Performance Tables published by the Secretary of State on the Department for Education's website can be found using the weblink in the sidebar.
At Abington Vale Primary School we have designed a skill based curriculum that enables subjects to be taught using a cross curricular approach. We want our children to have an exciting curriculum that really prepares our children for the rigours of secondary school and the future beyond. Subjects are combined and the children have targets to achieve so that they always know what to do to improve and what to do next.
“The curriculum is good. Staff successfully plan a creative skills-based curriculum, routinely adding the five areas of sport, drama, art, music and creativity to ensure it is stimulating and enjoyable. Effective links are made between the different subjects and topics are regularly reviewed. The curriculum is enhanced by the many extra-curricular clubs run before and after school, where pupils of different ages enjoy playing and working together in an interesting variety of activities such as Rock School, Street Dancing and creating music using computers. Music is a particular strength. The school choir, led by a music specialist performs to a high standard and has shared their music with elderly members of the community in a local residential home as well as singing in the O2 Arena in London.” Ofsted 2011
We help our children to become individual learners and take ownership of their progress and attainment. Parents are regularly informed of their child’s progress and school is seen as a real partnership between us all.
Through our teaching we ensure that the children get a mixed diet of activities to ensure that all learning styles are catered for. Our children are all different and will learn in different ways.
We try to include as many WOW days as possible to bring the children’s learning to life! We encourage our children to join in, get stuck in and have fun learning.
Our curriculum is regularly reviewed to ensure that it is still relevant and as exciting as possible.
There are plenty of opportunities to use Sport, Art, Music and Drama, visits and visitors and technology to bring the learning alive.
“The school is a cohesive community where everyone is valued and pupils are given every opportunity to discover and develop their talents. The school's outstanding partnership with parents and carers makes certain that they are kept well informed and fully involved in their children's learning. The school is highly regarded by parents and has a growing reputation in its local community. Other excellent partnerships with local schools and specialist agencies have a significant impact on pupils' education. These provide additional expertise to support pupils whose circumstances may make them vulnerable and a wide range of sporting activities for all to enjoy.”
Full details about our curruclum across the school can be found in our Curriculum Support files in the sidebar. If you require a hardcopy please contact the school office.
Our Behaviour Policy and our Anti-Bullying Leaflet are found in the sidebar.
Charging and Remissions policy
A copy of our Charging and Remissions policy can be found in the sidebar of this page.
Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) information and the Local Offer
In September 2014 a new Code of Practice for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) was published. As a result every local authority must identify education, health and social care services in their local area provided for children, young people and families who have Special Educational Needs or disabilities and include them in an information directory called the Local Offer.
Our Inclusion Policy contains our SEND/Local Offer details and can be found in the sidebar of the page.
Pastoral Care, Inclusion and Safeguarding
We pride ourselves on our caring ethos. We foster an environment where every child matters. We have a child centred curriculum that encourages children to be independent and learn skills that are going to benefit them throughout their lives. We have an open door policy that encourages parents to come and talk to us regarding their children's progress We are often thought of as the little school with the big heart.
We believe everyone is unique. We believe all children are capable and extraordinary. We celebrate diversity and the richness it brings to the school community and encourage the children to do the same. We are committed to giving all of our children every opportunity to achieve the highest of standards. We do this by taking account of pupils’ varied life experiences and needs. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum and have high expectations for all children. The achievements, attitudes and well-being of all our children matter. Our school aims to be an inclusive school. We actively seek to remove the barriers to learning and participation that can hinder or exclude individual pupils, or groups of pupils. This means that equality of opportunity must be a reality for our children.
PE and Sport Premium for Primary Schools
The Government has provided school sport funding in order to improve the provision of physical education and sport in primary schools. This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport.
Pupil Premium Grant
The school's allocated Pupil Premium funding is shown in the Pupil Premium Information report in the sidebar.
A full breakdown of information related to our governing body can be found within our About Us page related to the governors. Here we provide information about their names, roles, the committees for which they serve, their attendance as well as detail related to any financial interest they may have and the terms of office that they hold. Our Governors are appointed by the Governing Body.
Values and Ethos
To ensure children are being prepared for life in modern Britain
Being a generator of new ideas and initiatives, with regular discussions on how to foster a shared goal of continuous improvement. We provide solid challenge and support to the school and are prepared to get involved in all aspects of school life.