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Welcome from the Principal

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I am extremely privileged to be leading Abbeyfield School at this exciting time in its development. In September 2012 we were delighted to reopen as an 11-18 academy within the Creative Education Academies Trust.

We are immensely proud of our school and in particular the new focus on the design curriculum which has been fostered by our relationship with our sponsor academy. The creative, problem-solving, innovation and making skills used in design, engineering, high-tech manufacturing and architecture are at the heart of our approach to learning because they are at the heart of the UK economy of the future.

Our educational philosophy is simple and uncompromising: We believe that challenging students to achieve academic results beyond their targets is vital in ensuring that they aim high in life. We know that students strive and learn in an environment where they feel safe and nurtured. We believe that all skills and talents should be recognised and celebrated within and beyond our curriculum.

My expectations of the staff at Abbeyfield are equally uncompromising: Staff, irrespective of their role, lead by example and act as positive role models for our students. We are determined to deliver the highest quality teaching and ensure the needs of all our students are met effectively.

I greatly look forward to working with you in the future.

Claire Morrell, Principal  

Timetable - Fortnightly Cycle

Week commencing Monday 21 July - Week B

School closes for the summer break on Wednesday 23 July - students will be dismissed between 12.45 and 1.00pm

Wednesday 3 September 2014 - Training Day,  

Thursday 4 September 2014 - Training Day

School opens to students on Friday 5 September 2014 

To view this week's Menu, please click here

Students are reminded that hoodies, denim coats and jackets must not be worn on the school site. A watch and no more than one stud earring in each ear are the only acceptable jewellery. Extreme hair colouring and shaved areas are not permitted, facial piercings must be covered with tape.   

Please contact the school by telephone or email if you require disabled parking access for any event.  

Visitors to Abbeyfield School

We would like to confirm that all visitors to the School, including parents, should have one form of identification with them when they visit. Examples of appropriate identification are an official identity badge, passport, driving license or a bank card. These will be checked by our Reception/Administration team upon arrival. You will continue to be required to both sign in and wear a Visitor's Badge at all times whilst on the School premises.


Ofsted Inspection 2nd-3rd July 2014

Today we have been informed by Ofsted that an Inspection will take place in Abbeyfield School over the next two days. This is an important event for the school community. Staff and students will have the opportunity to speak to the Inspection team during this period, but Ofsted are very keen to hear the views of parents and carers of all students. 

I would strongly encourage you to read the letter below and use the link to complete the online survey. In addition, if you would like to read or download the Parents' Guide to Ofsted inspections, please click here Hard copies will be available in School Reception upon request.

I will keep you informed of all details about the Inspection at the appropriate time.


Claire Morrell



Dear parent or carer

Inspection of Abbeyfield School by Ofsted

We have just told your child’s school that we will inspect it on 2–3 July 2014. The lead inspector will be Ian McNeilly. We are writing to you because we would like to know what you think about the school. Please take a few minutes to read the leaflet which came with this letter. It explains why we inspect schools, and what happens during an inspection.

Your views about the school are important to us

If you are a registered parent or carer of a pupil at the school (including pupils on sick leave or who are temporarily excluded), you can tell us your views about the school by completing Ofsted's online survey, Parent View, at:

Parent View asks for your opinion on 12 aspects of your child’s school, including the progress made by your child, the quality of teaching, dealing with bullying and poor behaviour. The inspectors will use the online survey responses when inspecting your child’s school.

To register your views, you will need to provide your email address, which will be held securely. It will not be used for any purpose other than providing access to the online survey. Neither schools nor Ofsted will have access to any email addresses.

Please complete the online survey by 11am on 2 July 2014 as this will give the inspection team more time to consider your views. However, we will consider all online responses that are completed during the inspection. Should you wish to provide written comments these should be sent to the school in a sealed envelope, marked confidential and addressed to the inspection team.

Speaking to an inspector

If you are unable to complete the online survey, it may be possible to speak to an inspector during the inspection, for instance at the start of the school day, or to pass on messages to the inspectors if you are unable to speak to them in person. Inspection administrators will be happy to make the necessary arrangements. If concerns are raised about child protection, we may have to pass the information we receive to social services or the police. You can contact the administrators on 0121 6799169. Inspectors will be pleased to receive your comments, but cannot deal with complaints about individual pupils or settle disputes between you and the school.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the online survey.

Yours faithfully


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As well as completing the survey, you can use Ofsted's online survey, Parent View, at any time during the school year to give Ofsted your opinion of your child’s school. You can also use Parent View to see survey results for schools across England. Visit, or look for the link on the main Ofsted website:



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