Welcome to the Merton Abbey Primary School Website.
Our vibrant school has stood at the centre of our local community for almost one hundred years. We are proud to serve South Wimbledon. It’s dynamic and diverse - just like London. We are lucky to live in the one of the world’s greatest cities and we want to connect our children to its cultural riches.
Our school motto is ‘Working hard and caring for each other’. We teach children the value of working hard and succeeding so they can achieve everything that they are capable of - now, in secondary school and in their adult life.
As well as encouraging hard work, we also believe that caring for each other is crucial for the development of our pupils and our school. Helping others to succeed is embedded in everything we do. It informs the way we teach and is at the heart of the way our children learn, both in the classroom and the playground. Understanding others, and seeing the value of helping them flourish, makes life rich and rewarding for everyone.
Our most recent OFSTED report stated these positives:
“Teachers’ questioning has a positive impact on pupils’ learning. Teachers give pupils time to think and consider their answers before asking for answers. Pupils speak confidently and ask questions which enable them to develop their understanding further.”
“Teachers and teaching assistants give pupils effective individual support in classes. They question pupils effectively and rigorously check their understanding of the task and give helpful feedback on their work.”
“They [pupils] enjoy good relationships with each other and this has a positive impact on their learning.”
“…the school motto, is a consistent message from school leaders, which has a strong impact on pupils’ personal development.” [OFSTED, 2017]
However, that same OFSTED report gave our school a clear challenge to improve our academic results. Myself and all the staff are vigorously focused on raising the attainment in English and Mathematics. I am proud to report we have had two years of positive improvements (including exceeding the national average for Year 6 maths last year). We have more improvements to make but we are determined to make that happen in the years ahead.
We understand that children need a rich and varied range of opportunities to learn so we have great relationships within our local community and beyond. We have a long standing partnership with Kings’ College school whose secondary pupils are currently running reading clubs for our pupils.
Our pupils make regular Friday afternoon visits to the older residents of Trellis House and, in return, the residents visit the school for special performances. We want the children to participate actively in their local community: to know that they can be agents of change and a force for good.
We have a strong link with the Polka Theatre where we are often visitors and who run an After School club for us. We also visit Wick Court Farm in Gloucestershire every year, where our pupils get a real first-hand experience of working on a farm and learn where their food comes from.
We hope you will find the information on our website useful but we encourage visits from prospective parents and members of staff. You can make a visit by calling Mrs Jackson or Mrs Sutton at the school office.
I look forward to showing you around our school.