In September 2013 the headteachers of Chipping Camden, Cleeve and Tewkesbury Schools became the
directors of the CCT Trust. They set up Abbey View as a free school to offer alternative provision for
young people who find the demands of a mainstream education difficult and for those who are at risk of permanent exclusion. Abbey View School evolved from the alternative provision previously used by the three schools. The previous provision was not subject to an inspection by Ofsted.
The school is registered for students from 11 to 18 years old. Generally, students are in the age range of
14 to 16 years old. To date no student has joined the sixth form.
The number of students on the school roll frequently changes, as some students only stay on the school
roll for a few days or weeks. The maximum number on roll is 40 students to age 16 with two part-time places available in the sixth form. A few students on the school roll have never attended because they or
their parents have not accepted the allocation of a place at this school.
All students are dually registered on the school roll and on the roll of the mainstream school that referred
them to, and commissioned a place at, Abbey View. The school does not accept direct applications from parents.
There are a higher number of referrals for students in Years 10 and 11 than in Years 7, 8 and 9. Slightly
more referrals are made for boys than girls.
Approximately one third of students are entitled to free school meals, this and the proportion of looked
after children vary throughout the year. The pupil premium funding for these students is built into the cost of the placement.
The proportion of students registered as disabled or with a specific special educational need fluctuates,
but all students have some identified need related to turbulence in their past schooling or personal
In the past, the school used the alternative vocational provision at The Tewksbury Launchpad, which is
part of Gloucester College. This resource is currently not in use by the school.
The planned retirement of the headteacher occurred the day after the completion of this inspection. The
current Vice Principal has the role of Acting Principal until the arrival of the newly appointed Principal in September 2015.
As the school is small most teachers act as middle-leaders for a specialist subject or area. This is the school's first full standard Ofsted inspection.
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