Federation of Abbey Schools

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Cleveland Terrace, Darlington,County Durham DL3 8JA


01325 380 748

 "Aim High   Work Hard   Achieve Together”


Our curriculum intent:

At Abbey School, we create a happy, caring and supportive environment based on a spirit of co-operation between the school and the local community. We treat children and adults fairly, equitably, and with dignity and respect, to maintain an inclusive school culture.

Our curriculum is ambitious and we set high expectations to enable pupils to become effective, enthusiastic, independent learners who behave in a way to make parents and school proud. It aims to provide all pupils with the knowledge, skills and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. Barriers to our curriculum intent are identified early and acted upon.

We are learning centred and we challenge their thinking, help them strive for continuous improvement and are committed to life-long learning.


Our curriculum implementation:

At Abbey School we deliver a dynamic and innovative curriculum that challenges, excites and inspires children to achieve their best and instil in everyone a love of learning. We nurture, support and challenge everyone to perform at their best and feel proud of what they have achieved.

Teaching promotes the development of pupils’ metacognitive knowledge to improve independent thinking skills to become confident, self-assured learners. Personal development and relationships shape our approach to learning to ensure that our pupils are happy, emotionally intelligent citizens who know themselves and their place in the world as unique individuals.

The work given to pupils is demanding and matches the aims of the curriculum in being coherently planned and sequenced towards cumulatively sufficient knowledge. We assess our pupils diligently so we know where we need to take them next; we know our children and their families well.       


The impact of our curriculum:

We have a collective responsibility for raised standards and improved pupil outcomes which ensures that all our children develop detailed knowledge and skills across the curriculum and, as a result, achieve exceptionally well and is reflected in our consistently high outcomes for our pupils.

Children are challenged to deepen their understanding and knowledge by taking on tasks which help others in the class have an insight into knowledge that may otherwise have not been accessed by them.

Pupils’ personal development is a strength and is evident in the way that pupils contribute to the life of school and how they interact with each other and the world around them. Our pupils understand and express their emotions well and handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. Pupils develop into confident, attentive, independent learners ready for the next stage in their education. Our pupils are continually growing as empathetic, independent and emotionally intelligent learners and citizens. Our SEND Information Report details how we make our curriculum equitable and accessible.