Fairchildes Primary School


Name Fairchildes Primary School
Website http://www.factrust.org
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 17 October 2012
Address Fairchildes Avenue, New Addington, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 0AH
Phone Number 01689842268
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 518 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.4
Academy Sponsor Fairchildes Academy Community Trust
Local Authority Croydon
Percentage Free School Meals 29.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 32.4%

Information about this school

This is much larger than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is around average; a small proportion of these speak English as an additional language. An above average proportion of pupils are eligible for the pupil premium which provides additional funding for looked after children, pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children from service families. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is average as is the proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs. The number of pupils who leave or join the school at other than the usual times is well above average. The school exceeds the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school runs breakfast and after-school clubs. In September 2012, the school increased its roll by one class. It is opening a specialist unit for pupils with special educational needs in September 2013. The headteacher is currently supporting the leadership team in a local primary school.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Leaders at all levels, including governors, have made excellent use of their resources to improve the school. Staff are well supported with resulting improvements in their performance. As a result, the school has improved considerably in some areas since the last inspection. The school’s success is due to its strong focus on the needs of each pupil so none is left behind. Much teaching is outstanding and never less than good. Teachers provide activities and experiences which are fun, practical and inspiring. By the time they reach Year 6, pupils do much better than their peers nationally in English and mathematics. Pupils make outstanding progress. Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs receive specialist teaching and support and so make excellent progress. Pupils who receive additional funding are closely monitored and well supported to make better than expected progress. Pupils’ behaviour is typically outstanding. They mix very well, show a great deal of care for each other and have extremely positive attitudes towards school. They are totally engaged in learning which excites and stretches them to their limits. Pupils report that they feel safe at school and always have someone to turn to if they need help. Parents and carers fully support the ambitions of the school and many benefit from the training opportunities offered. Marking and feedback are strong in English and mathematics, but teachers are less successful in telling pupils how to improve their work in other subjects between Years 3 and 6.