|Name||Fairchildes Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||17 October 2012|
|Address||Fairchildes Avenue, New Addington, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 0AH|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||518 (48% boys 52% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||21.4|
|Academy Sponsor||Fairchildes Academy Community Trust|
|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.