Fairfield Community Primary School

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About Fairfield Community Primary School

Name Fairfield Community Primary School
Website http://www.fairfieldprimarybury.org.uk/
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs V Gilkey
Address Rochdale Old Road, Bury, BL9 7SD
Phone Number 01617641559
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 243
Local Authority Bury
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

This school is a welcoming and friendly haven where adults encourage all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), to succeed.

Pupils enjoy playing and learning together. They are very happy in the school. Pupils who recently joined the school, including from other countries, said they made friends quickly.

All are valued members of the community.

Pupils develop strong relationships with staff. Many pupils spoke of staff's kindness and patience.

Pupils know that staff care about them and that they treat everyone fairly. Leaders resolve any bullying concerns effectively. This helps pupils to feel safe.

...>Pupils make every effort to rise to leaders' high expectations of behaviour and achievement. They are polite and courteous, and work hard. They proudly wear their 'positive behaviour' badges.

They achieve well academically and thrive socially. They benefit from a raft of well-considered and creative approaches to address their learning needs. Their faces light up when taking Dougie, the therapy dog, for a walk or when reading him a story.

Pupils were eager to talk about the many opportunities they have to nurture their interests, such as musical theatre and sports clubs. By carrying out responsible roles, such as young leaders and reading buddies, they learn to make a positive difference. Leaders' motto, 'Happiness and High Standards', permeates the whole school community.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Leaders have ensured that the curriculum is ambitious for all pupils, including those with SEND. It is relevant and interesting, and motivates pupils to engage in their learning.

In most subjects, leaders have clearly identified the important knowledge that pupils, including children in the early years, should have and the order in which they should acquire it.

Teachers use their strong subject knowledge to explain ideas clearly. They check that pupils' understanding is secure before introducing new content. They quickly address misconceptions.

Consequently, in these subjects, pupils gain the knowledge and skills that they need to progress well over time and achieve well.

However, in some subjects, leaders are still finalising their curriculum thinking, from the early years to Year 6, after the recent reorganisation of classes. Although subject leaders have set out ambitious goals for pupils' learning, teachers sometimes lack sufficient clarity about the most important knowledge that pupils need to have and when they should acquire it.

As a result, it is difficult for them to build on what pupils already know and to integrate it into larger concepts. In these subjects, pupils do not achieve as well as they could.

Across the whole school, leaders place a high priority on pupils learning to read well.

Staff are well trained to deliver the clearly structured phonics programme effectively. From the start of the Nursery class, children listen carefully and join in well with rhymes and songs. Many children in the Reception class start to use their budding phonic knowledge when reading words and sentences.

Teachers make sure that pupils practise their reading regularly. They provide additional support for any pupils who need extra help so that they catch up quickly with their peers. This means that most pupils become fluent and accurate readers by the end of Year 2.

Older pupils enjoy reading and were eager to discuss their favourite books.

Leaders identify in detail the needs of pupils with SEND. Teachers use this information well to make sure that these pupils successfully follow the same curriculum as their peers.

From the early years, children display very positive attitudes to learning and behave well. Pupils participate keenly in lessons and take pride in their work. Staff provide sensitive support to help them to regulate their emotions and behaviour.

This means that they rarely disrupt lessons. Leaders work tirelessly to ensure that pupils attend school regularly.

Leaders' investment in the development of pupils' personal development is reaping rewards.

Pupils know they have a voice. They revel in opportunities to contribute to decision-making at the school. For example, their ideas have been at the forefront of the development of outdoor learning.

They are confident and self-assured because they know that they are important. They understand that people have different religions, backgrounds and families and that all deserve equal respect. They experience a wealth of enrichment activities to broaden their horizons and extend their understanding of the wider world.

The expertise and effectiveness of the governing body contribute strongly to the school's development. Staff appreciate the way that leaders are considerate of their workload and well-being. They are proud to work at the school.

Staff morale is high. Governors and staff share leaders' vision and ambition, and understand their role in bringing them to fruition.

Parents and carers are overwhelmingly positive about the school.

They appreciate the approachability of leaders and the care that staff extend to their children.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders ensure that staff receive regular training so that they remain alert to the signs that pupils may be at risk of suffering from harm.

Staff follow clear procedures to report their concerns, which are followed up diligently by leaders. Leaders develop strong links with local agencies to obtain timely help for vulnerable pupils and their families.Pupils benefit from regular opportunities to learn how to keep themselves safe.

They receive helpful information about using the internet safely and gain a secure, age-appropriate understanding of consent. Leaders have organised workshops for older pupils about how to avoid risks in the community.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In some subjects, leaders have not ensured that staff are clear about the essential knowledge that pupils should learn.

As a result of this, sometimes pupils have not acquired the essential knowledge that they need to apply to new learning. It also prevents some pupils from developing a secure understanding of some important concepts. Leaders should ensure that teachers are clear about the knowledge that pupils should learn, and when teachers should teach it, so that pupils can build on prior learning and achieve well in all subjects.

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