Fairfield High School

Name Fairfield High School
Website http://www.fairfield.hereford.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 02 October 2013
Address Peterchurch, Hereford, Herefordshire, HR2 0SG
Phone Number 01981550231
Type Academy
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 505 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.8
Local Authority Herefordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 6.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.2%

Information about this school

Fairfield High School is smaller than the average-sized secondary comprehensive school. The vast majority of students are from white British background. The proportion of students eligible for pupil premium funding, which is additional money provided for looked after children, students known to be eligible for free school meals and other groups, is below the national average. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs supported through school action, school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below that in other schools. One student attends off-site provision provided by the local authority. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Students receive an outstanding education at Fairfield High School. This includes their personal development as well as their academic achievement. The headteacher’s strong and clear-sighted leadership is the main driving force behind the school’s continued success. Her high ambitions and desire for the school ‘not to rest on its laurels’ are shared by senior leaders and staff. Students in all year groups achieve exceptionally well and significantly above national averages by the end of Key Stage 4. The progress students make in English and mathematics is much better than the progress of students in most schools. Teaching is consistently good and very frequently outstanding. The school is extremely well placed to raise the quality of much of the good teaching to the next level. Teachers are thorough professionals, eager to improve their performance through sharing good practice and undertaking training. They have high expectations of students, as seen in the challenging targets they set them. The school provides exceptionally good support to help students improve their reading, writing and speaking, so that their literacy skills do not hold back their learning in other subjects. The results are impressive and most students can talk confidently about their learning. Students display excellent attitudes to learning. They behave exceptionally well around the school. They show high levels of respect and courtesy towards each other and to their teachers and other staff. There is an exceptionally positive learning atmosphere throughout the school. Leaders at the school have a relentless focus on maintaining and building on established high standards. They continually review the performance of students and staff. Governors are fully committed to the success of students at the school. They are developing a clear view of how well the school is doing and what needs to be done to improve further. They show determination in wanting to provide better support and challenge to the school’s leaders. One parent spoke for many others when commenting: ‘I am proud to say that my children go to Fairfield’.