|Name||Fairfield High School for Girls|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||23 January 2013|
|Address||Fairfield Avenue, Droylsden, Manchester, M43 6AB|
|Number of Pupils||965 (100% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||15.5|
|Percentage Free School Meals||14.1%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||13.6%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||8.5%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
Fairfield High School for Girls is an average-sized secondary school which converted to an academy in April 2011. When the school was last inspected, it was judged to be good. The proportion of students from minority ethnic groups is average as is the proportion with English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled students and those with special educational needs supported though school action is below average. The proportion supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is well-below average. The proportion of students known to be eligible for the pupil premium (additional government funding for looked after children, pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those from service families) is about half the national average. An extremely small proportion of students attend work-related courses at Stockport College, Tameside College and Skills Solutions. The school meets the government’s current floor standards which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. The headteacher is a Local Leader in Education. As part of this role he has supported a number of schools in the local area.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. All groups of students make outstanding progress because of outstanding teaching. Overall, students reach high standards, although the attainment of a small minority of more-able students could be further improved. All students have high regard for their teachers; they enjoy lessons and follow carefully the very helpful advice and guidance given by their teachers. The behaviour of students in and outside of the classroom is exemplary. Their excellent attitudes help them to learn extremely well. The school has a very wide range of curriculum activities that caters for every interest and ability, which are enthusiastically supported by the students. Senior leaders and the governing body rigorously pursue excellence. Staff and students are fully aware of their vision and are fully committed to making it a reality. Improvements to the quality of teaching are due to effective arrangements for the performance management of staff and the excellent provision for staff training and development. The governing body offers both challenge and support and is steadfast in ensuring that all students are safe, learn and achieve exceptionally well while at the school. For example, the targeted use of pupil premium funding ensures that those who are eligible make outstanding progress and are narrowing the gap to their peers within the school.