Fairfield Park Lower School

Name Fairfield Park Lower School
Website http://www.fairfield.beds.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address Dickens Boulevard, Stotfold, SG5 4FD
Phone Number 01462830000
Type Primary
Age Range 3-9
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 453 (52.5% boys 47.5% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.6
Local Authority Central Bedfordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.9%
Persisitent Absence 6.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 4.9%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (10 May 2012)
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Information about the school

The school opened in 2007 and is at the centre of a new development of 900 homes. In the last three years the number of pupils has doubled, making it currently similar in size to the average primary school. The school population is projected to rise further, and plans for extensions to the building are at an advanced stage. At present, fewer pupils than usual are known to be eligible for free school meals, although the proportion is increasing. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds and very few pupils’ first language is other than English. The proportion of pupils at school action, school action plus and with statements of special educational needs is lower than the national average. The school has gained a range of awards including a National Healthy School award, an International School award and an Artsmark award. There is a privately run day nursery on the school site, which is subject to a separate inspection.

Key findings

This is an outstanding school. It is successful because leaders and managers are sharply focused on ensuring that the teaching is of a consistently high standard. As a result, pupils learn very effectively, and almost all make rapid progress. Achievement is excellent. In the Early Years Foundation Stage, children gain the firm foundations for reading, writing and mathematics that allow them to develop and enhance these skills across the curriculum at a rapid rate as they move through the school. By the end of Year 4 their attainment typically exceeds expectations for their age. It is slightly higher in reading and writing than in mathematics. The teaching is outstanding because the headteacher has developed a high level of consistency in the very effective approaches used to promote pupils’ learning. As a result, lessons are interesting and pupils well motivated. The teachers mark the pupils’ writing in great detail, highlighting how they can improve it. Marking in mathematics, although conscientious, does not give the pupils as much help to develop their understanding further. Pupils develop very positive attitudes to learning, and benefit greatly from the many opportunities that the broad and exciting curriculum offers them to extend their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Very attractive and interesting displays of pupils’ work reflect the high expectations that are evident throughout the school. Typically, pupils behave extremely well. Leadership and management are outstanding. The attention to detail in all aspects of the school’s work results in high-quality provision that pervades all that the school provides for the pupils. All aspects of the school’s work are planned extensively, enthusiastically implemented, incisively monitored and comprehensively evaluated, to ensure a positive impact on pupils’ learning and progress.