Fairfield Road Primary School

Name Fairfield Road Primary School
Website http://www.fairfieldroad.tameside.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 19 November 2014
Address Fairfield Road, Droylsden, Manchester, M43 6AF
Phone Number 01613703625
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 469 (46% boys 54% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.3
Local Authority Tameside
Percentage Free School Meals 22.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 18.6%
Persisitent Absence 6.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 13%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This school is a larger than average-sized primary school. The proportion of disabled pupils or those who have special educational needs is just below average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils for whom the school receives pupil premium funding is above the national average. The pupil premium is additional government funding to support children who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those children who are looked after by the local authority. Almost one quarter of pupils in the school is from minority ethnic groups, which is just below the national average. Almost one fifth of the pupil population speaks English as an additional language, which is also just below the national average. Children start school in the early years in the Nursery and attend part-time from age three. They are all full-time from entry to Reception at age four. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. Since the previous inspection there have been some changes of teaching staff, leaders and governors. The headteacher had been the deputy headteacher in the school prior to taking up the post of headteacher just over a year ago. Most members of the leadership team have also taken up their posts relatively recently.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher has been highly effective in building a skilled and committed team of leaders, staff and pupils that has resulted in outstanding behaviour and continued good teaching and achievement. Pupils throughout the school make good progress and achieve well. High standards at the end of Key Stage 2 have been maintained and improved since the previous inspection and are well above average. Pupils who have special educational needs and those supported by extra funding make good progress because of the high quality support they receive. Teaching is good overall, with outstanding teaching in Key Stage 2. Pupils behave extremely well in lessons and around the school. They are confident and independent. They feel safe in school and are respectful towards each other and adults. Parents speak highly of the school’s work in helping their children make good progress and keeping them safe and happy. The curriculum provides experiences that motivate pupils to learn and prepares them for life in modern Britain. There is a wide range of opportunities for pupils to enjoy additional activities in sports, drama, music and singing. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teaching in Key Stage 1 is not as strong as in Key Stage 2. Attainment, although improving, is still below average by the end of Year 2. The current leadership team is heavily focused in Key Stage 2. Further work is needed to develop the skills and deployment of leaders in Key Stage 1.