Fairfield School

Name Fairfield School
Website http://www.fairfieldschool.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 12 March 2013
Address White Lee Road, Batley, West Yorkshire, WF17 8AS
Phone Number 01924326103
Type Special
Age Range 4-19
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 133 (53% boys 47% girls)
Local Authority Kirklees
Percentage Free School Meals 45.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 63.9%
Persisitent Absence 45.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Most pupils have severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties. Some pupils additionally have complex medical conditions, autism or a sensory impairment. A small number of more-able students join the school for the sixth form. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is well above average. Sixty per cent of pupils are of Asian (Asian British, Pakistani or Indian) origin and 40% are of White British origin. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well above the national average. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium, which provides extra funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, in the care of the local authority or from service families is well above average. The school entered into a cooperative trust in September 2012 with five neighbouring primary schools and a secondary school.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils make at least good progress in personal and social development. They are able to do this because they make good and occasionally outstanding progress in communication skills. This means that they are well prepared for the next stage in their education or training. The vast majority of pupils make good progress in literacy and numeracy. Sometimes they make outstanding progress in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. The sixth form is good and students make good progress here because they spend an increasing amount of time developing and applying their skills in adult situations. Teaching is good; some is outstanding. In most lessons, pupils learn well because they enjoy what is planned for them to do. The range of subjects and courses offered is different in each phase of school and carefully designed to meet each pupil’s needs. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage make an excellent start to their learning as the school’s partnership with parents is outstanding. Students feel nurtured and well cared for. This is because staff ensure that pupils feel comfortable and confident at all times. The leadership has high expectations of everyone involved with the school and staff are encouraged and supported to improve their teaching. This promotes continuous school improvement. The governing body makes an excellent contribution to leadership because members have a very clear vision and good knowledge of what is happening in school. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Progress across years is inconsistent. Occasionally, work planned for pupils in lessons is not sufficiently demanding. Data are not checked against the national picture frequently enough to ensure that targets set are as challenging as they could be. Attendance is not high enough.