Fairfields Primary School and Nursery


Name Fairfields Primary School and Nursery
Website http://www.fairfields.herts.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 27 June 2013
Address Rosedale Way, Cheshunt, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, EN7 6JG
Phone Number 01992633195
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 452 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.3
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 7.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 15.3%

Information about this school

This is a larger than average-sized primary school. The majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds. The proportions of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds and those learning English as an additional language are below average. A below-average proportion of pupils are supported by the pupil premium (extra funding from the government for pupils in local authority care and those known to be eligible for free school meals). The percentage of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is well below average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. During the inspection, Year 6 pupils were on an educational visit to the Isle of Wight. The school shares its site with ‘Little Fields’, a childcare facility for 0 to 3 year olds. This is inspected separately. The school provides a breakfast club and after school club for pupils, parents and carers every weekday. The headteacher and deputy headteacher were both internally appointed in September 2011.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils’ behaviour is excellent and they have a clear understanding of how to keep themselves and others safe. The school is a calm and purposeful place where good manners are the norm. Pupils make good overall progress throughout the school in English and mathematics Standards have improved this year and pupils’ attainment is often above average for their age. Teachers provide lively and exciting tasks that enable pupils to build on their learning step by step. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils is at the centre of the school’s work. The headteacher, senior team and governing body take a strong lead in driving improvement and raising attainment. Rigorous checks on teaching, with good training and support where it is needed, maintain the quality of classroom practice. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Some staff do not always make enough use of their knowledge about what pupils already know to move them on quickly enough with new learning. A few staff do not organise lessons well enough and take too long to explain to pupils what they need to do, which slows their learning. The quality of written marking is inconsistent and too few opportunities are provided for pupils to respond to the advice given In the Early Years Foundation Stage, boys are not developing their mathematical calculation skills as well as they should through investigative play.