Fairhouse Community Primary School


Name Fairhouse Community Primary School
Website http://www.fairhouseprimaryschool.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 20 April 2016
Address Long Riding, Basildon, Essex, SS14 1QP
Phone Number 01268523960
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 419 (45% boys 55% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.3
Academy Sponsor Berlesduna Academy Trust
Local Authority Essex
Percentage Free School Meals 22.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 10.7%

Information about this school

The school is slightly smaller than most primary schools. Most pupils are of White British heritage and the proportion who speak English as an additional language is below that found in most schools. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is much higher than in most schools. The pupil premium is additional funding provided by the government to support pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and children who are looked after by the local authority. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs or disability is broadly average. The school meets the government’s floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics by the end of Year 6. Two pupils attend alternative provision at the children’s support service in Basildon daily, as part of a managed move to support their emotional and behavioural needs. Since the previous inspection, the leadership team has been strengthened and there has been a high turnover of staff. Ofsted_Logo_Black_RGB

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher, with good support from governors and senior leaders, has successfully developed the school’s capacity to improve further since the last inspection. As a result, there has been rapid improvement in teaching and pupils’ achievements and the school continues to improve. Leaders promote pupils’ physical well-being and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development effectively. Teaching is now good. Teachers use their good subject knowledge to ensure pupils acquire new knowledge, understanding and skills quickly. They use their knowledge of pupils’ previous learning well to ask probing questions to deepen their thinking. Teaching assistants work effectively with teachers to support pupils’ learning. They make good use of resources and plan interesting activities to motivate pupils. Staff have good relationships with pupils and manage their behaviour well. Pupils’ behaviour in lessons and around the school is good and sometimes it is outstanding. They have good attitudes to learning and enjoy school. This is reflected in their good attendance and punctuality. Pupils make good and a few make outstanding progress in a range of subjects, including mathematics and English. The school is effectively closing the previous gaps in pupils’ learning. As a result, pupils in Year 6 are well prepared for secondary education. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Occasionally expectations for learning of the most-able pupils are not high enough, which limits their achievement. Sometimes, pupils who have special educational needs or disability are given tasks that are too hard, which limits their progress. Leaders are not examining attendance information deeply enough to identify those pupils with the poorest attendance and to develop effective strategies to improve it. Ofsted_Logo_Black_RGB