Fairisle Junior School


Name Fairisle Junior School
Website http://www.fjslive.net
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 27 February 2018
Address Fairisle Road, Lordshill, Southampton, Hampshire, SO16 8BY
Phone Number 02380733415
Type Primary
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 374 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.2
Local Authority Southampton
Percentage Free School Meals 30.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 17.6%

Information about this school

The school is larger than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is above the national average. The proportion of pupils who have a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan is above the national average. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups or who speak English as an additional language is below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for attainment and progress by the end of Year 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher and senior leaders are thoroughly committed to improving the quality of education at the school. Governors hold the school to account vigorously. They provide effective challenge and support for school leaders. Leaders have put in place robust systems to check the quality of teachers’ work and pupils’ learning. They have a detailed knowledge of the school’s strengths and where it needs to improve further, for example in the teaching of mathematics. The quality of teaching is good. Teachers’ skilful questioning helps pupils overcome misconceptions and deepen their understanding. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is exceptionally well promoted. Pupils are kind and caring and respect everyone equally. The atmosphere in school is very harmonious. Pupils feel safe in school and know how to keep themselves safe. Across a range of subjects, almost all pupils make strong progress from their different starting points. Parents and carers praise the school. They are confident that their children are taught effectively and nurtured well. The curriculum is lively and interesting. Pupils enjoy the wide range of topics they study. Most pupils enthusiastically participate in a wide range of after-school clubs and activities. Disadvantaged pupils and pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities achieve well and make good progress. Sport is a strength of the school. Pupils participate in a wide range of activities and are very successful in both local and national competitions. Although the most able pupils attain well, opportunities to deepen and extend pupils’ learning are not always provided. A strong reading culture exists throughout the school. Pupils enjoy reading for pleasure and develop the skills to interpret what they read.