Fairlands Primary School


Name Fairlands Primary School
Website http://www.fairlands.herts.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 03 October 2012
Address Pound Avenue, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 3JA
Phone Number 01438351053
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 656 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.2
Academy Sponsor The Claxton Trust
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 18.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 21.8%

Information about this school

The school is larger than the average-sized primary school. Following an extensive building programme, the school has become a three-form entry primary school. The proportion of pupils who are from minority ethnic groups and who speak English as an additional language is broadly average. The proportion of pupils who are supported at school action is above average, although the proportion of pupils who are supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is average. Their needs relate mainly to emotional and behavioural difficulties or speech, language and communication difficulties. The proportion of pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and for whom the school receives additional income (the pupil premium) is above average. There is a breakfast club that is managed by the governing body and was included in this inspection. There is on-site pre-school provision that is not managed by the governing body, so was not part of this inspection. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations of pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. School leaders have established a culture of high expectations and a positive climate for learning in which pupils achieve well, both academically and personally. School leaders and governors have successfully tackled previous weaknesses in teaching through a robust system of performance management. This has led to improvements in pupils’ achievement. Pupils make good progress in reading and mathematics and reach standards that are above average by the end of Year 6. Disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs make similar progress to their classmates as a result of the good support they receive. The quality of teaching has improved, with most being good and an increasing proportion that is outstanding. Staff implement the school’s behaviour policy consistently and pupils feel safe and they behave well. They enjoy working and playing together, reflecting the school’s provision for their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The school provides very good support for the very few pupils who find some aspects of school difficult to manage. It works in close partnership with parents and outside agencies. As a result, exclusions have fallen and most pupils attend school regularly and on time. The Early Years Foundation Stage provides a calm, nurturing environment in which children thrive and flourish. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils do not make as much progress in writing as they do in reading and mathematics. The activities provided for pupils are not always matched well enough to their learning needs.