Fairlawn Primary School

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About Fairlawn Primary School

Name Fairlawn Primary School
Website http://www.fairlawnschoolbristol.org
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Siobhan Lennox-Brown
Address Fairlawn Road, Montpelier, BS6 5JL
Phone Number 01179553914
Phase Academy
Type Academy sponsor led
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 266
Local Authority Bristol, City of
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Fairlawn Primary School continues to be a good school.

The headteacher of this school is Siobhan Lennox-Brown.

This school is part of Venturers Trust, which means other people in the trust also have responsibility for running the school. The trust is run by the interim chief executive officer, David Moran, and overseen by a board of trustees, chaired by Gail Bragg.

What is it like to attend this school?

Fairlawn Primary is a welcoming school, which lies at the heart of the local community.

Relationships between staff and pupils are strong. The school values, which include respect, responsibility and resilience, underpin these positive relationships.

Staff... have high expectations.

Pupils understand why these are important. They attend well and value opportunities to share their learning with others. Pupils are inquisitive about the world around them.

They benefit from opportunities within the classroom and beyond.

Pupils behave well and are proud of the recognition they receive for making good choices about their work or behaviour. The school has a culture of reflection and kindness.

As a result, bullying is rare. When it does occur, pupils know staff will sort it out. Pupils are safe in school.

If they are worried, pupils have a trusted adult to whom they can talk.

Pupils participate in opportunities that nurture their talents and interests. The school provides a wealth of clubs and activities, such as sewing, coding and drama.

Pupils develop confidence and responsibility through taking on leadership roles. For instance, the 'Eco-greening council' cares for the school environment, turning off lights and recycling, for example.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

The school is ambitious that all pupils succeed.

Pupils follow a broad curriculum, which is ordered in a way that supports them to build their knowledge incrementally from Reception to Year 6. The curriculum outlines the important knowledge pupils need to learn. For example, in mathematics, younger pupils develop a secure understanding of number.

This provides the foundation for pupils to go on to understand more complex mathematical ideas as they get older. However, in some foundation subjects, teaching is not well matched to what teachers intend for pupils to learn. This does not support pupils to develop a secure understanding of the key concepts and ideas that will help them later.

In most subjects, teachers use assessment to check what pupils know and remember. For the most part, staff use this information to swiftly support pupils who fall behind to catch up. However, in some subjects, assessment does not identify pupils' misconceptions or highlight when pupils are ready to move on to new learning.

Children in Reception Year make a strong start. There is a sharp focus on language and communication. For example, children enjoy listening to stories and acting them out.

Staff explain the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary. Children learn to read as soon as they start school. Books match the sounds they know.

This supports children to develop confidence in reading. Beyond phonics, pupils develop a love of reading. They read widely and encounter a variety of texts.

Pupils and parents particularly value storytelling and bedtime story events. Pupils regularly make book recommendations to others.

Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are well supported.

The school works closely with parents and external agencies to support pupils' needs. Teachers consider the talents and interests of pupils with SEND and plan the curriculum to develop these. Consequently, pupils with SEND follow the curriculum with success.

The school has carefully considered how best to support pupils' wider development. The curriculum is adapted to respond to pertinent issues, such as those relating to online safety. Pupils know how to look after their mental and physical health and learn how to form healthy relationships with others.

Pupils learn about the rule of law and protected characteristics in a purposeful way. They have a mature understanding of diversity and tolerance and are well prepared for life in modern Britain.

The school has strong links with the local community.

Local people share oral histories of their own memories of growing up in the area. Through experiences such as these, pupils develop a sense of belonging and citizenship. For instance, they actively participate in the preparations for St.

Paul's carnival and take part in the procession.

The trust and the local governing body know the school well. They understand the context of the school and its priorities.

They bring a range of experiences to their roles and provide appropriate challenge and support for school leaders.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In some foundation subjects, the way in which the curriculum is taught does not support pupils to learn the key concepts and ideas that will help them later.

As a result, pupils do not develop a secure understanding of important knowledge. The school needs to ensure that teaching supports pupils to build their subject knowledge successfully over time. ? In some subjects, the school's approach to assessment is not fully developed.

This means that teachers do not form an accurate picture of how successfully pupils have learned the curriculum. The school needs to ensure that the use of assessment identifies exactly what it is that pupils know and remember so that subsequent teaching can be adapted accordingly.


When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called an ungraded inspection, and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the ungraded inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.

This is the first ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good in April 2018.

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