Fairlop Primary School


Name Fairlop Primary School
Website http://www.fairlop.redbridge.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 16 July 2015
Address Colvin Gardens, Hainault, Ilford, Essex, IG6 2LH
Phone Number 02085003857
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 730 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.9
Local Authority Redbridge
Percentage Free School Meals 13.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 64%

Information about this school

Fairlop is an above average-sized primary school. In response to a local need for more school places, the school has created extra classes in Years 3 and 5. Just over two thirds of the pupils belong to minority ethnic groups and just under half of the pupils speak English as an additional language. These proportions are above the national average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is below average. The school’s provision for the early years is based in a Nursery offering 78 part-time places and three Reception classes. All children in Reception attend full time. The proportion of pupils eligible for support through pupil premium funding is just above the national average. This additional government funding is given to schools to support disadvantaged pupils who are eligible for free school meals or who are looked after by a local authority. In 2014, the school met the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of Year 6. Currently, there are five newly qualified teachers.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher, together with skilled and highly committed leaders, managers and governors, has brought about significant improvements within the school since the previous inspection. Governors and school leaders are highly ambitious. They understand the school’s strengths well and quickly tackle any weaknesses in teaching and pupils’ achievement. Consistently positive attitudes in lessons contribute to pupils’ positive learning. Their good reading, writing and mathematics skills prepare them well for the next stage of education. Pupils behave extremely well and are respectful, considerate and polite. They feel safe and exceptionally well cared for by all the staff. Children in the early years achieve extremely well and benefit from the outstanding activities in the Nursery and in the Reception classes. Teaching is consistently good with some that is outstanding. Teachers’ good subject knowledge and high expectations enable pupils to make good progress and achieve well. Other adults make a very effective contribution to pupils’ learning. Consequently, all groups of pupils, including those who are disabled or have special educational needs, make good progress. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent. They have well-developed social skills and a strong sense of right and wrong. The governing body is highly effective in holding leaders to account for the school’s performance. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The most-able pupils, including those who are disadvantaged, are not always challenged sufficiently to achieve higher levels