|Name||Fairview Community Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||03 June 2015|
|Address||Drewery Drive, Wigmore, Gillingham, Kent, ME8 0NU|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||678 (47% boys 53% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||27.6|
|Percentage Free School Meals||5%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||3.5%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||9.6%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
Fairview is much larger than the average-sized primary school. It has three classes in each year group, as well as part-time Nursery provision which children attend either in the morning or the afternoon. Reception children attend full time. Most pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is below average, as is the proportion who speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils who are known to be eligible for the pupil premium is well below average. This includes pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those who are looked after. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is average. Just over a third of these pupils have speech, language and communication difficulties. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school offers a breakfast and after-school club which is run by an external provider and was not part of this inspection. The number of pupils who join the school during the course of a school year has increased. During the last academic year, 22 additional pupils joined existing classes and, to date, 22 have joined in the current year. The school is currently oversubscribed. The school has had a number of staff changes since the last inspection. There have been recent changes in the Year 3 classes and the nursery, and some middle leaders are relatively new in post. Fairview works in close collaboration with a local consortium of primary schools and has formed a working partnership with Sir William Burrough Primary School in Tower Hamlets.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Pupils make good progress across the school because teachers plan work that challenges pupils and makes them think for themselves. All groups of pupils achieve well. Leaders and managers have robust systems for checking pupils’ progress. They identify any pupils at risk of underachieving and organise additional support promptly to help them overcome difficulties. Teaching has improved considerably since the last inspection as a result of effective training and opportunities to observe outstanding practice. Rigorous monitoring enables senior leaders to tailor training to individual needs. Children in the early years achieve well. They develop good reading, writing and number skills and become confident learners. Pupils enjoy school and work hard. They show respect for each other and adults and participate in all activities with enthusiasm. The school’s procedures for keeping pupils safe are exemplary. Pupils say they feel very safe and parents expressed no concerns whatsoever. The governing body is very knowledgeable about the school and works closely with school leaders to ensure that teaching and achievement are good and are continuing to improve. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is a significant strength because it lies at the heart of the school’s work. Pupils benefit from a wide range of experiences beyond the day-to-day curriculum that enriches all aspects of their personal development. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There are a few inconsistencies between classes in the way teachers mark pupils’ work. Teachers do not always give pupils enough time to correct errors and follow up the advice given. Some pupils do not develop a neat handwriting style soon enough. Some struggle to hold a pencil correctly. Teachers do not always ensure that pupils present their work neatly.