Fairway Primary School

Name Fairway Primary School
Website http://www.fairway.stockport.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 28 November 2013
Address The Fairway, Offerton, Stockport, Cheshire, SK2 5DR
Phone Number 01614831873
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 241 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.5
Local Authority Stockport
Percentage Free School Meals 12.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.1%
Persisitent Absence 5.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 16.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This school is a slightly smaller than average sized primary school. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is below average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for pupil premium funding is below average. The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, children whose parents are in the armed forces and those children who are looked after by the local authority. There are far fewer pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds than average, while the proportion of pupils speaking English as an additional language is well-below average. The school meets the government’s current floor targets, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Achievement is good and accelerated progress is increasingly seen in many areas of the school. As a result, standards at the end of Year 6 are above average. Almost all teaching is good and some is outstanding. Teachers know their pupils well. They are knowledgeable, plan lessons carefully, explain things clearly and manage their classes well. Support staff provide effective guidance and help for pupils because they work successfully in partnership with teaching staff. The school provides a calm, caring and purposeful atmosphere for learning. Behaviour is good. Pupils have good attitudes to their learning and work together well. Pupils say they feel safe in school and are cared for well. Parents unanimously agree that this is so. The headteacher and deputy headteacher form a strong team. Together their quest for excellence has been instrumental in improving teaching and raising standards. Governors are well informed and provide support and challenge in equal measure. This ensures the school is very well placed to move forward. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Although teaching is good, it is not yet outstanding. Pupils are not always sufficiently involved in checking their own and others’ learning against agreed criteria. Pupils’ achievement in mathematics is not as strong as in reading and writing, particularly at the higher levels. They do not always have enough opportunity to apply their skills in mathematics to solve problems or in other areas of the curriculum. Some subject leaders do not have a thorough knowledge of achievement in their subjects because their monitoring role is not yet firmly embedded.