Fairways Primary School

Name Fairways Primary School
Website http://www.fairways.southend.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 10 October 2012
Address The Fairway, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 4QW
Phone Number 01702525693
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 431 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.2
Local Authority Southend-on-Sea
Percentage Free School Meals 8.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3%
Persisitent Absence 3.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 3.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is larger than average. The very large majority of the pupils are White British. The proportions of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds and of those who speak English as an additional language are below national averages. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is below the national average, as is the proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs. The school contains a specially resourced provision for special educational needs. This 15-place speech and language resource base caters for pupils with language disorders or significant language delay. The proportion of pupils who are known to be eligible for additional income provided to the school (the pupil premium) is below the national average. A nursery and pre-school share the school site, as well as an after-school club. These facilities are not managed by the school’s governing body, and were not included in the inspection. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Children make a good start to their school careers in the Reception classes. Pupils make good progress in all key stages because teaching is typically good and sometimes outstanding. Attainment is rising in all subjects as a result. Disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs, including pupils in the high-quality speech and language base, thrive thanks to good, supportive relationships between pupils and with adults. Pupils are well behaved. They say they feel safe, and their parents and carers agree. Attendance is above average. The school is led and managed well, and the roles played by teachers in charge of subject areas are developing to ensure further improvement. Governors are knowledgeable about the school. They provide a good level of support while continually checking its performance. Pupils benefit from a good range of opportunities to develop their spiritual, moral, social and cultural skills. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Lesson activities are not always sufficiently demanding, or include enough tasks for pupils to do on their own, to encourage pupils to reach the highest levels in their work. The way teachers check and mark pupils’ work is good, but does not always link closely to pupils’ targets by showing them how to reach the next steps in their learning. Also, staff do not use the results of these checks well enough to fine-tune pupils’ targets and thereby ensure that progress rates continue to rise quickly.