Firfield Primary School


Name Firfield Primary School
Website http://www.firfield.derbyshire.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 19 September 2012
Address Firfield Avenue, Breaston, Derby, Derbyshire, DE72 3EG
Phone Number 01332872216
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 416 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 27.3
Local Authority Derbyshire
Percentage Free School Meals 6.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

Firfield is a much larger-than-average primary school. The vast majority of pupils are White British and the proportion of pupils who are learning English as an additional language is low. The proportion of pupils supported at school action is broadly average but well below average at school action plus and with a statement of educational needs. A well below average proportion of the pupils are eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for children in local authority care and pupils known to be eligible for free school meals. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. Although the breakfast club is managed by the governing body, the onsite after-school club is managed by a private provider and is separately inspected.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Standards in reading, writing and mathematics are above average by the time pupils leave school in Year 6. This shows good progress from when children first start at school in Reception. Teaching is good and this accounts for pupils’ good learning and progress. Teachers make lessons interesting and pupils particularly enjoy the opportunities they have to work together and share their ideas. Pupils behave well in lessons and conduct themselves sensibly around the school. They say they feel safe and well cared for. The school is well led and managed. School leaders including the governing body, have a good understanding of what the school does well and what they need to do next to move the school to outstanding. There has been good improvement since the time of the last inspection as a result of the support and training that has been given to improve the quality of teaching. This better quality of teaching has resulted in improving standards throughout the school and pupils’ good achievement. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Work is not always hard enough for all pupils. Pupils do not have enough opportunities to plan work and think for themselves. Marking does not consistently speed up pupils’ progress.