Forest Fields Primary and Nursery School


Name Forest Fields Primary and Nursery School
Website http://www.forestfieldsprimary.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 26 November 2013
Address Stanley Road, Off Berridge Road, Forest Fields, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG7 6GQ
Phone Number 01159156872
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 643 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.5
Local Authority Nottingham
Percentage Free School Meals 24.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 76.8%

Information about this school

Forest Fields Primary is larger than the average-sized primary school. There are two classes in each year group from Nursery to Year 6, apart from the Reception Year and Year 1. The Early Years Foundation Stage children are taught in a separate Nursery unit and three Reception classes. Pupils come from a variety of ethnic backgrounds and nine out of ten speak English as an additional language, with an increasing number at an early stage of learning English in every age group. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported at school action is above average, as is the proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium (additional government funding for certain groups – in this school pupils known to be eligible for free school meals) is higher than average. Forest Fields Primary School meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. In 2013, the governors appointed a new head of Years 5 and 6 and one new teacher started at the school in February, and one in September. Major building work took place in the school over the previous year. There is a breakfast club managed by the governing body.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils achieve well. They join the Nursery with skills that are well below those expected of three-year-olds. They make good progress throughout the school, and by the end of Year 6 standards have risen to match national averages. Teaching is good, and the relationships between staff and pupils are very strong. As a result, pupils learn in a caring environment and are not afraid to take risks in their learning because they know they will be supported. Pupils feel safe in school and behave well. They enjoy school very much, have positive attitudes to their learning and want to do well. The headteacher and her entire team work well together for the good of the pupils. The school’s self-evaluation is accurate and senior leaders and governors know well the strengths as well as the areas for improvement. Senior leaders check the progress pupils make and the quality of teaching carefully, to make sure both are improving well. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Only a small amount of teaching is outstanding. The activities planned for the most able pupils are challenging during the main part of each lesson, but not enough during the introduction to speed up their progress. Teachers sometimes direct pupils too much, rather than encouraging them to be independent and take control of their learning. Pupils do not have regular opportunities to practise their writing skills in different subjects. Leaders in charge of particular subjects or teams of teachers are not yet rigorously checking all aspects of teaching to raise pupils’ achievement even further.