Mayfield Primary School

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About Mayfield Primary School

Name Mayfield Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs P Ayliffe & Mrs S Stepney
Address Warwick Road, Cambridge, CB4 3HN
Phone Number 01223712127
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 404
Local Authority Cambridgeshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Mayfield Primary School continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils at this large, diverse primary school are happy and safe. Pupils from the on-site deaf support centre are well integrated into school life.

Other pupils benefit from their inclusion, including by learning some signing (British Sign Language) and the appreciation of diversity. There is a strong feeling of teamwork among staff, pupils and parents.

Pupils enjoy the varied learning opportunities provided for them.

The local environment, including museums and university facilities, is used regularly to supplement and reinforce learning in the classroom. Outdoor learning... opportunities are included for all. Pupils appreciate this variety, which helps them to understand what they have been taught.

Parents are overwhelmingly positive about the school's wide enrichment offer.

Pupils achieve well. Staff have high expectations for pupils, particularly those needing additional support.

Pupils benefit from an ambitious curriculum, although in a few subjects the work provided does not always closely match their needs.

Pupils behave well in and around the school. They work well together and support one another.

Pupils are tolerant and accepting of individual needs. Relationships between adults and pupils are respectful and supportive.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Leaders have embedded a well-planned curriculum, which is led by knowledgeable and skilled subject leaders.

Teachers are well trained in the subjects they teach. This ensures they provide the appropriate resources that help pupils to remember what they have been taught. For example, in mathematics, fluency and mastery are practised.

Mathematics vocabulary is promoted at every opportunity. A topic-based approach to other subjects, such as history, maintains and develops pupils' interests and engagement.These topics build on pupils' prior learning and make effective links between subjects that help pupils develop a sound understanding.

In the main, assessment is used well to establish what pupils already know and can do. However, this is not always the case. Sometimes, teachers are not aware of pupils' specific starting points.

When this happens, pupils do not move on to learning more challenging content or knowledge when they are ready to do so. Sometimes, pupils must wait for others to catch up before moving on to learn more-complex concepts. This means pupils sometimes do not learn the most ambitious aspects of the curriculum when they should.

Children make a strong start in the early years. Adults carefully plan engaging activities that develop children's curiosity and independence. Adults are knowledgeable in choosing the best methods to ensure children are well prepared for key stage 1.

The extensive outdoor area is well designed and used effectively to make sure that children enjoy and engage well with learning.

Reading has a strong focus at Mayfield. Phonics is taught daily.

Children in Reception learn the basics needed for reading well. Phonics and early reading continue in Year 1 and beyond until pupils are confident and fluent readers. Any pupil falling behind and needing extra support is quickly identified and gets skilled, daily interventions.

This ensures that they catch up quickly. Reading for pleasure is promoted. High-quality texts are widely available in 'reading spines' chosen for each year group.

Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are identified early, supported appropriately, and achieve well. Pupils with SEND learn the full curriculum. Teachers adapt learning appropriately to support pupils with SEND when this is needed.

Pupils with SEND are fully included in all activities.

Leaders have established a calm and orderly environment. Pupils' behaviour is good, both in lessons and at breaktimes.

Routines and expectations are well established, starting in the early years. Low-level disruption is rare and dealt with quickly when it happens. Pupils know and understand what bullying is and know how to respond or escalate concerns when necessary.

They are confident that adults will listen and support them.

Beyond the taught curriculum, a broad range of opportunities are provided for all. These include sporting, musical, cultural and community clubs, and residential projects.

Pupils speak animatedly about these activities, such as a visit to King's College Chapel to hear the choir rehearse, and a research project working with a university. These activities are well attended and broaden pupils' horizons.

Leaders consider staff workload carefully.

Leaders listen to and act on staff views. There is a strong team ethos exemplified by one staff member who said, 'We are all equal – all in it together.'


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Staff are vigilant and swift to identify pupils at risk of harm. They are confident to follow the school's policies and procedures. Child protection is led by a knowledgeable team of leaders who know their pupils and families well.

Leaders liaise effectively with other safeguarding agencies and partners where necessary.

Leaders and governors ensure that safe recruitment practices and robust record-keeping are in place. Leaders' and governors' rigorous monitoring of systems ensure pupils are kept safe.

They ensure policies and procedures follow the latest guidance. Pupils learn about keeping safe, including when online, and where to seek help if needed.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Occasionally, teachers do not use assessment to identify when pupils are ready to learn more-complex knowledge or challenging content.

This means some pupils who demonstrate secure prior knowledge are not able to extend their learning when they are ready to do so, which slows their progress. Leaders need to ensure that staff use assessment effectively to support all pupils to move on to learn more ambitious content as soon as they are ready to do so.


When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called an ungraded inspection, and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.

Usually, this is within one to two years of the date of the ungraded inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.

This is the first ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good in March 2017.

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