Fairfield School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary & Secondary
Post 16
Special school
PUPILS
124
AGES
4 - 19
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
Foundation special school

How Does The School Perform?

4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.08
Ofsted Inspection
(10/11/16)
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90%
NATIONAL AVG. 93%
Happiness Rating
6.2:1
NATIONAL AVG. 20.7:1
Pupil/Teacher ratio
45.2%
NATIONAL AVG. 8.2%
Persistent Absence
62.1%
NATIONAL AVG. 20.9%
Pupils first language
not English
46.5%
NATIONAL AVG. 20.8%
Free school meals
White Lee Road
Batley
WF17 8AS
01924326103

School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. Since you took up the post of acting headteacher in April 2016 you have very quickly established yourself as a highly effective leader. The support you have received from the national leader of education (NLE) has assisted you to move the school forward at a fast pace. The leadership of the school has been through a period of instability. Upon your arrival, you very quickly identified the existing strengths within the school and began to build on them. You also recognised areas in need of improvement equally quickly and began to address them with speed. This measured approach has already led to important changes being made in the way the school operates and these have been received favourably by pupils, staff and parents. Members of staff share your vision and unrelenting ambition to move the school even further forward. They are particularly appreciative of the improvements you have made to systems for monitoring their performance. They say they feel valued, appreciated and listened to, and are keen to take on new roles and areas of responsibility. While some governors are new to post, all expressed the view that you have brought stability to the leadership of the school and have begun to unite the different departments within the school. This view was echoed by members of staff, who commented that the school now has a ‘truly whole-school feeling’. The introduction of mathematics and English coordinators has helped drive up standards across the school. Parents we spoke to commented that your appointment was like ‘a breath of fresh air’. They also said they feel their children are making good progress and are very well cared for when at school. Pupils also agreed that staff make school fun and learning interesting. The previous inspection report asks the school to increase the percentage of outstanding achievement, particularly for older pupils in mathematics. The work of the new mathematics coordinator has improved the quality of teaching in mathematics and, consequently, a larger proportion of pupils are now making accelerated progress. A further recommendation was to increase pupils’ attendance by ensuring that parents, pupils and staff are aware of the link between pupils’ progress and regular attendance. Parents and staff praised the tactful but tenacious approach taken by the family liaison officer. The steady rise in pupils’ overall attendance over the last year is evidence of her success. You acknowledge that in the recent past the school has undergone some staffing difficulties. At the time of this inspection many staff were relatively new to the school. However, the high quality of staff training that you have provided made it difficult for the inspection team to identify those new to post, as the teamwork observed was so effective. Despite the short length of time in post, leaders have secured good teaching and this has led to improving outcomes for pupils across the school. Assessment is used effectively by many staff to plan the next steps pupils need to take. Leaders are aware that there are further issues they need to address. For example, systems currently in place for checking the progress pupils make need further refinement. This is so that the information can be used to support pupils more accurately and accelerate progress in all areas of the curriculum. Safeguarding is effective. You have ensured that pupils have a safe and secure environment by promoting a clear culture of safeguarding throughout the school. Members of staff new to the school affirm that the training they receive is thorough and comprehensive. The senior leadership team and governors have ensured that all safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose and that records are detailed and of high quality. Staff and parents agree that safeguarding has a very high priority within the school. The close working partnership between the deputy headteacher and the family welfare and liaison officer has ensured that record-keeping is well organised and effective. Their good knowledge and understanding of safeguarding requirements, coupled with their regular attention to local information, has enabled them to provide regular updates to all staff.

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