Detailed below are the main findings from the report published following the Independent Schools Inspectorate’s integrated inspection of Fairfield in March 2016.
The quality of the pupils’ achievements and learning is excellent. Pupils of all ages, needs and abilities are successful in their learning. The school fully meets its aim that individual pupils should thrive academically. Achievement from the EYFS onwards is excellent. The attitudes of pupils to their learning are exemplary. Every pupil is provided with, or has access to, a personal electronic tablet computer enabling them successfully to develop their learning and their use of information and communication technology (ICT). The curricular and extra-curricular provision is excellent with a wide range of opportunities enabling pupils to flourish within and beyond the classroom. The resources for outdoor education, music and sport are outstanding. The quality of teaching is excellent. Pupils with SEND and those needing additional encouragement are extremely well supported and make excellent progress. Marking is often exemplary but in a small number of cases is insufficiently helpful. The more able pupils are appropriately and effectively challenged by most, but not all, of the work set for them.
The quality of pupils’ personal, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent. The personal development of pupils is promoted successfully by the personal, social, health and economic education (PSHEE) programme and through focussed assemblies. The contribution of the arrangements for pastoral care is excellent. Behaviour is exemplary in all years. The anti-bullying policy, which encompasses measures to deal with cyber-bullying, is highly effective. There is an effective school council for upper preparatory school pupils, but no equivalent forum for those in the pre-preparatory school. The contributions of the arrangements for the welfare, health and safety of pupils from the EYFS onwards is excellent. The safeguarding of pupils is given the highest priority. Pupils say that they like being at the school, and parents believe their children to be well cared for, safe and happy.
The governance and the leadership and management of the school are excellent. The school has met successfully all the recommendations of the previous inspection. Governors understand their collective legal responsibilities and discharge these meticulously. Safeguarding throughout the school, including EYFS, is of paramount concern to both governors and the leadership and management. The governors have a clear strategy for the school and they have fully supported an ambitious building project. Since the previous inspection the governors have strongly supported the development of the school in many ways, including new building projects and the creation of an outdoor learning environment. The senior leadership’s perceptive educational vision is set down within a development plan which focuses upon school improvement. Rigorous monitoring of teaching standards and supportive performance management have helped to improve the quality of teaching and learning considerably. Parents are supportive of the school, all it does for their children and the information provided for them about their children. Many parents play an active part in the life of the school