High Peak school’s journey to good after Ofsted visit

Pupils from Fairfield Endowed celebrate thier recent Ofsted report and are now on a journey to good
Pupils from Fairfield Endowed celebrate thier recent Ofsted report and are now on a journey to good

A school which ‘requires improvement’ says it is on a journey to a good rating.

Fairfield Endowed Juniors has been visited by education watchdog Ofsted and the school has once again been rated as requires improvement - the second lowest rating.

Inspector Stephanie Innes-Taylor said: “The quality of teaching and learning varies too much and pupils are often not challenged to extend their thinking and deepen their understanding.

“The school has not successfully tackled all of the areas for improvement identified at the time of the last inspection.”

It was noted that some changes had been made but were too recent to have a positive effect. Ms Innes-Taylor said: “Teachers’ knowledge of phonics is limited. This means that lower-attaining pupils do not catch up with other pupils quickly enough.

“However, the headteacher, with the support of the governing body, leads the school well. She has skilfully guided and developed a leadership team focused on securing continued improvement.”

The report stated pupils’ welfare is a ‘strength of the school’ and staff work hard to support families and keep pupils safe.

To further improve the school must now ‘accurately identify next steps in pupils’ learning, so that work is more closely matched to pupils’ abilities’.

Headteacher Jayne Mercer said: “I believe that most people in the area now have a very positive view of our fantastic school which we are very proud of, and we are continuing on our journey to good.

“We have been commended for developing the behaviour and welfare of pupils, as well as leadership and management.”