Fairlawn Primary School has received a resounding Good judgement in its first Ofsted inspection. The school, which opened nearly three years ago in Fairlawn Road, Montpelier, Bristol, was rated Good in all areas by the education watchdog. Parents, staff, leaders and governors were all praised for their contribution to Fairlawn’s success.
“Good relationships between adults and pupils are evident across the school,” the inspector, Paul Smith, wrote in his report. “Teachers and support staff are very committed to pupils’ care and well-being. Parents and carers are overwhelmingly supportive and happy with the school and its leadership. Leaders and governors are very proud of the school and ensure that everyone works closely as a team.”
Mr Smith judged the school, which has 95 pupils in Reception and Years 1 and 2, to be Good for leadership and management, behaviour and safety of pupils, quality of teaching and learning, achievement of pupils and early years provision. “Since the school’s inception, leaders have demonstrated high expectations of developing a culture of positive learning attitudes throughout the school. The quality of teaching and learning ensures that pupils make good progress.” Children are set ambitious targets, reading is a strength of the school, teachers have good subject knowledge and high expectations, the report said. “Leaders have implemented an interesting and creative curriculum. The pupils are enthused and eager to learn the skills and knowledge being taught.”
Mr Smith highlighted the children’s strong understanding of the school’s values of respect, responsibility, curiosity and resilience. “Staff have a good understanding of the different cultures and heritages of the pupils. As a result, they are able to support all pupils in developing their knowledge of life in modern Britain. “The school engages well with the wider community and participates in local cultural events such as the St Paul’s carnival. This provides pupils with an opportunity to develop their creative skills, as well as developing their understanding of local events and their contribution to society.”
The inspector praised the strong partnership with parents, and their involvement with the school and with their children’s learning. He also noted the “vigilant culture of safeguarding”, which ensured children feel safe and secure.Mr Smith said the next steps for the school would be to develop middle leaders and improve pupils’ problem-solving skills, writing skills and knowledge of phonics. Julie Molesworth, Principal of Fairlawn Primary School, which is part of Venturers’ Trust, sponsored by the Society of Merchant Venturers and the University of Bristol, said everyone at Fairlawn was proud of the inspection outcome. “The children’s well-being is at the heart of everything we do, with a strong sense of partnership between school and family that aims to bring out the very best in every child – I am delighted to see this recognised in the report,” she said. Lesley Freed, Chair of Governors, said: “We are extremely proud of our school community – the children are happy, engaged and eager to learn; and the staff, parents and carers work so hard in everything they do for the school, sharing a commitment to achieve the best possible outcomes for the children. We welcome the development points in the report which will help us on our journey to Outstanding.”