Thumbs up for Felixstowe school

A FELIXSTOWE school is celebrating after government inspectors rated all aspects of its care and teaching of its pupils as good and outstanding.Fairfield Infants, High Road West, was praised for its teaching standards, exceptional behaviour of its pupils, and the excellent leadership from its head and management team.

A FELIXSTOWE school is celebrating after government inspectors rated all aspects of its care and teaching of its pupils as good and outstanding.

Fairfield Infants, High Road West, was praised for its teaching standards, exceptional behaviour of its pupils, and the excellent leadership from its head and management team.

Ofsted inspector Godfrey Bancroft visited the school last month to make his assessment, rating the overall effectiveness of the school, its achievements and standards, personal development and wellbeing of the pupils, teaching and learning, curriculum, care, guidance and support, leadership and management as grade one or grade two.

“Pupils' personal development and well-being are exceptional and are based on the outstanding care, guidance and support they receive,” he said.

“Pupils certainly enjoy their learning at Fairfield and behave exceptionally well because there are very effective management strategies in place.

“Teaching and learning are good. Teaching meets the needs of the full range of abilities in each class well. Relationships between teachers and pupils are exceptional, helping pupils to become increasingly confident learners.”

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There was also strong praise for pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, which was described as outstanding with assemblies, art and design, and music all playing a leading role.”

Headteacher Jane Reed said: “This is an exceptional Ofsted report and confirms what we already knew.

“It is a testament of the dedication and commitment of the staff and governors and the hard work that we do.

“There's a great team spirit at Fairfield, it's a very happy place where the care and well being of children comes first.

“Nothing is of greater importance - it is only when children feel cared for, guided and supported that learning takes place. I'm honoured to be part of the Fairfield team.”

This week the children have been taking part in a Jump Rope for Heart event, raising funds for the British Heart Foundation as well as emphasising to the children the importance of keeping fit and a healthy and active lifestyle.

What do you think of the teaching at Fairfield? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk

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