DISABLED pupils in Batley love their school so much they don’t want to leave, inspectors found.
Fairfield School, on White Lee Road, maintained its ‘good’ rating by Ofsted last month.
Inspectors hailed the caring atmosphere that parents described as an ‘oasis of calm’ for their special needs children.
Pupils value that support so much they told assessors they wish they could stay at Fairfield forever. They also make strong progress academically, despite the report noting many have severe and multiple learning difficulties.
About 60 per cent of pupils are of Asian origin, and the number who speak English as a second language is therefore well above average – as is the number eligible for free school meals and the pupil premium.
But Ofsted found this does not stop pupils making progress. They noted the following strengths:
• Teaching is good and sometimes outstanding;
• Early Years and Key Stage 1 progress is good and sometimes outstanding;
• Leaders have high expectations of everyone;
• The governing body makes an excellent contribution.
Pupils are below the level expected of children with similar disabilities when they enter the school. But they leave having made good progress in literacy and numeracy when compared to others with similar conditions.
Issues such as not checking data against national targets often enough stopped Fairfield being rated outstanding.
Attendance could also be better, progress can be inconsistent and some lessons are not demanding enough, the report said.