Northampton special school rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted again

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A special school in Northampton has been rated “outstanding” by Ofsted for the third time in a row.

Fairfields School, in Trinity Avenue, which has pupils aged from three to 18 years old with learning difficulties, autism and physical disabilities, has received the best possible rating in all judgement criteria.

A report of a visit by inspectors last month, published today, states that teaching is “inspirational” and teachers plan creatively to ensure activities are closely tailored to pupil’s capabilities.

The report states: “Behaviour is outstanding. Meticulous care is taken to keep pupils safe and to remove barriers that would otherwise get in their way of learning.

“Pupils’ intimate care and medical needs are met exceptionally well. A rich range of subjects and therapeutic programs successfully contribute to pupils learning and outstanding achievement.”

Inspectors also praised the “exceptionally effective leadership” of the headteacher, other leaders and managers, and the governing body.

Headteacher Corallie Murray, who is retiring at the end of the school year along with her deputy, Becky Steed, said the report was a fantastic way to end her career.

She said: “We are thrilled. It is a much harder Ofsted framework to get rated outstanding.

“I have got an amazing team of teachers, therapists and everyone who works here who commit to giving their very best and achieving their potential.”

Conservative MP for Northampton North, Michael Ellis, said: “This is fantastic news for Fairfields and for all the parents, students and staff. I have been working with the school for several years through my Father Christmas visits and this result comes as no surprise to me.

“Corallie is a wonderful headteacher and the staff always seem so happy and committed. It’s an extraordinary achievement to be rated “outstanding” three times in a row.”