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A round up of a busy first term

Welcome to the first newsletter of the school year. I would particularly like to welcome our new students and their parents/carers to the “Fairfield Family”. It was lovely to see many of you at the tree planting ceremony and I look forward to seeing the fruits of our labours in years to come. I will be meeting all of the Year 7 students individually across the year in Principals Teas – a great way of hearing how to improve the school. Our newsletter is a vital way of keeping you informed about what is happening at Fairfield, as is our official Facebook page which can easily be found via our website or by searching for 'Fairfield High School – FHS' within Facebook.

We have just had our highest ever attendances at our open events – with over 1,000 people through the doors to consider Fairfield as 1st choice. As in previous years, visitors always comment on our students and how well they are able to confidently talk about their experiences with us. Our greatest ambassadors are our students and they do a fantastic job of representing the school.

As well as welcoming new visitors to Fairfield, we have also welcomed many people to V6, our co-educational sixth form partnership with Colston’s Girls’ School based locally on Cheltenham Road. We have strived for many years to provide a post 16 option for Fairfield students and are delighted that our Year 11 students now have the chance to continue to flourish with Fairfield at V6.

At this point, I would like to congratulate all the staff and recent Y11 leavers for the great results again this summer. It is reassuring to see that, even at a time of great exam reform and the introduction of tougher GCSEs, we are able to perform better than many schools nationally. The progress our students make is higher than many other schools and for me, progress is a measure of how well the students learn. Results like this don’t happen overnight and reflect a lot of hard work and skill by staff as well as students, so its pleasing that both our Maths and Science departments have had their skills recognised by the Princes Teaching Institute. Both faculties have been awarded the Teaching Excellence Mark.

Results are just one aspect of what makes Fairfield a wonderful school and I am always hearted by the tremendous charity work our students and staff undertake. We have raised huge amounts of money for both CLIC Sargent and Macmillan Cancer support via our House System this term by organising events such a giant “Bake Off” between the Houses. Students have also helped create a highly praised anti bullying film that has achieved national exposure as part of anti-bullying week.  At a school wide level, we will be increasingly turning our attention towards tackling sexism which, at its worst, is recognised for being both abusive and damaging to all involved. We will be playing our part in altering how future generations think about the issue.

Speaking of future generations, in response to a large number of students aspiring to become midwives or work in the Early Years setting, we will shortly be offering a brand new Child Development course. For this, we are in desperate need of pre-loved and unwanted baby equipment and/or toys to help facilitate students’ learning. If you can help, please contact Kelly Thomas on kthomas@fairfield.excalibur.org.uk.

Finally, it’s always a privilege to speak about former students and their successes. We have recently hosted a visit from Michele Curtis, founder of the “Seven Saints of St Paul’s” initiative, details of which you can read below.

Wishing you all a very productive but restful half term.

 

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