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Diary of a School Governor: Celebrating our Culture, Community and Aspirations

I have been a Governor here for nearly five years. One of the highlights for me is attending the Year 11 Celebration Evening. It is a privilege to watch another cohort of confident and talented young people celebrate their time at Fairfield and look ahead to an exciting future. Each year sets a new record for academic achievement at Fairfield, and I'm confident this year will be no exception. Attainment is obviously a crucial measure by which the school and its staff are judged. However, for most students, parents and the wider community the "how" of our success is at least as important as the "what".   

The school newsletter is packed with community engagement, award nominations, and distinguished visitors to the school reflecting on the maturity, thoughtfulness, confidence and engagement of our pupils. None of this happens by accident and is testament to the skill, vision and dedication of the staff and leaders in our school, and the passion and engagement of our parents and students. Our ethos is lived every day through the individual care, attention, and outstanding pastoral support that allows us to "ensure that each individual has the opportunity to achieve their potential"

As Governors, we have an important role in protecting and promoting the Fairfield values. Our work involves examining everything that goes on at the school, championing success and challenging where improvement is required. We collaborate with our colleagues across the Excalibur Trust team in dealing with the relentless change and financial uncertainties coming from central government.

We are always looking for feedback and suggestions. You can get in touch with us at any time at and we are often around at parents evenings and other school events, so come and say hello! Being a governor is one of the many ways in which you can contribute to our school's success, and if you would like to find out more about the role and work of the team please see the "Becoming a Governor" link on the website.

Alan Gould, FHS Governor


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