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Primary School Transition

Transition Website

Our students have helped create a fantastic website especially designed to help those students who have recently joined us. Please view it here.

A busy start to the academic year

It’s been a busy term for the Transition team at FHS as we begin our year with our ever-popular transition events! We love opening our doors and welcoming parents, students and the community to see what makes Fairfield so special and to find out for themselves what all the fuss is about.

We started off the transition program with our Open Evening where 269 families were enjoying numerous activities and learning about the school. These included observing flame test demonstrations in the science department, competing against our students in badminton in the PE department, enjoying samples of the food on offer from the canteen and enjoying a high energy performance from our GCSE dance students.

Careers and Employability Coordinator Kelly Thomas said: “There was such a buzz throughout the evening with lots of departments showcasing their subjects with the help of our fantastic students. We really do have so much to offer here at FHS.” Our Sports Hall was also filled with parents listening to the Principal’s talk where, not only did they get a chance to hear about the ethos and vision of FHS from our Principal Mr Lewis, but also had the opportunity to ask our Year 7 students and prefects questions in our student Q and A session – a real insight into the students’ views of our school.

Over four days we also welcomed over 1,000 people into our Fairfield family during our Open Mornings where parents enjoyed tours of the school led by our enthusiastic Year 10 students. This was a fantastic opportunity to see FHS during a typical school day as tours took place during lesson times. Parents commented on the calm atmosphere of the school and how engaged the students were in their lessons. One commented “I really enjoyed the visit. The school seems to have a great ethos and purpose. Classes witnessed were calm and focused. Children looked happy learners.”

In addition, September saw the launch of our first Magic Morning of the year (formerly Golden Ticket Days), where Year 5 and 6 students had the opportunity to take part in real FHS lessons, meet the teachers and other students who are considering coming to Fairfield. During our first Magic Morning, students enjoyed learning about safety and chemical reactions with Dr Ross where they learnt how to set up a real Bunsen burner and burn magnesium creating a bright white light. One student from Ashley Down Primary School said “I loved burning the magnesium – it looked so cool!”.

They also took part in an English lesson with Miss Williams where students analysed the behaviour of well-known villains and wrote about their character and their fatal flaws. One student commented “I wish the morning could have been longer! I loved writing about Voldemort and thinking about his character.”

If you would like any more information about our transition events or to book onto a future Magic Morning, please email

Magic Mornings (formerly Golden Ticket Days)

We have a number of Magic Mornings for Year 5 and 6 students in the forthcoming year. We warmly welcome primary school students to join us for a morning to see for themselves what all the fuss is about. Please note that the aim of Magic Mornings are to give young people a secondary school experience - there is by no means any guarantee that those attending will be enrolled at FHS. It is open to all young people in Bristol, regardless of whether they are or are not in the FHS catchment area.

The dates of forthcoming Magic Mornings are as follows:

Tuesday 22nd January 2019 - FULLY BOOKED

Tuesday 5th March 2019

Thursday 23rd May 2019

Please contact our Transition Co-ordinator Natalie Thompson via to book a place on one of these Magic Mornings. We ask that you provide your child's name, primary school and year, emergency contact number for the day plus any medical or SEN issues that we need to be aware of.

On your selected day, please drop your child off at FHS reception for 9:00am in full school uniform and with a pencil case. They are to be collected at 11:00am and then can return to primary school. If your child is to be collected by somebody else, please provide their name in advance.

Please see below feedback about what the young people enjoyed best:

March 2018 event:

'I liked how all of the teachers are really friendly and have fun and exciting lessons.'

'I liked all of it but I enjoyed the languages (German) with Mrs Barnes.'

'I enjoyed the music and German because I learnt something new.'

'I liked how they were interactive fun and funny. I really enjoyed it here. Everyone was friendly and kind.'

December 2017 event:

"I loved the music lesson. It really taught me some cool rhythms."

"FHS has more variety than other schools, and it has more of a warm feeling."

"I liked the science lesson when we had to burn the stick and metal with fire. I also liked doing the African Drumming."

"I enjoyed everything! It was very fun and especially liked when we were lighting the fire!"

"FHS seems like a nice school and all the teachers are really kind."

"I love how nice everyone is, and that all of the teachers/staff are very supportive."

"I really liked lighting the magnesium and making a light. I also liked making a polyrhythm in music."

Success from Day One

The move to secondary school means many changes for children - so we make every effort to know and understand the needs of individuals to try to ensure a seamless transition. FHS is unique in offering a specialist Transition Team to help students make a positive transfer from primary school. Our Achievement Coordinator, Ms Edel Cronin, meets children in Year 6 and stays with them throughout Year 7. Our team of staff are therefore experienced in dealing with the unique challenges that the first year of secondary school brings. Primaries identify young people who may struggle with transition for our Stepping Up programme.

All prospective students are invited to come in and meet their tutor group in the summer term during our Year 6 induction programme. Those coming from primaries with only one or two others are invited to a special games event to meet other students who are in the same position. We also run clubs in the summer term for primary students. In addition we facilitate a popular one week summer school, where places are offered on a first come, first served basis to those who have accepted a place with us for the coming academic year. 
Our work with future students continues all year. We run outreach activities with Year 4 and Year 5 children and our Year 7 students visit partner primary schools. Our renowned Golden Ticket experiences give Year 5 & 6 students the opportunity to experience FHS for a day. Every child coming into our school is recognised as an individual. We want them to leave Year 7 as happy, successful and engaged young people - ready for the rest of their school careers.
Transition Activities

Our aim is for all students who start in Year 7 to feel happy and confident in their new school. 

Induction Day

All Year 6 are invited to come for a day to experience their new school and meet their tutor group

Doubles and Singles Picnic

Many of our students come from primaries with only 1 or 2 other young people. These students are invited to a special picnic in July to meet other students who are in the same position.

Primary Visits

We will come and visit our new students in their Year 6 class – and make sure that all questions are answered before the summer break.

Over the Holidays…

Summer School

Students are invited to spend some time during the summer holidays getting to know their new classmates and having some fun! We run a week of outward bounds activities and a more traditional summer school programme with music, drama, PE, cookery and art.

When they get here…

Specialist Transition Team and Achievement Co-ordinator

The first year of secondary school throws up its own unique challenges – therefore we have a specialist ‘Transition’ Achievement Coordinator that stays with our youngest students, and ensures their success into school.

Pastoral Support

Students can access a support worker every break and lunchtime. If students are struggling with school they may be referred for extra pastoral support or mentoring.

Text Now Literacy Project

Students identified as having difficulties with reading at primary will be paired with some of our brilliant prefects as part of a Pilot literacy programme.

Tree Planting

Parents/carers are invited to attend a symbolic tree planting by Year 7 tutor groups during the first two Fridays of the school year. 

Student Mentoring

Year 8 and Year 11 students mentor the new Year 7s to make sure that we avoid the traditional ‘Year 7 dip’ in literacy, numeracy, and socially.

Principal Tea with students


Year 7 students will be invited to 'Principal's Tea', which gives a unique opportunity for Mr Lewis to get to know each and every student.

If you would like to discuss how we can help your child with a specific learning need please contact our SENCO, James Barnes:

Feel free to email with any queries you may have.


If a parent requires a paper copy of the information on the school's website, please contact us and this will be provided free of charge