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House System and Prefects


The House System plays a key role in communicating and modelling Fairfield’s ethos and culture. It provides each member of our community with a sense of belonging. Each student is placed in one of four houses–currently named by our students after inspirational and creative Bristolians–and is supported by a well-balanced programme of competitions and activities led by our Heads of House, House Systems Manager and student leaders.

The aim of the House System is to provide students with personal development opportunities such as working together to benefit the school community, select charities, and their local community. House members are encouraged to think creatively, critically and collaboratively to enact their ideas and goals.

Competitions and events take place throughout the year and include inter-house competitions, Sports Day and Core Skills Day. Achievement Points are awarded to students for excellent behaviour and participation. A trophy is awarded termly to the House which earns the most Achievement Points. Recognition and incentives are provided by the school and our community partners. Do let us know if you’d like to contribute a prize or reward opportunity.

Our two Head Students, Prefects, House Captains and Sports Captains are selected by application and interview from among our senior students. They have a role within the school to lead, mentor and help the Fairfield community. Tutor Representatives (Years 7-11) are democratically elected by their fellow tutees to represent their tutor groups’ concerns and ideas to their House Captains who meet with other student leaders at regular Student Council meetings.

The house names for this academic year are as follows:


The Head of Emerald House Miss Ayre: "It’s important that students feel a part of the school community. This creates a sense of teamwork; allowing students to be expressive and then take an active role in the opportunities available to them." Email


The Head of Sapphire House Miss Thompson: "I want to make school and rewards even more enjoyable for students. I love the competitive element of the House System and generating excitement and energy from the students." Email


The Head of Amethyst House Ms Gibbons: "I’m passionate about the students in this school and want to contribute to our strong, happy, cohesive community." Email


The Head of Ruby House Miss Thornton. Email

Our House System Manager is Mr Warner-Meanwell"Everyone in the Fairfield community—students, staff, and heads—is a member of a house. Each lesson, weekly House Sessions, regular assemblies, a robust Student Council, and frequent activities is an opportunity for individuals and groups to contribute and to be acknowledged for their accomplishments."



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