Peterchurch, Herefordshire, HR2 0SG
"A forward-looking school with traditional values"
We are proud to show you our outstanding school in the depths of rural Herefordshire, complete with students, adults and animals. One of the very smallest schools in Britain and one of the very best if Ofsted, exam results and league tables, parents and students are anything to go by. Small schools can provide a completely rounded experience and a full range of opportunities - social, creative, sporting, as well as superb exam results. It requires dedication, vision, commitment and energy and a mutual respect and purpose among everyone who works and studies at the school.
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about the whole Fairfield experience.
As a school we are committed to supporting local, national and international charities and the work they do. As ever, there will be a variety of charity days and projects over the coming year at Fairfield. The first was the ‘Macmillan Coffee Morning’ on Friday 26th September.
The non-uniform money and the cake money - totalling £650 - will be sent directly to Macmillan. The clothes bank collection will be sent to a number of different charities chosen by our students.
Fairfield students in KS3 were recently fortunate enough to be part of a wonderful afternoon of entertainment provided by a troupe of Maasai Warriors invited into school. The Warriors explained how the tour raised money for their families at home and their performance included dancing, singing, jumping and anecdotes. A great time was had by all.
On Friday 3rd October ‘Career Crowd’ came to work with Year 10 students as part of a National Careers Tour across the UK. This is an exciting partnership between MyKindaCrowd, Not Going to Uni, National Careers Service, National Apprenticeship Service and the amazing Suli Breaks, to inspire post 16 choices.
The workshop saw groups voting on choices and gathering information about what is on offer after they finish Fairfield, before creating a ‘crew’ and producing a rap about their chosen option.
‘I was thoroughly impressed by how creative the students were and it was a genuine pleasure to work with a talented and motivated group who already, at such a young age, seem to have a clear knowledge in which career path might be most suitable for them.’ (Simon - workshop leader, Career Crowd)
Full-time main scale teacher of Computer Science (adoption leave cover) to start as soon as possible.
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The new Prospectus is now available from this link.
D of E
37 yr 11 students have been busy completing their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award and have recently taken part in their practice expedition that was supported by school staff and Longtown Outdoor Education Centre.
Students not going on the visit to Ypres are following a special timetable; a copy of the information sent home can be found here.
NB - The Belgian soldier is not one of ours!
Day 4 saw Fairfield students and staff visiting the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach - another humbling experience for us all. On the way to Mont St Michel we stopped off at the Isigny toffee factory where we were able to each enjoy a delicious 'dégustation' - with many of us purchasing toffees to take home. Mont St Michel was an unforgettable experience with beautiful views and a fascinating history. Tonight we are making pizzas - and last night we enjoyed 'tapenade d'escargots' and 'escargots à l'ail'. Génial!
The new Calendar is available online from here and from the links in the sidebar.
Fairfield was celebrating success again this year after 80% of students gained five A*-C passes at GCSE, with 73% achieving five A*-C passes including English and Maths. 45% of students gained the coveted English Baccalaureate suite of subjects, which is critical for entry to the top universities later on. Many subjects achieved 100% pass rates (Grade C or above) including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, Photography, Product Design and Textiles, with several others ensuring more than 90% of their entrants gained the top grades.
A third of all students gained three or more A* or A grades, whilst 13% achieved eight or more A* and A grades.
Head Teacher Sue Gaston congratulated all the staff and students for their hard work and added: “We are particularly pleased that every one of our students has been offered a place either to study at one of the colleges or to complete work-based training. At Fairfield we remain committed to ensuring that all our students have the opportunity to study a wide range of courses so that they have plenty of options post 16 and can go on to achieve in a variety of areas, both academic and vocational”.
In the autumn all students and their parents and carers will receive an invitation to join us for Presentation Evening when we look forward to celebrating students’ time at Fairfield and formally present GCSE certificates and school awards. Further details about Presentation Evening will be sent home in October.
Ofsted came and saw and reported. Above is their summary and here is the full report. Chair of Governors, Paula James, writes:
The new Ofsted framework is considerably tougher than those applied previously and Oustanding outcomes are not given lightly.
Congratulations are due to everyone associated with the school: the staff - teaching and non-teaching, the senior management team, the students, parents, governors, but above all, the head teacher, Mrs Gaston. Ofsted says: "The headteacher's strong and clear-sighted leadership is the main driving force behind the school's continuing success". This is high praise which the governors know to be fully justified.
Read Mrs James' full letter here.
Our students are VERY generous! Here are some of the details of last school year's giving -
North Weir Charity £300
Concern Universal £300
Changing Faces £400
LEUKA (in memory of Rachel Davies) £200
Concern Worldwide £300
Operational Blessing £300
St Michael's Hospice £200
Cystic Fibrosis £200
WWYL day money raised
Megan Baker House £173.50
St John Ambulance £173.50
Children in Need £143.14
Amazing totals - especially for such a tiny school!
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We have a Twitter feed where we put new
information - and especially URGENT information - on a regular basis. If you
already use Twitter, just follow
us and you will receive the latest news from school. If you don't yet
participate, here's a good place to start! As with the web in general, there is a
HUGE amount of rubbish on Twitter but, if you selectively follow the right people
and organizations (such as Josie
Pearson, Open Culture, some
of the many BBC feeds and Hay Festival for example) you are kept up
to date with interesting developments in news and ideas. You may wish to find out
more about a particular topic by searching for it or you may be tempted to follow
some of the "Trending" topics which the majority of people are following at any
one time. Of course, if you have a phone which has friendstreams or widgets for
sites like this, you need never miss a thing - but we would recommend five
minutes a day catch-up as enough!
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"This is an outstanding school. At its last inspection, it was outstanding in all main categories. Since then it has significantly improved not just in respect of the areas for development identified in that inspection but also in terms of major developments to its educational provision for pupils and in the response that these have generated." - OfSTED