Peterchurch, Herefordshire, HR2 0SG

"A forward-looking school with traditional values"


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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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Merry Christmas, everyone

Merry Christmas, everyone


Read your copy of the Christmas Newsletter here.


Herefordshire Young Carer School Awards -
Best School

VH receiving award

Miss Vicki Harold receives the Overall Winner Award from Jamie Richards, Simtech-IT and Susan Brace, Herefordshire Young Carers Link Worker.

The Overall Winner was Fairfield High School who were nominated by Young Carers, with particular mention going to Miss Vicki Harold who “has been there from the start and made my life at school and home better”.

This was the first year of Herefordshire Young Carer School Awards and Herefordshire Carers Support introduced them as their similar award scheme for GPs has been so successful. They wanted a way to recognise and reward those schools who are supporting Young Carers and referring them to HCS and hope that this will encourage other schools to follow suit.
The Best School Award was nominated by Young Carers themselves and judged through a set of standards which include:
· Young Carers information being provided in a variety of formats – posters on the noticeboards, leaflets available and links to the Young Carers site on the school website.
· Active referral of Young Carers – question asked about caring role and referred on to Herefordshire Young Carers .
· Schools having a policy on Young Carers and a nominated member of staff to take the lead on Young Carers.

Read more about Young Carers here.

Children In Need 2014

So far we have raised £540 for Children in Need and a further £1230 to be allocated to other suggested charities.

C I N 2014Children In Need

They got up to all sorts: Virtual mount Everest climb of 29,000 ft, Science challenge, Sponsored walk, Sponsored silence, Maths memory challenge, Muffin bake off and many many more.

A cake sale which raised £170.
And 52 boxes sent to Belarus.
And non uniform money.
Children in need raffle raised an amazing £80 – winner Jacob James Yr 8.
And sponsorship money....

Some more photos of the day may be found here.

Ofsted logo

Ofsted summary

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.

Happy students after Ofsted report


“Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.”


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
ActionDuchenne £200
Megan Baker House £173.50
St John Ambulance £173.50
Children in Need £143.14

Amazing totals - especially for such a tiny school!


"No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure."


Free money for Fairfield!!


When you buy online via The Giving Machine, a sales commission is received from the participating shop. 75% of this is converted into a donation on your behalf and sent to your chosen beneficiary(s) – ie Fairfield. 25% is retained to contribute to costs of maintaining the website and distributing donations.
You are buying the same products, at the same price, on the same shopping websites as if you went direct but the difference is: by shopping via The Giving Machine you generate free cash donations at no extra cost to you personally.

Please follow this link to read about helping the school and how easy it is to be involved.


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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

Ofsted OUTSTANDING     Fairfield Works

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