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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Peter Fieldhouse

We are very saddened to announce that our former headmaster, Peter Fieldhouse, passed away on 9 May at the age of 65 following a short illness. He was Headmaster of Fairfield High School from September 1983 until December 1998, overseeing an almost doubling of the school role to approximately 300.  His funeral will be held in Cambridge.

New term

The new term starts for students on Monday 7th September. Please note that we will be operating a two-week timetable from that date onwards.


We are delighted to report another terrific year for our Year 11 students. 81% of students earned 5A*-C grades including English and Maths and 51% achieved the English Baccalaureate. Particularly pleasing is that over one third of all grades were at A*-A.

Whilst there were many outstanding performances, we are especially thrilled to congratulate Head Girl, Meg Watkins, on her stunning achievement of straight A* grades in ALL of her 10 subjects!

I am enormously proud of all our parents, carers, students and staff for their superb combined effort in producing such an excellent set of results.

Sue Gaston

Prom 2015

Prom 2015

Thanks to ex-student Ellie Burd, who was our offical Prom photographer. She is selling discs of the images taken, but has kindly provided this tasty sampler!

Year 7 at Llanrug

Please click on the image to open our gallery of 25 action images!

Easter Newsletter

Easter Newsletter

Read the online version of our latest newsletter here.

On The Buses

School bus

There is a letter home about new plans for school buses in September. We very much need your input so please check the letter here - or of course on the Letters and Information page. Thank you.

World Book Day

Staff on World Book Day

Staff get into the swing of things on World Book Day!

Ski Trip to Alpe D’Huez, France


The PE Department is proposing to take a residential school ski trip to Alpe D’Huez from Saturday 2nd January to Saturday 9th January 2016 inclusive and we will be travelling with Equity Ski. The trip will be open to students in the current Years 8, 9 and 10.

For more information read the invitation letter here and the first Newsletter here.

Kath Davies

We are very sad to have to tell you that Kath Davies passed away peacefully in hospital on Thursday 26th February, having been ill for a short time.

Kath was an integral part of Fairfield for over 30 years, working as a lunchtime supervisor and support assistant and as Head Cleaner. We will all miss her enormously. Many generations of students and staff will remember warmly her cheerful and caring nature, her positive attitude and willingness to always help and support – not to mention her wonderful cakes.

All our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this difficult time.

Charity Donations - Latest

The School Council has allocated the money from the recent charity days as follows:

Action Duchenne £400

Beth's Wish £400

Maya school in Nepal £400

Hereford and Worcester Air Ambulance £400

Emergency disaster relief £440

Well done indeed, you very generous people.

Fairfield Is Excellent Value!

For the second time in three years Fairfield has been in the top 100 non-selective state schools in the UK.

FHS in top 100 UK schools again.

Read more here in Mrs Gaston's letter.


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."


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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