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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Spanish Exchange to Zaragoza - More Photos

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World War 1 Day

Owen Sheers (a Welsh poet, author, playwright, actor and TV presenter and the first writer in residence to be appointed by any national rugby union team) came in and read WW1 and War poetry to all of KS3, including Year 6 from Clifford.
Graham Langer (a member of the Light Cavalry Association) came dressed in full military uniform and spoke to two groups of students as if it were 19th November 1914 - we are hoping he can return with his horse next time!
Mari Fforde, along with Ingrid and Bex, from the Hay History Group, were reproducing a workshop they had run during the Hay History weekend back in September.
We also had Rev Simon Lockett who ran a session discussing the impact of war and conflict. And the wonderful Fairfield staff led a series of sessions, including adding memories and reflections on to handcrafted barbed wire, discussing the consequences of modern computer games, exploring further the men who lost their lives from the Golden Valley and on being in a land army, led by two beautiful Land Girls.
It was a brilliant, thoughtful and active day.

For some photos, click here

Children In Need 2014

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.
Totals yet to be amassed - when all students have brought in their sponsor money!

Some more photos of the day may be found here.

Mock GCSE Exams

Mocks 2014

Mock GCSE exams run from the 1st to the 11th December and the timetable is available online by clicking here. Careful planning of revision ahead of these vital dates will ensure a much more successful outcome than any haphazard approach!

Fairfield WIN Rugby Cup Final


Fairfield High School are the U16 Champions 2014.
Fairfield 29 - Bishops 0

"The game was a fantastic spectacle. The rugby played, accompanied by the sheer determination, commitment and team spirit demonstrated by Fairfield was truly fantastic and I can honestly say we played Bishop's off the park. Bishop's in my opinion only got close to scoring on one occasion, and probably would have done if it wasn't for Ty Garrard tackling the biggest Bishop's player with Luke Cohen then offering support which caused three or four more Fairifeld players to join in and drive Bishop's back out of our 22 and securing the turn over.
I was asked after the game who was my man of the match, however, I can hand on heart say I couldn't identify any of the 18 players who took part in the match who solely deserved it as they were all truly awesome and I am chuffed to bits with them.
If you see them today please congratulate them, including Sam Lloyd our very important waterboy, coach, physio, motivator and number two.

The victorious Under 16 Rugby Champions

1. Will McFarlane, 2. Dylan Green, 3. Lewis Price, 4. Jack Ambler, 5. Sam Langford, 6. Tom Pritchard, 7. Thomie Howells, 8. Ed Lee, 9. Ty Garrard, 10. Luke Cohen, 11. Josh Warn, 12. Ollie Cooper, 13. Kye Thomas, 14. Joe Lloyd, 15. Charlie Roper, 16. Huw Nicholls, 17. Freddie Jenkins, 18. Ben Kitchen, 19. Sam LLoyd."

Report from Mr O Lloyd - who deserves all this success.

Ceramic Poppies

Students with ceramic poppies made in school

As part of a continuing study of WW1, students made ceramic poppies - inspired by the Tower of London - while other students were visiting battlefields in Ypres.

Read the complete story here in the Hereford Times.

The investigation continues next week with a whole day cross-department activity, including a special guest, Welsh poet and author Owen Sheers.

Ceramic poppies

PTA - Help Required

Can you offer an hour or two on 6th december to help the PTA volunteers cater at an auction in Pontrilas to benefit Fairfield? If so, please contact the school office this week. The auction itself looks interesting!

D of E Bronze Award Invites New Participants

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India 2015

India 2015 India 2015

Four of our students (Jack Douet, Meg De Bell, Anna Brisland, Jack Freeman) and five from the Dean Academy who are all going to India in Feb 2015 had a first meeting and visit from the teacher from the link Kamla school in Mumbai.
We all ate and cooked up coriander omelettes Indian style!

India 2015 India 2015


School Direct Teacher Training

Subject placements available for 2015 - 2016

Physical Education

Fairfield High School is proud to be a teaching school with a record of successful and high quality teacher training. We are a unique school offering opportunities for anyone wishing to enter the teaching profession. Trainees will be supported by our school based Initial Teacher Training Manager, a school based subject mentor and by university based courses with our delivery and accreditation partner, The University of Worcester.

For full details, please follow this link.

GCSE Results

Exam results day 2014

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.



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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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"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

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