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.
Please follow this link for more
about the whole Fairfield experience.
Spanish Exchange to Zaragoza
Here we are in Zaragoza enjoying the city vibe and the sunshine. Students have settled into the Spanish way of life brilliantly and are learning something new every minute including spitting "pipas" shells!
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.
“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
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
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Please follow this link to read about helping
the school and how easy it is to be involved.
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!
Whoever you follow, please follow Fairfield.