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.
History Year 11
Friday finally saw the Year 11 GCSE troops descend into the Big Pit in Blaenavon. Although the original trip was cancelled due to flooding, Friday was the first sunny day this year. Things weren't so comfortable underground however.
GCSE Timetable Summer 2014
The vital dates for GCSE are now available from this link, with an option to download and print out a copy.
Fairfield Paris Trip - In Verse!
Fairfield students are pictured here just outside a Paris restaurant. A fantastic time was had by all - in spite of the floods before our departure on Thursday 13th.
For a rather wonderful poetic account of the visit, please follow this link - and enjoy!
Please follow this link for the Spring Update from the Head which includes updates on Academy status, weather arrangements, communicating with parents and other items of interest.
Half Term Work
Over half term our IT Network Team were carrying out vital IT upgrades to our systems. As a result of their work, students were not able to use remote access or the VLE. We were however able to provide students work from departments and homework.
It's that time of year again...
All Matt's hard work training has paid off as he won a Bronze medal at the Welsh Indoor Athletics Championships at the NIAC in Cardiff on Saturday. This is a tremendous achievement as he has only just started running the 400m in the U17 age category, which means that the majority of his opponents were age 17.
We are now hopeful that Matt will be selected to represent Wales in the SIAB International meet in Cardiif this year and this could lead to selection for the Welsh Junior Commonwealth Development Squad.
Well done indeed, Matt.
School League Tables were published last week. For a snapshot of Fairfield's performance, click here. For a fuller overview, please follow this link. A huge amount of information on schools is freely available from the Department of Education website and what better place to start than scrutinising Fairfield here?!
Y9 and Y10 French students enjoyed sampling the special cake - La Galette des Rois - traditionally eaten at Epiphany in France. The tradition dates back to 1311 and is still widely celebrated in France.
Here are pictures of a galette and a lucky person who found the charm (fève) inside, earning the right to become Queen for the day! Bonne année à tous et à toutes!
September saw the launch of a new ‘Smart Start’ initiative at Fairfield, which includes a daily check of uniform and equipment. Students have worked really hard over the last term to improve uniform standards and ensure that they have the right equipment, and this continues to improve. A massive WELL DONE to the following tutors groups that have been outstanding with their Smart Start and are the ‘Smart Start’ winners for last term -
7 Dore, 8 Dore, 9 Escley, 10 Monnow, 11 Dore.
We have seen a brilliant start to this academic year with attendance, and a large number of students achieved 100% attendance in the Autumn Term. Well done!
We are looking forward to seeing these figures further improve and more students being congratulated for 100% attendance.
Year 11 are now entering the final and most critical phase of their education at Fairfield. There are not many school weeks left until the written GCSE exams begin on May 12th - and controlled tasks for practical subjects will start much sooner, if they have not done so already. Read more here.
From Basketball to Trampolining - and much more in between - there's lots on offer at lunchtimes and after school.
Follow this link for more information.
We have also set up monthly sponsorship of child at a special school in India and 51 beautiful and generous Christmas shoe boxes are winging their way to Monte Negro to make lots of little people smile this Christmas.
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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information - and especially URGENT information - on a regular basis. If you
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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