Fairfield High School
Bristol, City of, United Kingdom
About Fairfield High School
Be ready to learn. Show respect. Get results. This is our ethos, and staff and students at Fairfield High School are proud of it. We have built our teaching on strong relationships, between students and all our staff. Our students enjoy coming to school where they can stay safe and happy, and prepare for their futures.
In 2006 the school moved to new premises, doubling in size and offering vastly improved facilities. Our challenge now is to stand out from the competition and continue to raise academic standards, while establishing and embedding a new structure and an improved curriculum following our period of change.
We want to challenge other schools in the area by reaffirming our good reputation and building on our strong record of achievement. In the last year we have raised academic standards: in 2008 GCSE results were significantly improved on 2007, with particularly strong grades in English, History, Drama and Fine Art. A high percentage of our students go on to post-16 education and Fairfield is a partner member of the North Bristol Post 16 Centre.
Overall, students make satisfactory progress in core subjects, but we can push this achievement higher. Teachers, governors and our senior leadership team have identified areas in need of improvement and are committed to addressing these. Together we are working hard to implement changes for the better and need a strong leader to achieve our goals.
We have introduced a broader vocational element to our curriculum which will improve students’ results. We work with other schools locally and with the North Bristol Post 16 Centre to offer a wide range of level 2 and 3 courses. There are increasing opportunities to take GCSEs early and start advanced supplementary courses. The G&T and SEN co-ordinators work with teaching assistants to support students with particular needs in class. Extracurricular provision is extensive.
The Fairfield curriculum also includes sign language: we share our new school premises with Elmfield School for the Deaf, which has 40 students and a separate Headteacher. We see this as a school within a school because Elmfield and Fairfield students are able to share learning and social opportunities, and we want to develop these further. We also aim to support the local community by offering lessons in home languages such as Urdu and Arabic.