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We are rapidly approaching GCSE exam season for Year 11 and so this grabs top spot in my writing. We are offering Saturday revision sessions, targeted after-school interventions, Easter School and other holiday support, therefore all Year 11 students should be staying after school and attending holiday sessions. This really is a chance for them to take advantage of all that Fairfield has to offer and give them the success they want for the future. I particularly want to urge the students to get a good balance between rest and relaxation at Easter whilst also using the time to revise in depth. Modern GCSEs demand a greater degree of memorisation than in previous years and active revision helps with memory.
You may have noticed I have been busy on social media sharing the wonderful work of our Science Faculty. They have enhanced the school with Science Week which this year included a huge range of outside visitors and events. The sight of the Bristol University drone workshop in the Sports Hall is an image that will linger in our minds. The Maths Faculty also delivered an equally busy Maths Week including the infamous Maths Challenge.
As we are celebrating 100 years of women gaining the vote, International Women’s Day took on an even greater significance than usual this year. Our library displayed a crafted banner marking the event and a variety posters and displays portraying the role of women in society feature on every corridor. Continuing on a literary theme, we’ve enjoyed World Book Day by decorating our doors and dressing up as characters from our favourite books.
I am very pleased to be able to say that we will be welcoming a full cohort of Year 7 students in September. Applications for our school continue to rise. We are 150% oversubscribed for Year 7 places. Such demand inevitably leads to disappointment for some and so we are in early discussions with Bristol Council about how we might meet this demand at a time when it is set to increase further. We will want to explore options with Bristol Council so that the very best provision can be offered at Fairfield. We also are working hard at delivering our long term aim of sixth form provision and I hope update you on that in a later newsletter in the year.
At this time of year I get requests to approve holidays in term time. As we enter into Term 5, I would like to reiterate Fairfield’s commitment to outstanding attendance for all of our students and highlight our procedures in dealing with absence. Good attendance at school is key to attainment and therefore enables students to achieve at their highest possible level.
You can find information on our website (www.fairfield.bristol.sch.uk, Parents, Absence and Attendance) regarding our Attendance Policy, Attendance Counts Leaflet for Parents (paper copies also available from reception) and Absence Request Form. However in short we will not authorise absence for:
· Holidays except in very rare and exceptional circumstances
· Medical appointments without evidence (appointment card/letter etc)
· Religious observance over two days
A Penalty Notice and/or criminal prosecution may be requested if a student has a high number of unauthorised absences within an academic year.
All known absences must be requested in writing addressed to myself two weeks prior to the first day of absence. Let’s work together to promote and reward good attendance and punctuality. Evidence shows every day counts.
I am looking forward to the many exciting events and activities available to our students in the forthcoming summer terms. Thank you again for your continued support of the school and all that we do here.
Mr Nick Lewis