Update from the
After such a packed term at Fairfield our winter break is upon us.
This term we have had many visitors to the school, not least Nola Walker, the Education Minister's Principal Private Secretary and, of course, Ofsted.
Ofsted visited us for a short one day inspection - this is known as a section 8 inspection. They spoke with Excalibur Trust, governors, students and staff. They also observed a range of lessons and spoke with school leaders. I was pleased to see that on the Parents View survey 95 % of parents said they would recommend the school to friend. Feedback like that is important to us. The next step is that the lead inspector will write me a letter sharing all of the great things she had seen around the school and identify things for us to improve on. The letter will confirm our overall category and when it arrives I will be able to share the results with you, but until then all I can say is that we are happy with the outcome.
I took time to write to all students to congratulate them on their exemplary behaviour and hard work, not just during our inspection but day in, day out. They are the stars of our school and our inspectors saw that.
The Department for Education has also been in contact to share our good practice as a result of our strong GCSE outcomes in the summer. They recognise that aspects of our performance are “the highest performing in the region”. More on that as the initiative develops.
As is tradition, we have held two festive events, our fundraising Christmas Jumper Day, and our wonderful Winter Gala. The evening Gala was supported by a range of stalls offering gifts, food and drink. Well done to all performers and helpers. The Christmas Jumper day raised well needed funds to support homeless people in Bristol.
On another positive note, Archie in Year 8 has been crowned the Bristol Post's Gold Star Award overall winner for his caring attitude. He’s recognised as a hero not just at Fairfield but across the whole of the region.
As you can imagine being such a successful school has led to an increasing number of parents wanting to secure a place at Fairfield with a continued rise in applications for the fourth year in a row. We fully expect to be over-subscribed in September again.
Finally, we wish everyone in our community a very happy holidays. I truly hope you get to spend a positive and restful time with friends and family. We return to school on Wednesday 3rd January ready for another exciting term at Fairfield in 2018.
Mr Nick Lewis