Update from the
As we enter the exam season, I would like to start by thanking our Year 11 students for working so hard towards their GCSEs. They realise that every bit of revision and re-learning helps, especially with the revised exams which place a greater focus on knowledge and recall of facts. We look forward to great results again, but would remind everyone that, with the introduction of so many changes at GCSE level, the government has said even good schools might see great variability in outcomes. The important thing is that everyone has given it their best.
Staff have equally given an enormous amount of their own free time after school and at weekends to coach, tutor and mentor students. We have also altered tutor times in order to give last minute advice to students in the golden hour before entering exams. In addition, we have been able to extend opening hours in the school library to support Year 11 students. This is a refreshing change to the rounds of cuts happening to other library services and only been made possible by the generous flexibility of our librarians around the hours they work. The best bit is the Year 11s have been quick to pass on how much this has helped support them.
This term we have been very lucky to receive visits from a number of high profile visitors. The first of these was local footballing legend Bobby Reid, leading scorer for local Championship club Bristol City. Reid helped promote Fairfield’s Sport Relief charity week. Our Sports Hall was packed with admiring fans keen to see Bobby Reid score penalties against Mr Mead and Dr Murray, amongst others.
We recently welcomed Lord Agnew, Minister for Schools to Fairfield. He was eager to discuss how we successfully supported other schools, including our work with the other academies in the Excalibur family. His visit also involved meeting with our Head students and gaining an understanding about our dedication to our diverse and harmonious community.
Lord Agnew would be pleased to know of our award winning employability links with Burges Salmon. Our partnership has once again been nominated for a very prestigious award - the Prince’s Trust Business in The Community Responsible Business Award. The national winners will be announced at the Royal Albert Hall later this year.
Talking of a responsible approach, Fairfield has been working hard at its own ethical credentials. We have witnessed the presentation of 400 trees to the Nature Club from The Woodland Trust, which are being planted around the school estate. We have also seen the launch of a new four week rotational menu in the canteen. This is based on feedback from students and feature items such as the very popular hummus and dips, together with other healthy salad options.
On a final note, can I please take this opportunity to remind the school community that students are expected to wear black school shoes. By way of a reminder of what is acceptable, please see details below:
“Black smart shoes (which can be polished) only (not made by a sports brand, with a heel no greater than 3cm. Shoes must cover the whole foot or have a strap to secure over the foot in the case of pumps/slipper shoes). When buying new shoes, please also bear in mind the requirement for shoes to have a clearly defined sole and heel.”
Mr Nick Lewis