Where has the year gone?
GCSE exams have begun and Year 11 are focused and working hard, as is the FHS community who is supporting students to obtain the best results they possibly can. This can be a very stressful time for all involved and I have been really proud of our students across all the years who are respecting the exam season and all that it means.
We have just completed consultation on a sixth form for FHS and I would like to thank the 200 staff, parents, students, education providers, local businesses and community members who have provided feedback and support. Should we be given the go ahead, we hope to open the sixth form in September 2016 and more information can be found here.
We have been assessed for the Employability Chartermark in recognition of our commitment to ensuring our students are work-ready and attended an awards ceremony this week to receive it; we are one of a few schools in Bristol to attempt the Chartermark and the scheme is already getting the attention of lots of other educational leaders across the country. Our visitors were really impressed and commented that “employability is absolutely embedded in everything the schools does” and described our students as “ bright, polite and ambassadorial”. They said that in the light of all the other developments happening at FHS such as the academy conversion, sixth form consultation and focus on Year 11 exams, it would have been easy to limit ourselves, but instead said “what’s the limit?… in this school I don’t think there is a limit to what can be done”.
FHS is now an ‘International Academy’ within the Excalibur Academies Trust. We ensure students recognize and contribute to FHS as a community and reinforce their understanding of their roles in local and international communities. We have been working on projects with Bangalore International Public School in India and have recently received this from their ISA Coordinator: "We are proud to inform you that our school has been bestowed with the prestigious British Council International School Award for 2015 to 18. We extend our heartfelt thanks to you and your esteemed institution for all the support that you gave us. It would not have been possible without your help and cooperation. We would like to continue our relationship in your future."
Fairfield Parents Network has been working really hard and recently held a ‘World Banquet’ where members of the community could come and share food from around the world. It was a fantastic opportunity for attendees to explore the school building and to meet parents and carers, staff, students and fellow community members. Well done to all those involved.
Thank you once again for your support.
Ms. Catriona Mangham