News from Fairfield High School

New students recently enjoyed planting trees to mark their start at Fairfield High School in Bristol. Each tutor group have been given a fruit tree that they can watch growing over their five years at the local school off Muller Road.

Alongside the trees, the students will bury time capsules, which they will dig up in 2018. These will contain photographs and messages that the students can eventually keep as mementoes of their school days.

The 118 11-year-olds who have started at Fairfield this summer have benefited from a transition programme called ‘stepping up’, which is designed to prevent the traditional dip in performance that often happens in the first year of secondary education.

The school worked closely with neighbouring primary schools throughout the children’s last year and offered a number of opportunities to help them get to know their new school.

These included a boxing club, a creative project and the chance for vulnerable students to talk with someone on a weekly basis about their hopes and fears over making the big step into secondary school.

Summer schools and a camp were held at the school over the holidays. Head teacher Catriona Mangham said the project had been incredibly successful, because the students had got to know their teachers and tutors and had made friends before they started at the school.

“We really believe that moving from primary to secondary school should be a seamless experience. We make every effort to know and understand the needs of individual children before they officially start. We want every family to be part of the Fairfield family,” she said.

One parent said: “The induction programme has been brilliant for my son. He was the only boy from his primary school and he has special needs. After the summer school and overnight camp he has a whole group of new friends. His social life and skills have already improved.”

Fairfield High School is hosting open events on the following dates:

Open Evening: Thursday 26th September from 6—9pm

Open Mornings: Thursday 3rd October from 9.15—10.30am, Friday 4th October from 9.15—10.30am, Thursday 10th October from 9.15—10.30am.

They will also be presenting at the Bannerman Road Year 6 Transition Information Evenings on: Monday 7th October at 4pm and Tuesday 8th October at 5pm.

For further details or information, please contact the school, Telephone: 0117 9527100 or Email: fairfield.s@bristol.gov.uk visit www.fairfield.bristol.sch.uk

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