• Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use
    to change the world
    Nelson Mandela


The X Factor hits St John’s Marlborough

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X Factor Winner & friendsTwelve of the most talented performers at St John’s Marlborough, plus a few surprise guests performed in the St John’s X Factor Live Final on Wednesday in the Theatre on the Hill at St John’s to an audience of over 200.

The winner of the competition was Ann Liu Cannon, a Year 13 student at St John’s, and the prize was a one hour limousine ride for Ann and her friends on Friday afternoon, the last day of term.

See the St John’s Press Release Dec 16 X Factor Winner Celebrates.

Ann Liu Cannon (left) and friends celebrate her SJM X Factor win with a limousine ride on the last day of term.

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Poignant Remembrance Service at FHS

img_3799-300Students and staff at Fairfield High School in Horfield were joined by former pupils to mark Armistice Day.

Members of the Old Fairfieldian’s Society attended the Remembrance ceremony at the school in Allfoxton Road on November 11.

Students Alice Towle (Y8) and Gabriel Thomas (Y9) read a poem before the Last Post was played by bugler Ian Beattie, of the Rotary Club of Bristol.

img_3790-300At 11am, the hundreds of students and staff who had turned out on the balconies surrounding the school’s atrium observed two minutes’ silence.

The visitors, accompanied by Head of School Nick Lewis, then went outside to the war memorial plaque – which was transferred from the original school when the new one opened a decade ago to lay a wreath.

The Old Fairfieldians commented on how respectful each and every student was during the whole service.

In the coming months, Mr Beattie will be spending time with student trumpeters in order to pass his 68 years’ of experience onto them; the vision being that at next year’s service, they will play independently.


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Bristol Principal chosen for key school support role

Fairfield High School, Bristol.

The Executive Principal and staff at Fairfield High School (FHS) have been selected for a top role supporting schools in challenging circumstances.

Catriona Mangham is one of more than 80 headteachers to be appointed to the role of national leader of education (NLE) in the latest recruitment round.

NLEs along with staff in their school – designated a national support school (NSS) – use their success and professionalism to provide additional leadership capability in other schools.

NLEs are deployed to suit the needs of each school needing support. The type of support provided is flexible and can sometimes involve NLEs becoming executive headteachers. They also have responsibility for developing the next generation of NLEs and national support schools.

Catriona Managham comments: “In recognition of the amazing work done at FHS to improve the outcomes of students, and also the incredible work staff do to support other schools, we have been awarded the recognition of being a national support school and myself a national leader of education. We are very proud of our collective achievements and look forward to sharing our enthusiasm and wisdom with others.”


Many NLEs/NSSs report improved outcomes at the schools they support.

Roger Pope, Chair of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said:

“It’s fantastic that heads like Fairfield High School have the passion and ambition to help improve the life chances of young people, not just in their own but in other schools as well.

“The aim of national leaders of education is to drive improvement in underperforming schools. We now have over 1,200 NLEs and we’re working to increase this number further to spread educational excellence everywhere.”

Successful heads have been invited to attend a formal induction and training event for the role in driving school improvement.

For more information about the NLE programme visit www.gov.uk/nctl

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