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


Open Evening: Everyone Welcome

Burbage Primary School is delighted to welcome new families who have applied to join the growing family in September 2016. It is having an Open Evening for visitors with all welcome! Burbage-open-eve2

Burbage Primary School’s Latest Addition

It is a busy time for Burbage Primary School. Firstly, the school is delighted to announce its latest addition – a duckling! Born at 10.10am on Wednesday 20th April 2016, followed after lunch by a second. The children in Chaffinch and Woodpecker classes are thrilled with the science unfolding before their eyes.

ducklingThank you to everyone who supported the Easter Produce Fair in March. The school raised a fantastic £200 and everyone enjoyed the Hot Cross Buns and Produce Raffles. The table displays were spectacular!

Years 5 and 6 recently attended a Tri-Golf tournament. They learned quickly and enjoyed the experience. (We may have some contenders for Danny Willett’s reign on The Masters!) The class was also singled-out for their excellent learning strategies and team work.

Key Stage One had an inspiring visit from local author Sarah Hill (Whimsy Wood series). Her enthusiasm for writing rubbed off on the children, generating lots of magical ideas.

A full day of First Aid, led by St John Ambulance, taught life-saving to the majority of KS2; a brilliant life skill, enjoyed by all.

Now, as part of our Growing Schools focus, the school is eagerly awaiting the arrival of its ‘Space Seeds’ and duck eggs. Do keep an eye on Burbage Primary School’s new website blog for updates.

As well developing the way it uses its school grounds for growing, it is growing in numbers too. From 122 in October, the school will have 134 children on roll which is a big jump from111 just over a year ago. It warmly welcomes all of its new families and encourages visits to school, especially for those interested in joining in Reception or Key Stage One for September. Please call 01672 810452.

FHS Marks Ten Years in Allfoxton Road

Fairfield-School-20150029-300STAFF and students at Fairfield High School are marking a decade since they transferred to their state-of-the-art buildings off Muller Road.

They moved into the iconic five-storey premises on April 24, 2006.

The £22 million school provided space to double student numbers and offered improved facilities for 21st century learning.
Fairfield was one of the first secondaries to have new buildings in the ambitious programme that saw all Bristol’s state-funded schools for children aged 11-16 rebuilt or substantially remodelled. It was created on the site of the St Thomas More Catholic Secondary, which closed in 2005.

FHS, which had switched from being a grammar school to a comprehensive in 2000, moved from the redbrick premises in Fairlawn Road, Montpelier, where it had been based since 1898. Two of its best-known former pupils are actor Cary Grant and Dame Mary Perkins, co-founder of Specsavers.

In the decade since the move, the school has continued to develop, introducing a new uniform and a house system. Its most recent Ofsted report, in June 2013, rated it as “Good, with Outstanding features”. Students are among the best in the country for exceeding expectations in their GCSE exams at the end of five years at the school.

FHS has a very diverse intake of students, and offers them a wide range of opportunities and activities both within and outside lesson times. The school became an academy in the Excalibur Trust last year. Demand for places has soared, and the school has been oversubscribed for the past two years. It has ambitions to open a sixth form.

Principal Catriona Mangham, who has led the school since 2009, said: “This is a significant moment for us, and a time to acknowledge the successes of all those who have passed through Fairfield, both in the last decade and at the old school.
“Our main focus, as always, is on providing the very best opportunities for the students who are here in 2016 and those who will join us in future. FHS is a unique school where everyone is valued for who they are and what they can become.”