Welcome from Head Teacher
Our Value for Term 1 is Perseverance
Hebrews 10:36 (NIV)
“You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.” This scripture on perseverance is yet another reminder that God has rewards for those who persevere and who continue to love Him.”
Welcome to our school, we are a caring school and committed to the highest possible standards of learning and teaching. We gain strength from living out our Christian Vision enabling children, staff and our community to develop a love of learning, a spirit of enquiry and a determination to be successful. We promote active learning through our creative curriculum and a passion of reading for enjoyment. We want every child to flourish, be happy and feel safe. We develop the whole child by providing opportunities for children to find their passions, explore learning in its fullness and care for each other and our world.
Our school is set in idyllic grounds and is proud of its links with the local and wider community. We have a woodland, a science dome and outdoor classroom; outdoor learning and Forest School activities are part of daily life at Fairford. We provide wrap around care each day with a school run Breakfast Club (0745 – 0830) and After School Club (1500 – 1800 Mon-Thurs and 1500 – 1730 Fri). In the school Holidays Atlas Camps provide Holiday Club Day Care.
We offer a wide range of After School Clubs including lots of sport, cooking, choir, art, science, dance, design technology, Lego, Knex and Bookclub (some clubs are held during lunchtimes). Children have the opportunity to become Science Ambassadors, Reading Ambassadors, Sports Leaders and in Year 6 Sports Captains and Head Boy and Girl. We have a school communication team where all classes have a voice; most recently holding a competition to design a new school badge!
At Fairford we have an experienced team of teachers and HLTAs and TAs. Many of our teaching team are National and Local Leads in their subjects. Our Maths Leader is a Primary Mastery Specialist and Professional Development Lead with the NCETM/GLOW Maths Hub Primary Science Teaching Trust Fellow, also Lead Legacy OGDEN Trust Cluster School and current STEM Enthuse Lead School; Our English Lead works closely with Cheltenham Literature Festivals and runs an independent Reading Teachers=Reading Pupils group for teachers across the locality; Our Sports Leader is part of South Cotswolds PE teaching Hub and school holds the Sainsbury’s Platinum Award; our school has a Green Flag Award and Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning Award. In addition our school is progressing towards the Artsmark Award and has recently achieved the RE Bronze Award.
I am extremely proud to be Headteacher at Fairford and believe it is an immense privilege. In addition to being Headteacher at Fairford, I am also Chair of the South Cotswold School Partnership with 20 local schools and Co-Chair of Gloucestershire Association of Primary Headteachers with nearly 300 primary schools across Gloucestershire. Being part of these 2 groups, enables partnership working to be strong across all our schools.
Our school achieved Outstanding in its last SIAMS inspection in 2016 and Outstanding in its last OFSTED in January 2019. Since each of these judgements, we have continued to develop and grow ensuring we are able to provide the best for our children and school community.
I hope you enjoy exploring our website. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about our school.
I look forward to welcoming you to our school.
Mrs Julie Fellows
‘Our school is committed to high quality safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and we are all expected to be professionally curious at all times. Anyone working in our school goes through a rigorous recruitment process and safeguarding training is regularly provided. Children attending our school have the right to feel safe, cared for and protected from harm.’