Welcome to Fairfax School
Thank you for your interest in Fairfax, and a warm welcome from everyone connected with the school.
From the moment you enter the gates at Fairfax, you realise what an extraordinary school this is. One that succeeds academically, through its amazing examination results both at GCSE and Post 16 level, but also one that develops the ‘whole person’. This is why I find it a privilege to be the Head of such a unique and fantastic establishment.
Education is the bedrock for a successful and fulfilling life. Our aim is to prepare each and every student to succeed in a 21st Century workplace and have the skills and competencies to do this. The curriculum underpins our ethos of creativity, innovation and mastering of the basics; reading, writing, communicating and mathematics.
We are proud of our pedigree both locally, nationally and internationally through our endeavours with the Duke of Edinburgh Award, World Challenge Expeditions and cutting edge Teaching and Learning initiatives. Our House system provides the support, challenge and competition to help students develop the confidence to achieve more and our Annual Eisteddfod celebrates our artistic talent. Fairfax succeeds in a variety of local and national sport team events; including our Physically Disabled students who regularly take part in regional Zone Hockey competitions.
My personal aim is to ensure that each student’s individual experience is as enjoyable and rewarding as possible. I believe in the basics and will relentlessly pursue excellence in punctuality, behaviour, uniform and respect for one another. The mantra of ‘All of us, all of the time’ resonates throughout Fairfax in everything we do.
Mrs D Bunn - Head of Academy
At Fairfax Sixth Form, we strive to meet our Academy motto:” Sinceritas Laboris: there is dignity in hard work”, in every aspect of Academy life and in the life beyond. We aim to challenge and support our students, in equal measure, to achieve the very best academic success and to ensure they take advantage of all the Academy has to offer in preparation for their future successes.
We offer a wide range of A Level subjects delivered by specialist teachers that should attract students who want to achieve their academic potential in a modern and supportive learning environment. The academic progression made by our students regularly puts us in the top 10% of all 6th Forms nationally (DoE).
The Prefect system, House system, Learning Mentor Scheme as well as the Student Council, offer all of our Sixth Former students the opportunity to develop their character and self-confidence by helping others and allows them to be seen as role models by younger students.
Fairfax Sixth Form Centre provides students with excellent facilities for personal study both during private study sessions and before/after school. We have a study room which is fully equipped with modern computers and eighty personal laptops, where students can use their private study to catch up on homework, review their learning and do some revision.
The Director of Sixth Form is always available to assist students and make regular appointments to meet with students to discuss academic performance, revision strategies, independent learning skills as well as personal concerns. We also have a Learning Mentor who works with students, teachers, parents, carers and families to help overcome barriers to learning.
Our students benefit from both academic and pastoral support during their studies. Our students have regular meetings with our Learning Mentor where they discuss targets and strategies to help them achieve their target grades. Students and parents are informed of progress regularly throughout the year with intervention and support put into place wherever it is needed. Students also benefit from specific ‘study skills’ days during which you will receive guidance and coaching on how to become an effective learner, prepare for examinations and achieve the very highest grades.
The overwhelming majority of our students decide to continue their education at University. In 2013 we have students attending many Russell Group Universities including Oxford, Bristol, Bath, Nottingham and Manchester. We also place students on prestigious school leaver schemes including Marks and Spencer, KMPG and Deloitte and Touche. We also secure placements for some of our students on extremely competitive Higher Level apprenticeships including Jaguar / Land Rover, Rolls Royce and British Aerospace. We provide many opportunities for students to research and experience all of the opportunities available to them.
Our students benefit from modern and world class facilities that provide a purposeful atmosphere to study and social areas for students to meet and relax. Our students have access to their own ICT facilities, purpose built refectory with an extensive menu that students may access throughout the day.
Our Dance Studio has a fully fitted sprung floor with mirror panelling which provides the perfect setting for dance classes.
The facilities here at Fairfax are constantly being updated and improved, e.g. a newly installed lighting rig and sound system in our Drama Studio, and the recently refurbished floor in our Gym.
Fairfax Sixth Form Learning Centre provides students with excellent facilities for personal study both during supervised and private study sessions and before/after school. We have two study rooms which are fully equipped with modern computers and personal laptops.
We also have an indoor and outdoor social area for the students with ‘café style’ seating for break times and a meeting room for the Senior Prefect Team.
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Fairfax School directly.