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



Fairfield High School was delighted to welcome former Olympian and international triple jumper Vernon Samuels to inspire and share his wisdom with Year 9 mental health ambassadors, with a view to empowering them to lead physical activities with their peers. The overall objective being to address the imperative issues of well-being and mental health by increasing students’ self esteem and confidence.

In conjunction with Youth Sports Trust and Excalibur Academies Trust (for which FHS belongs), this project addresses these all too important – and all too misunderstood – issues, by offering tactics for students to help themselves and others.

Vernon is no stranger to using his wealth of experience to apply “his skills and abilities to a diverse range of enterprising change programmes and projects. For well over 25 years Vernon has worked with national, regional and local organisations from government, voluntary and private sectors developing a range of strategic initiatives and collaborative partnerships.” (source http://vernonsamuels.com/)

Jordan Goodchild, Director of PE at FHS comments: “We are privileged and honoured to welcome such an influential and inspirational figure to Fairfield. You can almost liken Vernon’s visit to the teaching a man to fish philosophy: by sharing his expertise, skills and wisdom with our mental health ambassadors to then lead activities with others will have a deep routed lasting impact.”

Vernon Samuels with Year 9 students

Ogbourne is an Excellent School…

Principal Richard Smith and Ogbourne pupils

… but you don’t just have to take our word for it – this is the judgement of the SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) inspector.

In addition to being inspected by Ofsted, Church of England schools are also subject to regular, statutory inspection by the Church. These inspections are not merely an evaluation of the impact of the school’s Christian values on pupils but a rigorous assessment of all aspects of the school including; leadership, behaviour, wellbeing and quality of education. Following Ogbourne’s recent SIAMS the inspector has judged the school to be Excellent. According to the Church of England’s Education Office “Excellence reveals extraordinary, innovative practice. It sets incredibly high expectations for Church schools”.

Neil Revell, Lead Advisor from Salisbury Diocese, said “The Principal and the impact of his leadership shines through in the report. It is clear that he and his team are enabling everyone’s light to shine within a school that has a deep sense of care and positive relationships. Ogbourne is a school where everyone is truly valued”.

Read the full report here


12 year old Shanai Campbell is one talented individual who is taking the youth Graphic Art world by storm! A student of Fairfield High School in Bristol, Shanai has impressed many – including the BBC who approached her for an interview – with her inspirational and creative digital illustrations.


These are not an easy feat however… each of Shanai’s illustrations require hours and hours of dedication and precision as she creates an incredible 11 layers of graphics. Not surprisingly, Shanai is in demand, with orders of thank you cards, invitations, gifts and pictures from family and friends. This gives her some pocket money, with which to further develop her hobby; a recent purchase being a tablet to enable her to continue the dream.

Shanai comments: “It was Carlos Valdez, a cartoon maker on You Tube, who first inspired me to get into this kind of illustration. My technique is very different, however, and I’ve developed my own style using an app called Adobe Draw. I’m really loving what I’m doing and can spend hours and hours at a time, wondering sometimes where the weekend has gone to! At the moment this is a hobby which I love and hope will develop but my real ambition is to become an architect.”