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


Meet inspirational Loraine Springer of FHS

‘I work as an Extreme Caseload and Community Engagement Officer. My role is to act as a contact to home, school and student.  I have regular 1-2-1 contact with students where we look at their behaviour and achievement logs, attendance, uniform and occasionally I attend lessons to get an overview of what is occurring in order to provide necessary feedback and to help students to take responsibility for their own learning by identifying how their lessons could be improved.

My duties include:

  • 1-2-1 with students to discuss their progress (weekly)
  • Year 11 tutor group for students in need of support (12-15 students)
  • Weekly telephone calls to parents
  • Negotiated transfers to another school including support such as accompanying the student to their new school and attending necessary meetings
  • Home visits
  • Parents evenings
  • Prom organiser

Outside of FHS I work in the community as a local radio presenter and I organise social events in order to raise monies for the elderly; I find this very rewarding as it gives me a great insight into the community in which I work and live and it also means that I come into contact with some students and their parents, which can be really beneficial in my role.

FHS is a great school to work at; the students and community play a large part in making this multi- cultural school such a fantastic place to work in and it is now also one of the top 5 schools in Bristol.’

Nick Lewis, Head of School at FHS describes Loraine: ‘Loraine is a real team player and gives so much to make Fairfield the successful school it is. Her ability to network widely helps us engage our many communities’

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Fairfield student announced winner at Bristol Young Heroes Award

Fairfield High School (FHS) is delighted that Year 7 student Archie Drummond has been announced the winner of the Caring Hero award at the Bristol Young Heroes Awards. This ceremony, held on Friday 31st March at the Will’s Memorial Building in central Bristol, saw a number of famous faces in attendance, including Olympic gymnast Claudia Fragapane, international DJ Roni Size, singer Beth Rowley and Hollywood actor Liam Garrigan.

Archie was nominated by his tutor Miss Thompson after she learnt about the number of acts of kindness towards other students, coupled with his dedication and caring role he plays at home for his brother, Dexter who has autism.

At the beginning of his time at FHS, Archie ensured that a student with special educational needs was given priority on a bus home by asking the other Year 11 students waiting to let him have a seat first. Archie also made sure a Year 9 student with autism was looked after in the playground and did not hesitate to show him support in front of other students.

It was only at this stage when Miss Thompson phoned home to share these positive stories that Archie’s home life came to light. His Mum told about the poor health of Archie’s step father, which has resulted in Archie taking a key role in the upbringing and care of his 5 year old brother. Miss Thompson then promptly entered Archie for the Caring Hero award.

After being narrowed down to three finalists in this category, Archie was declared the winner, with the award being presented by Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol.

Natalie Thompson, tutor and teacher at FHS comments: “We are unbelievably proud of Archie and thrilled that he has won this award. What makes it so special is his modesty; at no stage did he share his acts of kindness or caring role at home with me or his other teachers. Archie is an exceptional individual who deserves every ounce of this recognition.”

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Let us introduce Excalibur TSA

Excalibur Teaching School Alliance (TSA) plays a leading role in the training and professional development of teachers, support staff and principals within Excalibur, as well as contributing to the raising of standards through school-to-school support, working with a number of schools in the area.

Excalibur TSA consists of a partnership of 18 primary, 7 secondary schools and 2 universities which includes all the EAT academies, the St John’s primary catchment schools plus other partner schools. The alliance is led by St John’s Marlborough, the designated teaching school in the alliance. The teaching school staff are Sarah Frame (Director) and Kate Hunter (Manager).

We offer:

  • School Direct Initial Teacher Training: We recruit primary & secondary graduate PGCE trainees to train in alliance schools.
  • Professional Qualifications: We offer a range of professional qualifications at all levels, with some courses facilitated by senior leaders from within the alliance.
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD): We run a programme of training for primary and secondary staff and governors.
  • School-to-School support (S2SS): Through our S2SS team, schools have access to NLEs, SLEs and other outstanding lead practitioners. We offer expertise in all areas and deployed staff will spend time working closely with partner schools in key areas.
  • Research & Development: We award grants to fund Action Research projects that aim to identify what makes a difference for our students.

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