Email

You can access your web-based school email account from home.

You will need your username and password to gain access.

Remote Access

Staff and students can access their ‘My Documents’ area. Staff can also access The T Drive and the W Drive.

You will need your username and password to gain access.

FFD IntelliNet

You can access the FFD IntelliNet from home.

You will need your username and password to gain access.

Foldr

Access your documents from home.

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Shield

Structure

Pre-Prep

In the Pre-Prep, children enter the School at 4+ following an informal assessment in January before children start at the School in September.

The areas considered in the Assessments are:-

  • Visual skills
  • Auditory skills
  • Dexterity
  • Sequencing  skills
  • Social skills

When a child has been offered a place at Fairfield, they are allocated to one of three mixed ability forms in September when they begin their School career.  Their first week is part time from 8.30 a.m. – 12 noon and from week 2, their School day is full time until 3.35 p.m. daily.

Each Year group in the School has three classes and the social mix of these classes is changed annually to ensure three equal mixed ability classes where the ability, gender and age of the children are kept similar.  This works well and children, parents and staff welcome this change every year.  Parents do not have an input in selecting their child’s class teacher for the following year, but the staff, when reallocating the children to classes with new teachers, are very sensitive to the child’s needs.

In the Pre Prep, there is an Information Evening in September and two Parents’ Evenings; one in the Autumn Term and Spring Term.  At the end of the year, parents receive a full report in June about their child’s progress highlighting their successes and achievements.  This should be a celebration of your child’s year and any worries or concerns about progress should have been dealt with throughout the year.

 

Upper Prep

Entry into the Upper Prep is seamless.  Year 2 parents and new Year 3 parents are invited to attend a New Parents’ Evening in June before the start of Year 3, to explain the differences from the Pre Prep to the Upper Prep which are, in brief, the following:-

  • introduce the House system
  • more specialist teachers
  • homework – Monday – Thursday (see Further Information)
  • wide range of lunchtime clubs and activities
  • more PE and Games and the introduction of swimming
  • a lot of kit to look after!

The outline of the year’s curriculum is sent home to parents before the start of the year in a Curriculum booklet to enable parents to support the School and help their child knowing what and when subjects will be covered on the curriculum.

The pattern of Parents’ Evenings and reports are the same as the Pre Prep.  However, for Years 3-5, children take mid year assessments, which are a useful ‘check-up’ half way through the year to inform parents how their child is coping academically.  Any concerns are dealt with accordingly and, if necessary, remedial support is put in place.

Examinations in Maths and English take place in May and these results are reported to the parents separately, as well as the year group median which gives the parent a bench mark about their child’s ability within a Year group.  However, as this is an average check point, by the nature of statistics, half of the year will automatically be ‘below average’.  This is not necessarily a ‘cause for concern’ and this will be covered in the end of year reports, which will be sent home in June/July.

In Year 5, preparation for the 11+ examination begins in earnest.  Staff will raise concerns with parents at Parents’ Evenings and discussions will take place between Year 5 staff, Deputy Head and Headmaster about the destinations after 11+ for their child, usually 98% or more, progress to the Grammar School (boys) and High School (girls).  Occasionally, children are prepared for other top Independent Schools, often if there is a family connection or if parents are moving out of the area, many winning Scholarships.

The highlight and celebration of the academic successes takes place in June at Prize Giving.  All of the Year 6 pupils receive a prize following their successes at 11+, as well as individual subject prize winners.  Children in Years 3, 4 and 5 are awarded prizes for Attainment, Effort and Discretionary awards.  This is a formal occasion attended by prize winners, staff, parents and governors, and a guest speaker who is asked to present the well-earned prizes to the children. The guest speaker will be then asked, by the Chairman of Governors, to give a short speech about their chosen field or specialism.