Fairfield High has so much potential, say campaigners

May 30 2014

PARENT campaigners, who were dissatisfied with the secondary education available in the area, have dropped their lobby for a new free school.

PARENT campaigners, who were dissatisfied with the secondary education available in the area, have dropped their lobby for a new free school.
The 'Next Step Horfield' group was set up at the beginning of the year to campaign for better secondary school provisions close to Horfield Common.
However, after visiting Fairfield High School, they were impressed by their vision for the future and how much the school had improved.
The campaigners have now made the decision to support the school, urging other local parents to join them.
A spokesperson from the group said: "Fairfield has so much potential - and capacity - and is keen to work with local parents to help improve the school further. We want Fairfield to become a viable, positive option for local parents.
"The management team were also open to listening to - and working with - local parents to further improve the school and be a part of the community. Fairfield has great facilities, outstanding teaching, capacity and room to expand.
They added: "Quality of teaching and available places were of great concern to the parents who took part in our survey - and Fairfield High has both. So we feel the best way to create positive change is by working with Fairfield as a local school, rather than trying to start again with a free school."
An online survey was carried out by the group, which asked over 600 people their thoughts on existing provisions and floated the idea of lobbying for a new secondary free school.
The survey revealed that 73% would like to send their children to a local school, but were either unhappy with the local provision, or believed that the child will not get a place in their preferred school.
The group worked alongside Fairfield to arrange an open forum, held in March, where parents asked questions to a panel of both teachers and pupils about the school.
According to the group, many parents said they were relieved to find a local school that they could send their child to with confidence.
Fifty-one people attended the open evening.