Lord Agnew visits FHS
Fairfield High School (FHS), part of Excalibur Academies Trust (EAT), was honoured last month to welcome Lord Agnew, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System, to meet staff and students.
Lord Agnew spent time with EAT’s Chief Executive Dr Patrick Hazlewood, FHS’s Executive Principal Catriona Mangham and Principal (Acting) Nick Lewis, whilst also meeting other members of the Senior Leadership Team and student body (including its Head Boy and Girl).
One of Lord Agnew’s many responsibilities include academies and multi-academy trusts.
For this reason, FHS was delighted to have the opportunity to introduce Lord Agnew to its over-subscribed academy with diverse student population; more than 40 flags hang in the school’s Atrium, representing the nationalities of its staff and students.
Lord Agnew’s successful career in most recent years has seen him as a “non-executive director at the Department for Education from 2010 to 2015, and Chair of the Academies Board from 2013 to 2015” having “previously worked closely with ministers to help drive forward improvement across the school system”.
Nick Lewis, Principal (Acting) at FHS comments: “We were privileged to welcome Lord Agnew to Fairfield. We are having quite simply an amazing year; the figures for this September tell us that we are absolutely the school of first choice for our local community, with a staggering 30 per cent increase in first-choice applications from previous years. With this in mind, we showed Lord Agnew what makes Fairfield so special, which is beyond excellent teaching and learning, an extraordinary mix of social skills, tolerance and acceptance of diversity.”