Fairfield High School is a specialist school in the performing arts and was awarded this status from September 2004. Our school is an 11-16 mixed comprehensive school of 697 pupils and is situated to the north of Widnes town centre, in a pleasant residential area, easily accessible from the Motorways, M56 and M62, and the main road systems.
At Fairfield High School we strive to develop a learning community where learning is enjoyed and we will do this through:
Building an open and collaborative school community
Creating a stimulating learning environment
Inspiring pupils to value and engage actively in their learning
Promoting positive and caring relationships
Believing we can all do better
Our school can trace a history of education on this site from the 16th century but the major buildings in use today are those of two former single-sex secondary schools which amalgamated in the 1960's and became Fairfield High School in 1974. An extensive building programme of £2.5 million was completed in September 1994 which completely transformed the school.
The school is changing as it embraces its specialist status. From September 2005, we are able to offer excellent facilities including a Theatre, 2 Music Rooms, Media Suite, Performing Arts Studio, as well as several practice rooms, not to mention a School Hall and 2 Gymnasiums that are also used for workshops and performances.
Why a specialist college in the performing arts?
Our success in the performing arts has been built on establishing positive relationships between pupils and their teachers, an enjoyment of active learning and on encouraging participation, teamwork and self-discipline. At Fairfield High we strive to develop confident young people with a positive, ‘can do’ attitude towards learning.
We aim to use our specialist status to foster these values in all areas of learning in the school and to encourage performance and celebration as a feature of all our work at Fairfield High. Our philosophy of ‘Enjoy Learning’ is key to all our work.
We also pride ourselves on meeting the needs of all young people, including those identified as gifted or talented as well as those with additional learning needs. We also seek to engage all learners fully in understanding how to make progress and we have developed a system of monitoring pupil progress that provides pupils, parents and teachers with regular feedback to inform future learning needs.
We place a strong emphasis on high standards of appearance and conduct at all times and on pupils accepting individual and collective responsibility within the school and local community. We operate a year based system of pastoral support but we also use a house system to promote good citizenship and foster pupil participation in extra-curricular activities.