Article and Pictures Courtesy of the Widnes weekly News




By Mark Smith
FAIRFIELD High School has scotched rumours that it is set for imminent closure.
The school claims uncertainty caused by the Government's Building Schools for the Future proposal has already resulted in five children being taken out of the school and a further 10 withdrawing from this year's intake. -
But headteacher Jeff Hughes has moved to reassure the parents of primary school children in the town, who fear Fairfleld's late has already been sealed due to the BSF plans.
The proposed changes include fed­erating1 Fairfield with Wade Deacon for a five year period - which will lead to its eventual closure.
He said: 'I want to reassure parents that we are still very much alive and kicking. The last thing we want is for people to make the authority's decision for it by not enrolling their children.
'It is important for the local community to stand up for what they believe is best.
'The community needs to send out a strong message to the local authority that its BSF proposal has serious flaws and that the Widnes community wants Fairfield to remain an op­tion for their children.1
The school says this year saw its best ever GCSE results and attendance is at an eight-year high.

Headteacher blasts rumours causing uncertainty at school


ASSURANCE: Fairfield headteacher Jeff Hughes has moved to allay parents' closure fears.


A'survey also showed that most ex­isting parents feel Fairfield is 'good' or 'very good'.

Mr Hughes said: 'We are a small school with large school facilities and according to a recent survey of parents our number

one strength is caring teachers.
"Most parents and a growing number of educationalists prefer smaller schools - a place where children feel they belong and receive more personal attention.'
'hi fact we've recently had two boys

start whose family nave just returned from Austria and they chose Fairfield.
'We're also having an open evening so that parents can come and look around -once they see the school they will want to come.'