​​Welcome 

 

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I am delighted to be able to welcome you to our fabulous school. Thank you for your interest, whether you have children here already or if your son or daughter will be starting at Fairlands Middle School in the future.
 
You will notice at the top of this page we aim to be “caring and inspirational” to enable the children to reach their full potential. We will help the children to grow as young people, prepare them well for the next stage in their learning and challenge them to thrive in our complex and challenging society. To enable this to happen we set out to provide a learning environment in which pupils feel safe, secure and are able to develop their own self-esteem. We emphasise respect for others and a sense of personal and collective responsibility within our community through the Fairlands Standard. The wider perspective of pupils’ learning is central to our school aims and values, and sits alongside supporting the children to achieve the highest possible standards across the curriculum.
 
An Ofsted team of Her Majesty's Inspectors paid a visit to our school in January 2020 and agreed with our judgement that Fairlands Middle School is a 'Good' school. We are very proud that in previous inspections nothing has been judged as anything less than 'Good'.
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In 2014 we re-constituted our governing body to form a Federation with three of our partner First Schools.  The Mendip Edge Federation comprised Fairlands Middle School, Cheddar First School, Draycott and Rodney First School and Shipham First School.  Our single governing body supports all four schools. ​The Federation joined the Wessex Learning Trust on 1 April 2020, which comprises of 9 First School Academies (aged 4​ – 9), Fairlands and Hugh Sexey Middle School Academies (aged 9 - 13), Kings Academy (aged 13 – 18) and Brent Knoll Academy (aged 4​ - 11).

We are very pleased to be a part of this family of schools. We have a particularly strong partnership with Axbridge First School Academy, Cheddar First School, Shipham CE VC First School and Draycott and Rodney Stoke CE VA First School as partner schools where pupils transfer to Fairlands into Year 5. The vast majority of our pupils transfer to The Kings of Wessex Academy into Year 9. 
 
 
Somerset LA is the admission authority for our school and places will be allocated in accordance with their published arrangements. Copies of these arrangements can be obtained by calling Somerset Direct on 0300 123 2224.
 
We regard it as essential to develop a partnership between home and school. At Fairlands Middle School we welcome parental involvement in your child’s education. Parents strongly support us in our educational, social and fund-raising activities. Similarly, we are greatly indebted to the local community, private individuals, local associations and members of the business and commercial sector. 

 I hope this website will give you some useful and interesting information about our school and will answer many of your questions. If you want to know more please do not hesitate to contact us.
 
Yours sincerely,

Stefan McHale

Headteacher