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Welcome 

 
Dear Parents and Carers
 
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 you 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.
 
We were delighted that OFSTED visited us in September 2015 and agreed with our own judgements about Fairlands.

The school is a calm and purposeful place. Pupils are overwhelmingly positive about their school and wear the uniform with pride; pupils look smart and arrive at school well prepared to learn. Classrooms are stimulating learning environments where pupils benefit from strong working relationships with staff and each other. Pupils are confident to ask questions and relish being challenged to think more deeply about their learning; they take pride in their work and appreciate their teachers’ enthusiasm and support.

If you are new to the area, the educational system in the Cheddar Valley comprises of nine First Schools (ages 4 to 9), two Middle Schools (ages 9 to 13) and The Kings of Wessex Academy (ages 13 to 18). 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. 
 
The Governance of our school changed in 2014. Along with Cheddar First School and the First Schools in Shipham and Draycott a new Federation was formed - The Mendip Edge Federation. We now have a single Governing Body working across all four schools. 
 
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 0845 3459122.
 
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