Fairfield High School for Girls

Tradition. Vision. Learning.

A Proud History

Fairfield High School is over 200 years old and has seen many changes. It owes its existence to the Moravian Church, a Protestant body originating in the 15th century, in what is now the Czech Republic. The Moravians believed it was their Christian duty to educate the young and ran schools for boys and girls.

In 1796 Sister Mary Tyrrell opened a small girls' boarding school. By 1881 the school had moved to the former Sister's house (now the Moravian College). In 1906 they moved to the present main buildings. By this time Fairfield was gaining a reputation for academic excellence, as the Honours Boards testify.

After the First World War, Fairfield became a grammar school and changed to a comprehensive school in 1979. We are now an 11-16 Academy, providing a high quality education for 975 girls.
In September 2004, as part of the Specialist Schools Programme, we became a Science College. Although we promote and encourage the role of women in our fast-moving, science-based, technological society, we continue to offer a broad and balanced curriculum.


At Fairfield, the Governors, Headteacher, Senior Leadership Team and Staff work together within a tradition of care and service to promote the highest academic standards for all our pupils. We have very high expectations of behaviour and appearance reflecting excellent standards in the classroom.


Fairfield High School for Girls is an outstanding school. This was confirmed by our January 2013 Ofsted inspection. All groups of students make outstanding progress because of outstanding teaching.

"Outstanding teaching results in outstanding learning."
All students have a high regard for their teachers; they enjoy lessons and follow carefully the very helpful advice and guidance given by their teachers. The behaviour of students in and outside of the classroom is exemplary. Their excellent attitudes help them to learn extremely well.
"...excellent progress made by all."
The Headteacher's commitment and determination to improve the school are shared by staff, students and parents. Senior Leaders and the governing body rigorously pursue excellence.


Pupils, parents / carers, staff, and governors all have access to a huge variety of information and resources through the Fairfield Gateway.
Pupils and parents / carers, for example, have all the resources of the Learning Gateway at their disposal, as well as individual pupil information that includes timetables, daily attendance, progress, effort, and behaviour reports.

Tradition • Vision • Learning

  • Investor In People
  • Microsoft IT Academy
  • Healthy Schools
  • Special Schools and Academies Trust
  • Inclusion Quality Mark
  • IAG Gold Award
  • Sainsbury's School Games Silver Award

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Fairfield High School For Girls
Fairfield Avenue, Droylsden, Manchester, M43 6AB
t: 0161 370 1488 // f: 0161 371 1620 // e: admin@fairfieldhigh.tameside.sch.uk
Headteacher: Mr B Hesketh BA (Hons) PGCE NPQH
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