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Pastoral Support


"Students enjoy coming to school. They feel safe and support each other in a range of activities."


The most important thing to us as a school is the well-being and happiness of our pupils.  We understand that the most motivated learners are pupils who are happy in school, therefore we aim to make sure our pupils feel supported and encouraged, so they can reach their potential.

As a school we want to identify any concerns or issues at the earliest possible opportunity so we can remove any barriers to learning. We try to respond as quickly as possible to any concerns and ensure that difficulties are discussed and resolved in the best possible way.  We understand that every pupil faces different challenges as they go through their school journey.  We want to be able to support our pupils and their families through these challenges and we do this through our Pastoral team.  We believe in working in partnership with teachers, parents/carers, and other specialist agencies to get the best outcomes for everyone.

One of the key relationships for Parents/Carers and pupils is with the Form Tutor.  They are the first point of contact for any issues that may arise.  Our aim is that pupils have the same Form Tutor over the course of their school journey so that good relationships can be built with the them and they feel that there is someone in the school who truly understands their personality, ambitions and what support they may need.  Most importantly our pupils feel that there is someone approachable in school if they need any support or help.

Our Form Tutors are supported by our experienced Heads of Years, Learning Mentors, Attendance and Inclusion Officer.  We also work in conjunction with other agencies such as TLC, the school nurse, Early Help, Children's Social Care and many others.

Our team can provide information, advice and guidance to both pupils and parents/carers in many areas including:

  • Behaviour support/management
  • Emotional help (including anger management and counselling)
  • Building relationships with peers
  • Academic support
  • Restorative approaches
  • Career guidance
  • Support with attendance and punctuality
  • Links and partnerships with external organisations for those more challenging problems


"Warm, positive relationships are evident both in the classrooms and around the school."

Fairfield Ethos

Fairfield High School for Girls prides itself on the excellent behaviour of our pupils, in and out of lessons. Our high expectations help us to maintain a happy, safe and well-organised community and ensure that all pupils are enabled to work hard and receive the best possible education. Below is a summary of our main expectations. Please see the Policy for Outstanding Conduct and Behaviour for more detail alongside our behaviour for learning expectations in lessons. 

Attendance and Punctuality - Pupils have a duty, to themselves and to school to attend every day and on time. Pupils should expect to be regularly challenged by tutors, pastoral staff and the Attendance and Inclusion Manager if they are routinely late or absent. Our school attendance target is 97%.

Conduct Around School - Pupils’ conduct around school (including lunchtime and break) should be orderly and sensible at all times. Safety in school is of the highest importance. Poor, irresponsible or dangerous behaviour will not be tolerated. Whole School Detentions will be given to pupils who do not conduct themselves in a safe and sensible manner.

Uniform - At Fairfield High School for Girls we expect the highest standards of uniform, as laid out in the Fairfax. It is the duty of every teacher to monitor standards of presentation and dress of pupils.  Form Tutors make regular checks of uniform; these are underpinned by visual checks.  Staff on corridors and in teaching rooms are equally vigilant with regard to turnout and propriety of dress. No pupil who is improperly dressed will go unchallenged. Any concerns will be recorded in the Fairfax and if necessary contact may be made with home. Major issues will be referred to Progress Coordinators or the Director of Progress.

Standing - As a mark of respect pupils must stand when a member of staff enters the room at the start and at the end of lessons.

Fairfaxes - Fairfaxes should be neat, tidy and free of graffiti. They should be used correctly to record progress, attendance, home learning and any other relevant information. Fairfaxes are school property and are the primary method of communication between home and school. They should be signed weekly by the tutor and used correctly by the pupils. They should be used for recording homework, assessment data, attendance and targets. The Fairfax is also a vital source of information on events, school rules and staff. Fairfaxes should be on the desks at all times during lessons.

Equipment - Pupils should be fully prepared for the school day. Pupils should bring everything they need ready for the school day. This includes PE kit, calculators and basic equipment like pens and pencils.

Mobile Phones and Technology - Pupils should not bring any unnecessary technology into school. Pupils should not bring mobile phones, iPods and smart watches into school except for health and safety reasons. Pupils should not be seen with earphones, headphones or other evidence of mobile phones. Use of these devices in school is strictly forbidden. School is not responsible for lost or missing devices.

Form Time and Registration - Registrations are a vital part of the school day. Tutors are the first point of contact for all school issues and have a very important relationship with pupils. Form Tutors see their tutees twice a day giving them the perfect opportunity to provide daily support for any number of issues.

Food and Drink - Pupils should eat healthily and responsibly. Energy drinks are banned; pupils drinking them should expect to have them confiscated as part of our Healthy Schools agenda. Chewing gum is also banned on the school site.

Home / School Agreement - At the front of the Fairfax is the Home-School Agreement; this outlines the responsibility of the school, parents/carers and pupils in supporting the high academic and personal development of pupils. This is signed by parents/carers at the start of the new academic year.

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