Academic performance

SATs are taken by many 11-year-old primary school children at the end of Key Stage 2. Until 2016, the national standards expected children to achieve level 4 at this age; children who achieved level 5 were deemed to be working above the national average. Levels were discontinued in 2016 and replaced by a numerical score. Fairfield no longer participates in the SATs assessments.

As can be seen below, Fairfield School children consistently achieved well above the national average in the SATs assessments. However, given our small class sizes, if one child achieved below level 4, this made a difference of approximately 6% to our score.

We are delighted to report that, in the Sunday Times List (published November 2016), Fairfield was ranked 67th in the top 100 independent prep schools for SATs results (KS2 SATs in 2015). This places us far above any other independent schools in the Bristol and wider south west area.


Academic Performance 2017-2018

Academic Performance 2018-2019


Transfer to Senior Schools

We have an outstanding record for preparing children for transfer at age 11 to local independent and maintained senior schools. These schools include:

  • Backwell School
  • Badminton School
  • Bristol Cathedral Choir School
  • Bristol Grammar School
  • Churchill School
  • Clifton College
  • Clifton High School
  • Colston’s Collegiate
  • Colston’s Girls’ School
  • Gordano School
  • St. Katherine's School
  • Nailsea School
  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital
  • Redland High School
  • Redmaids' High School
  • Sidcot School
  • Wells Cathedral School

Academic scholarships are often offered by receiving independent senior schools to our pupils for Year 7 entry. Over the past few years, our pupils have been awarded a significant, high number of scholarships for a wide range of skills and abilities: academic, sporting, music and performing arts. This is a remarkable achievement for a school of our size and one of which we are justifiably very proud. 

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“We moved our son to Fairfield as we felt he needed a nurturing and caring environment coupled with an education to suit his individual needs and, after much consideration, we chose Fairfield as we felt it ticked all the boxes. However, we obviously hoped all we had been told and had seen would be proven once he started.”



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Fairfield is accredited by the Independent Schools Council, affiliated to the Independent Schools Association and the Association of PNEU Schools.

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Classroom, class and staff photographs reproduced with permission from Dave Pratt Photography; Whole school and individual staff photographs reproduced with permission from Colorfoto Ltd.

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