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 but when we did, 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

Academic Performance 2019-2020

Academic Performance 2020-2021

Academic Performance 2021-2022:

In 2021-2022 five of our eight Year 6 children took entrance examinations for independent senior schools; all of them were offered places at their choice of senior schools for September 2022 and three of the children gained a total of four scholarships to a range of local independent senior schools. This fantastic achievement is a reflection of their ability, determination and hard work and of their thorough preparation. Our warmest congratulations go to them all and to their families! This takes our total of scholarships awarded by receiving senior schools to our Year 6 children to 96 over the past 18 years; these awards are mainly academic, but also include performing arts, music and sport. This is a remarkable achievement for a school of our size and for the number of our children who apply annually in each of our Year 6 cohorts.

Fairfield tracks and monitors the progress and development of our pupils by using termly assessments in reading comprehension and reading skills and maths; these are nationally recognised standardised assessments whose content matches the 2014 National Curriculum. Although there is no formal definition as to which standardised score is the threshold for a child to be at the expected stage, we can use our assessments to make a judgement against the year-related expectations of the 2014 NC. Results of these assessments have confirmed 100% of our Year 6 children achieved the expected standard or above in the reading comprehension and skills assessments. In the maths assessments, 75% of our Year 6 children (six out of eight children) achieved the expected standard or above. These figures include those of our children with learning difficulties and/or special educational needs.


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
  • Collegiate School
  • Montpelier High School
  • Gordano School
  • St. Katherine's School
  • Millfield
  • Nailsea School
  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital
  • 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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Rated 'Best Independent Prep School in Bristol and the Wider South West Area'

November 2016



Fairfield School

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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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