Fairfield is a PNEU School, which means that it is affiliated to the Parents’ National Education Union (PNEU). There are PNEU schools throughout the British Isles and the world.
PNEU Schools have always been known to have a well-structured and wide curriculum. The movement started towards the end of the 19th century, influenced by the principles and ideas of a renowned Victorian educationalist, Charlotte Mason, who died in 1923.
She founded the Charlotte Mason Teacher Training College in the Lake District, to train students in her philosophy and methods, as well as all other aspects of education. Her ideas challenged the generally accepted views of how to educate children. She believed that “children are persons” and that teachers and parents should treat them as individuals who need to be stimulated an early age by a broad curriculum, not simply to be trained to read, write and count. That curriculum should contain the best literature, the best art, the best contemporary science etc. At the start of the 21st century these ideas may seem self-evident; they were not self-evident at the end of the 19th century and it could be argued that it is only because of Charlotte Mason and others like her that they are regarded as self-evident now.
During the rest of the 20th century the Charlotte Mason Teacher Training College and the PNEU went through many changes. Charlotte Mason College is now an integral part of St Martin’s College, Lancaster.
Miss Barbara Lambert trained at the Charlotte Mason Teacher Training College in the Lake District as a PNEU teacher and her school followed the traditions of the PNEU whose values and principles were inspired by Charlotte Mason. The School follows these traditions to this day, with particular emphasis on the development of the individual child within a broad and balanced curriculum.
The PNEU Badge and Motto
The bird is a skylark soaring high into the sky. This represents the ability of everyone to rise to great heights and to stay there.
Our motto is: I am, I can, I ought, I will.
“Our son joined Fairfield in Year 2. His teacher discovered he was worried about making mistakes so she taught him that there is a positive side to getting things wrong, that's how we learn and figure things out. It was a huge step forward for our child. From that point to Year 6 he has developed from a shy child into a confident young man.
This school really does take notice of the quiet children.”
Fairfield is accredited by the Independent Schools Council, affiliated to the Independent Schools Association and the Association of PNEU Schools.
Fairfield PNEU School (Backwell) Limited is a company limited by guarantee. Registered in England No. 814684. The company is established for charitable purposes. Charity No. 310215.
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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