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Tuesday October 8 2019

Fairfield School celebrates 84th Founders Day




Fairfield School celebrates 84th Founders Day

Fairfield School in Backwell has celebrated 84 years since it was first opened, with a special celebration to honour its founder Barbara Lambert.

Past and present pupils joined teachers, parents, governors and friends of the independent school to mark the Founders’ Day celebration with a service followed by a reception of tea, cake and sandwiches.

The service included readings, musical performances, hymns and prayers as well as a special address by headmistress Lesley Barton and speeches from three alumni, two of whom have just completed GCSEs and one who has just started at university. All three alumni spoke eloquently of the happy memories they have of their primary education at Fairfield and of the importance to them of the strong values the school teaches.

The occasion was also attended by a special guest – the very first pupil on the school’s register when it opened on 25 September 1935, with a total of eight pupils. Former Royal Navy Commander Alastair Anson OBE travelled from London with his wife Lavinia to be at the event.

Mrs Barton said: “Our Founders’ Day Service is always a highlight of the calendar and a lovely way for past and present pupils to come together and celebrate the achievements of our school over the years.

“It’s a way for us all to remember and thank the people who were instrumental in starting our school and to reflect on the values they instilled, which are the same values we teach our pupils today.

“Over the past 84 years Fairfield School has evolved to meet the needs of its pupils but our ethos remains the same. Tolerance, compassion, kindness and helpfulness are qualities we teach from an early age and this, combined with our broad and stimulating curriculum, our evolving programme of renovations and investment in facilities and our excellent teaching staff, makes this a very special place for children to learn and grow.

“The presence of our past pupils who joined us in our celebrations and who regularly pop back to say hello reflects the love they have for their early years spent with us.

“It was wonderful to welcome back Commander Anson and for our guests to share the lovely birthday cake made by our kitchen staff!”

Fairfield School is an independent co-educational school for children aged 2 to 11. Class sizes are limited to a maximum of 20 at Fairfield School, with many much smaller. There is a very wide range of clubs and activities, sport, music and drama to excite the interest of pupils.  

The school is a member of the Independent Schools’ Association (ISA) which indicates that the quality of the school is regularly monitored and assessed. For more information about Fairfield School visit https://fairfield.school/ 



"Our Founders Day Service is always a highlight of the calendar and a lovely way for past and present pupils to come together and celebrate the achievements of our school over the years."
Lesley Barton








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