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Particularly noticeable is how curiosity, critical thinking and creativity are encouraged at every turn. ‘Fairfield is interested in the whole rounding of your child rather than just push, push, push on academics,’ said one parent. It’s all about sparking the imagination, whether that’s through seeing chicks hatch, visiting the beehives, taking part in the Fiver Challenge to set up a business venture for £5 or exploring frozen dinosaur eggs…

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What the school says...

At Fairfield Prep School, children discover a learning environment which is happy and stimulating, at the heart of a vibrant school community. Children enjoy first-class teaching with the facilities to match, including a brand new school building with a dedicated Kindergarten Unit, the Fairfield Forest School, and the ‘All-Steinway’ LSF Music Department. The school offers a broad and balanced education appropriate to the needs of children in its care, which combines traditional and family values within an enlightened and ever-challenging curriculum. Fairfield is part of the Loughborough Schools Foundation and was rated ‘Excellent’ in all aspects by the Independent Schools Inspectorate in March 2016. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2013, Andrew Earnshaw, previously head of Nottingham High Junior School and before that, deputy head at Beeston Rylands School. Down-to-earth and self-deprecating, he has worked in both state and independent schools, as well as at The British School in Saudi Arabia. Educated at Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School, and the University of Lancaster. His wife is on the teaching team and their two sons have been through Fairfield and are now at the grammar.

Though he says he never set out to be a head (don’t they all?), he describes his role as ‘Willy Wonka’s golden ticket: a once in a lifetime opportunity,’ and relishes the challenge of continual improvement, whether that’s for the school (£8m pre-prep development), the pupils (mini-quizzes after each book read), the teaching staff (emphasis on...

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Special Education Needs

As an academically selective school, all children must pass an entry assessment to join one of our classes from 3+ upwards. Following this, provision for any child with additional needs will be made in the most appropriate way, within the constraints of available resources. We have experience of supporting pupils with additional needs, but we do not have specialist provision for these. In February 2023, Fairfield was successful in its re-accreditation of the NACE Challenge Award for More Able, Gifted and Talented pupils. There is also now provision for neurodiversity and Specific Learning Difficulties.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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