Outward looking and forward moving have long been key words in the philosophy of Fairfield School. From 1876 to present day the school has been firmly rooted in its community and has always tried to deliver a high quality education to the children of Cockermouth and its surrounding area.
The first school on the Fairfield site opened in 1876 as a Board School for girls. In 1887 the school expanded into a second building to provide a school for boys. Today these same buildings house our Early Years and Key Stage one pupils.
In 1972 a new purpose built school for Key Stage two children opened on the site next to the original buildings – Fairfield Juniors.
1st September 2013 saw the successful merger of Fairfield Infant and Fairfield Junior Schools to form Fairfield Primary. This new school was led by Andrea Pattinson, previously the headteacher of the Infant school. The school was commended by the Local Authority for its excellent corporate image and seamless transformation into one of the largest primary schools in the county.
In October 2014, one year after its creation, Fairfield primary school had its first Ofsted inspection. The outcomes reflected the hard work and dedication of staff and governors to “bring out the best in every pupil” and the formation of “an ambitious senior leadership team with the capacity to drive further improvement”.
Today Fairfield takes pride in fostering a love of learning and enquiry in its staff and pupils in order to develop curious and creative learners who can think in their own unique way; using a Building Learning Power (BLP) approach. By systematically cultivating habits of mind in every corner of the school we are producing pupils who are confident and resilient in facing new challenges of the 21st century.
Whilst each year pupils leave Fairfield with increased academic success they are also equipped with the important life-long skills of self-discipline, self- awareness, resourcefulness and self-confidence as well as being effective collaborators and communicators.
The development of Forest School has been a key driver in supporting our BLP approach. Here pupils across the school are given opportunities in our own designated forest school at Setmurthy where they have the space and environment to practice and acquire the above skills through activities not possible in the indoor classroom.
As part of the wider effectiveness of BLP, Fairfield has created an authentic whole school approach to well-being and mental health as stated in our core values. As a nurturing school Fairfield provides a bespoke curriculum within a nurture classroom for pupils who need more explicit teaching of the skills and values that lie at the heart of emotional and social wellbeing; providing confidence and promoting resilience and enabling pupils to make improved progress.