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Happy days at Fairfield High

The Bristol school scored highly in the National Happiness Awards

Posted by Julian Owen | February 20, 2019 | School life

Fairfield High School (FHS) in Horfield, Bristol, has been rated ‘highly commended’ in the Happiest Secondary School category of Laughology’s National Happiness Awards. The school says it is a recognition of its “pioneering work and dedication to all within its community,” such as the 40 flags hung in the atrium, each representing the country of origin of a child who has attended the school. 

A recent Ofsted inspection stated “you have established a very harmonious and inclusive school. You serve a rich and culturally diverse population. Pupils respect and value the knowledge they gain from this.” 

FHS also cites the variety of methods deployed to support the physical and mental wellbeing of students and staff, including dance therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy for students, and art therapy with outside agencies. Before Year 11 exams, students are offered a range of coping strategies, including meditation, yoga and relaxation techniques.

Nick Lewis, principal of FHS, said: "For a long time we have recognised and prioritised the wellbeing of our staff and students. We are, therefore, over the moon to be finalists, from hundreds of entries, in these very special awards, which speak volumes about the community which we have created and nurtured. I would like to thank everyone for this tremendous achievement."


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