Fairlands Middle School

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Fairlands Middle School
Fairlands Middle School logo.jpeg
Motto Caring and Inspirational
Established 1976[1]
Type Community school
Headteacher Peter Elmy
Location Masons Way
BS27 3PG
England Coordinates: 51°16′30″N 2°46′16″W / 51.2751°N 2.7712°W / 51.2751; -2.7712
Local authority Somerset County Council
DfE URN 123888 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 522[2] as of January 2012
Ages 9–13
Website www.fairlands.somerset.sch.uk

Fairlands Middle School is a middle school with 500 pupils aged between 9 and 13 as of January 2012,[2] located in Cheddar, Somerset, England. The school, which was established in 1976,[1] is a middle-deemed-secondary school meaning that it takes pupils of secondary school age while providing both Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 education. Fairlands is part of the Cheddar Valley Community Learning Partnership,[3] a three-tier education system which comprises nine first schools, two middle schools and one secondary school.[1] Pupils enter Fairlands from first schools in Cheddar and the nearby villages of Draycott, Shipham and Axbridge. In year 9 pupils move to The Kings of Wessex Academy, also in Cheddar.


The 1976 Education Act abolished the tripartite education system of grammar and secondary modern schools in England and Wales. Up to this point, the area was served by The Kings of Wessex School secondary modern and Sexey's Grammar School in Blackford near Wedmore.[4] In 1976, the three-tier Cheddar Valley Community Learning Partnership was established, creating a system of first, middle and comprehensive upper schools in the area.[1] The Kings of Wessex School became a comprehensive, Sexey's Grammar School became Hugh Sexey Church of England Middle School serving half of the Cheddar Valley,[5] and Fairlands Middle School was established to serve the other half.

In September 2010, Fairlands was one of the first two middle schools in England to be awarded specialist Technology College status.[6]

In 2011, Fairlands was twinned with School 108 in the central Russian city of Yekaterinburg,[7] as part of the BBC Olympic Dreams project.[8] Both schools will use the partnership for cultural exchange, and to follow the progress of high jumper and former School 108 pupil Ivan Ukhov in the 2012 Summer Olympics.[8]

Academic performance[edit]

In 2010, 68% of pupils achieved Level 4 in mathematics and English in the National Curriculum assessment for Key Stage 2.[9] This was below the national average of 73% and the Somerset County Council average of 75%,[9] and a drop on the school's achievement for the previous four years.[10] In 2009, an inspection by Ofsted rated the school as good on a four point scale of outstanding, good, satisfactory, and poor.[3] The report praised the school's standard of education, leadership, teaching and expectations by both staff and pupils, all of which had improved since the previous inspection in 2006.[3]

Notable pupils[edit]

Notable pupils at the school include comedian Richard Herring,[11] whose father was headteacher at The Kings of Wessex School.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Fairlands Middle School Prospectus" (PDF). Fairlands Middle School. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Fairlands Middle School". EduBase. Department for Education. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Fairlands Middle School". Inspection Reports. Ofsted. 19 March 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "History of the School (Sexey's Grammar School)". Old Sexonians. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "Hugh Sexey's Middle School". Old Sexonians. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "Somerset schools are the first to gain specialist status". Cheddar Valley Gazette. 16 September 2010. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Ivan's Ukhov's school - No 108, Russia". BBC Sport. 10 September 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Pupils linked with Russian high jumper's former school". Cheddar Valley Gazette. 23 December 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "Primary schools in Somerset". 2010 Education League Tables. BBC News. 14 December 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "Fairlands Middle School". 2009 Education League Tables. BBC News. 1 December 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  11. ^ "Interview with Venue magazine". Journalism archive. Richard Herring. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 

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