Fairwater High School
FAIRWATER HIGH SCHOOL
Fairwater High School is a true comprehensive school that serves its local community in the heart of Cwmbran. There are approximately 774 pupils on roll, including 178 in the Sixth Form, and 50 full and part time teaching staff.
The school occupies an attractive open, elevated position, surrounded by trees and with views across the Bristol Channel. Premises consist of two main blocks and two specialist blocks. A leisure centre exists on the school site and this provides excellent PE facilities for the school during the school day. Other facilities include four ICT rooms, a drama theatre, a library, a main hall and a separate dining hall. There is an ongoing programme of refurbishment; the most recent phase included the opening of a Learning and Resource Centre in Lower School, a number of classroom refurbishments and new pupil toilets in Upper and Lower Schools. All departments have at least 1 interactive white board and all teachers have laptops and projectors.
The school’s pupils are drawn from a diverse social background; many are from professional backgrounds, while a significant number are from homes that suffer from social and economic deprivation. The school is adapted for pupils with physical disability and a number of pupils use wheelchairs. 31 pupils have a statement of special need within the main stream of the school and 210 are on the SEN register. In 2005 a support base opened on the school site for pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
A range of strategies is in place to further raise standards of achievement. The school was successful in obtaining funding to operate a project aimed at transforming teaching and learning methodologies and this has had a clear impact. There is extensive use of individual pupil data and there have been major curriculum development. .
There is a strong school tradition of activity and pupil achievement outside the classroom. There are regular productions organised by the Music and Drama Departments. The school has an outstanding tradition in debating and public speaking. There is a regular programme of charity activities throughout the year and an annual programme of visits and trips overseas, including a ski-ing trip during the Easter holiday.
The school also operates a Post 16 Sports Academy. Up to 30 students belong to the Academy, taking academic courses while also undertaking training in football.