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Beliefs and Values

beliefs and values

At Fairfields we believe that:

Inclusion is at the heart of all we do

  • We have inclusive classes where children are grouped according to their age and compatibility. When considering class organisation attention is given to models and practices that are designed to meet the unique SEN needs of our pupils enabling them to be educated in an inclusive setting.
  • We support everyone to feel that they have a sense of belonging.
  • We ensure children have opportunities to interact with each other throughout the school day enabling them to develop their communication and social skills.

Children learn best when teaching is memorable, purposeful and meaningful

  • Our curriculum is delivered through a highly personalised approach enabling pupils to follow their own learning journey.
  • We continually develop our skill based curriculum which encourages problem-solving and the ability to reason by generalising skills taught in a range of different learning situations.

All children can achieve

  • All children can achieve because we accurately assess their starting point; carefully track their progress and have clarity about their next steps in learning.
  • All pupils are provided with effective learning experiences which promotes their progress.
  • We ensure that every pupil has the opportunity to experience success in learning and achieve as high a standard as possible.
  • We celebrate all successes recognising that for some children small step progress is an enormous achievement.

How children learn is as important as what children learn

  • We ensure that all our staff have an underlying understanding of how children learn and apply this to their everyday practice.
  • We take account of individual learning styles and motivators.

Children learn when they are happy and secure

  • We foster caring and trusting relationships between pupils and staff.
  • Through our in depth knowledge and understanding of each child we ensure that we meet their physical, social and emotional needs in order to maximise their potential for academic learning.
  • We establish a positive environment in which every pupil is encouraged to respond with socially acceptable behaviour.
  • We provide a happy, secure and caring atmosphere where pupils achieve the highest possible standards.

Our Values include:

British Values

At Fairfields we recognise the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever changing nature of the UK. We promote British Values through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education offering many broad and balanced opportunities for development throughout the curriculum. British Values are integral with our school values: courage, resilience,  determination, kindness and fairness.

British Values have been identified as five key elements detailed below, together with examples of how this is achieved in everyday practice, linked to different areas of the curriculum:

Democracy:  We encourage pupils to play cooperatively, to share, to turn-take. Pupils are encouraged to work as part of a group to solve problems and to negotiate.

The rule of law: Pupils are encouraged to follow school rules, to develop an awareness of behaviour boundaries and behaviour expectations. Pupils respond well to school routines, structures and a variety of social situations.

Individual liberty:  Pupils are encouraged to express their preferences using their preferred communication mode.They are provided with opportunities to express their likes and dislikes; to develop a sense of “self.”

Mutual respect:  Pupils are encouraged to develop an awareness of others. They are provided with opportunities to work and play alongside others, to listen to others and respect differences.

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs: We provide pupils with opportunities to experience cultural customs; encouraging them to respect similarities and differences.

Students and Volunteers

We welcome students and volunteers coming into school and take a variety of professional and work experience students on placement.

For information on volunteering please contact Anne-Marie Hughes via or on 01604 714777.

Our teachers are a dedicated, skilled group of staff with acknowledged expertise and qualifications in the education of children with special needs. Our teaching staff are supported by a variety of other staff during the school day. We have a school nurse and part time support from speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and educational psychologists. Classes benefit from high staffing ratios. 

Our support staff are made up of Cover Supervisors, Higher Level Teaching Assistants and Learning Support Assistants. Their role is to support the learning, care and physical needs of the children within the class. Some children are assessed as being in need of additional support, either to meet their medical or behavioural needs or in order to allow them to interact effectively with their environment or to gain access to the curriculum.

The school has a business manager, office and site staff who deal with the financial, administrative and premises duties within the school. We are committed to the continuing professional development of our staff. We ensure that all staff have access to relevant training to meet both their own personal and professional development needs and to facilitate the development of the school in line with strategic priorities.

All teachers have a wide range of in-service training, particularly in relation to special needs.

Our Leadership Team

  Lesley Elder          Nicky Wood          Sara Clarkson          Clare farley

           Lesley Elder                                        Nicola Wood                                 Sara Clarkson                                   Clare Farley

           Headteacher                                   Deputy Headteacher                      Assistant Headteacher                   School Business Manager

Staff Team Lists

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Leadership Team

Name Role
Lesley Elder Head Teacher
Nicola Wood Deputy Head Teacher
Sara Clarkson Assistant Head Teacher
James Tucker Inclusion Lead
Anne Marie Hughes Upper Key Stage 2 Leader
Michaela Russell Lower Key Stage 2 Leader
Ben Barnett Key Stage 1 Leader
Sophie Hill  Early Years Leader
Clare Farley School Business Manager



Name Role
Sophie Hill & Ruth White Teacher - Duckling Class EYFS
Ann Marie Morton Teacher - Otter Class EYFS
Rosy Jones Teacher - Dormouse Class KS1
Craig Thompson Teacher - Hedgehog Class KS1
Ben Barnett Teacher - Mole Class KS1
Hannah Roberts Teacher - Rabbit Class KS1
Alice Ewers Teacher - Fox Class LKS2
Jordan Sherrington Teacher - Squirrel Class LKS2
Mark Spindler Teacher - Badger Class LKS2
Michaela Russell Teacher - Deer Class LKS2
Lexi Asamani Teacher - Robin Class UKS2
Abigail Kempson Teacher - Owl Class UKS2
Nikki Jones Teacher - Kestrel Class UKS2
Claire Wright Teacher - Kestrel Class UKS2
Anne-Marie Hughes Teacher - Dove Class UKS2


Learning Support Team

Name Role
Abigail Eason Learning Support Assistant
Agnieska Borkowska Learning Support Assistant
Aisling McGown Cover Supervisor
Alice Woods Learning Support Assistant 
Amy Clark Cover Supervisor
Amy Chatterway Cover Supervisor
Amanda Dawson Cover Supervisor
Aneta Darmofal Learning Support Assistant 
Barbara Giza Learning Support Assistant 
Beverley Gee Cover Supervisor
Beverley Fuller Learning Support Assistant 
Cara Jones Learning Support Assistant 
Charlotte Lane Learning Support Assistant 
Chaveze Grant Learning Support Assistant 
Claire Bull Learning Support Assistant
Courtney Dennis Learning Support Assistant 
Elizabeth Peters Learning Support Assistant 
Emma Richards Learning Support Assistant 
Emma Turland Cover Supervisor
Francesca Van Roon Learning Support Assistant 
Gemma Manyweathers Cover Supervisor
Georgia Oliver Learning Support Assistant 
Hayley Roache Cover Supervisor
Helen Cousins Cover Supervisor
Helen Johnson Learning Support Assistant 
Hilarine Thomas Learning Support Assistant 
Jacob Hadley Learning Support Assistant  
Jennifer Brooks Learning Support Assistant 
Jodie Clarke Learning Support Assistant 
Jodie Leach Learning Support Assistant
Jodie Lamb Learning Support Assistant
Joy Scott Cover Supervisor 
Katrina Munson Learning Support Assistant 
Keirston James Learning Support Assistant 
Kelly Allen Learning Support Assistant 
Kelly Timson Cover Supervisor
Kelly Meadham-Smith Learning Support Assistant 
Lauren Marriott Learning Support Assistant 
Lauren Garnett Cover Supervisor 
Leah Eaton Learning Support Assistant 
Ligita Brusokiene Cover Supervisor 
Lorraine Sharpe Learning Support Assistant 
Lousie Thomas Learning Support Assistant 
Lucy Martin Learning Support Assistant 
Lynn Care Cover Supervisor 
Maria Davies Learning Support Assistant 
Marina Forskitt Learning Support Assistant 
Michelle Fensome Learning Support Assistant 
Mozzah Badruu Learning Support Assistant 
Natasia Lewins Learning Support Assistant
Narelle Bowers Cover Supervisor 
Nic Miller Learning Support Assistant 
Osma Khan Learning Support Assistant 
Papori Neog Learning Support Assistant 
Rachael Hibberd Learning Support Assistant 
Rachel Parris Learning Support Assistant 
Rahma Mohamed Learning Support Assistant 
Rosemary Chohan Learning Support Assistant
Rose Evans Learning Support Assistant 
Ruth White Cover Supervisor 
Sarah Shortt Learning Support Assistant
Sam Wright Learning Support Assistant
Sian Maycock Learning Support Assistant 
Sophie Billington Learning Support Assistant
Sophie Clarke Learning Support Assistant 
Stacey Burrows Learning Support Assistant 
Susan Needham Learning Support Assistant 
Susan Allen Learning Support Assistant 
Susan Lewis Learning Support Assistant 
Terry Bird Learning Support Assistant
Tracey Dell Sanders Cover Supervisor
Vicky Wykes Learning Support Assistant 
Wendy Shanahan Learning Support Assistant 
Zoe Dartnell Learning Support Assistant 


Office Team

Name Role
Clare Farley School Business Manager
Jodie Walton Assistant School Business Manager
Katie Cooke Resources Manager
Abbey Townley Review Co-ordinator / Administrator
Louise Wilson Receptionist


Lunchtime Team

Name Role
Gayle Griffiths Lunchtime Supervisor
Angela Marks Lunchtime Supervisor
Meryl Perrin Lunchtime Supervisor
Kelly Anderson Lunchtime Supervisor
Susie Pitman Lunchtime Supervisor
Natalie Kendrick Lunchtime Supervisor
Mozzah Badruu Lunchtime Supervisor 
Kirstie Brown Lunchtime Supervisor


Site Team

Name Role
Dani Halton Site Supervisor
Wayne Coleman Assistant Site Supervisor


Specialist Support

Name Role
Janice Crane Family Support Worker
Beni Constantinou Conductor
Joy Scott Healthcare Assistant
Lorraine Sharpe Healthcare Assistant


Our Governing Body is made up of Parents, Staff, Community and Local Authority Governors. They are responsible for the strategic leadership of the school and ensuring the school runs effectively. They also decide school policies and procedures.

Our Co-Chair of Governors are Katie Usher and Beverley Wright. A welcome letter to parents can be read here. 

Governors serve a four year term. Parent governors are elected and LA and Community Governors are recommended and approved by the Governing Body.

The Governors have two committees – Supporting School Structures (Finance and Personnel, Premises and Health and Safety) and  Excellence and Enjoyment (Curriculum). These are sub committees of the full Governing Body and they make recommendations that are ratified by the full Body.

We expect our governors to undertake any training that will enable them to carry out their role more effectively.

Governors need to have an intimate knowledge of how the school works to enable them to make decisions that ultimately affect the lives and education of the children in their care.

Parent Governor Vacancy

We are pleased to announce that Hayley Fruish has been elected unopposed as our new Parent Governor for a four-year term.

Contacting the Governing Board

If you would like to contact a member of our governing board, please do so by sending your written correspondence to: Clerk to the Governing Board, Fairfields School, Trinity Avenue, Northampton, NN2 6JN or by email .

 Governance Information

Fairfields School Fund

Due to ever restrictive school budgets, it is essential that we raise additional funds to help support and enhance our children's learning environment and opportunties. 

Fairfields School Fund has been set up with charitable status to create an additional funding stream to allow the school to go the extra mile in providing an inspirational education to our wonderful pupils. Parents, former pupils, friends and businesses are invited to make voluntary contributions to enable us to help every pupil in school. 

The School Fund has previously been used for the following:

  • Purchase of school minibus
  • Christmas presents for the children
  • Enrichment - horse riding 
  • School trips & residentials
  • Music lessons

This page will be used to celebrate the companies, charities, individuals and families that have worked hard to support us and generously raise funds for Fairfields School. We will also highlight the projects for which we are currently fundraising and details on how you can help. 

We are currently working on setting up easier ways for our community to get involved, either donating directly or setting up a campaign to support our fundraising efforts, so please keep an eye on this page. 

Individual, Charity & Corporate Sponsers

We fully appreciate the support and generosity from our individual, charity and corporate donations. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our sponsors for their commitment to supporting our amazing school.

If you would like to get involved, please contact us on 01604 714777 or email

Pioneer B ladies Darts team donated £100 in April 2017.

Sugar and Spice Club donated £500 in February 2016 and £625 February 2017.

Thank you Lions Northampton Eighty Club for your generous donation of £686.11 in memory of Lion David. This will help support the development of our sensory garden.

Thank you to the Rotary Club for their generous donation of a sensory arch in memory of Kai & Paul Simpson.

We would like to extend a warm thank you to the family and friends of Lorraine Jennings, one of our retired staff members, who have raised a wonderful £2500 in her memory. We will be using the funds raised to create a new memorial garden as a special place to reflect, remember and celebrate members of our school community who have passed away.



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