Fairfax is a large secondary academy based in Sutton Coldfield. There are over 1,400 on roll, with a large high-achieving Sixth Form. Fairfax is a mixed gender, non-secular intake, with 25% of student on roll eligible for the pupil premium and 9% currently receiving a free school meal, which are both slightly the national average. English is the first language for 95% of students, with a small number of students who do not speak English fluently. Fairfax is an inclusive school, 9% of students are classified as having Special Education Needs, 2% of students have a statement of special educational needs (SEN) or education, health and care (EHC) plan. Fairfax has a high level of stability and pupils staying in education or employment at KS4 and KS5 are both above the national average.
Students who join Fairfax Sixth Form are completing a two year course culminating in A Level examinations, where sitting the standalone AS qualification has no detrimental effect on the delivery of the course and content. In addition, we offer a small number of BTEC qualifications. For 2016, students choose four subjects to take during Year 12 with the decision to move to three subjects occurring in Year 13. As part of an enrichment programme, we include AS General Studies for all students in Year 12 in order to develop their cultural capital and to gain the skills required for A Level Study with the option of taking this to full A Level in the second year.