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FMAT Games

FMAT Games 2022
Our athletics squads competed in the annual FMAT Games on Thursday, 14 July against our other Trust Schools.
Each team won their categories, junior girls with 137 points, junior boys with 168 points, inter girls with 150 points and inter boys with 172 points.
We would like to congratulate each and every athlete for their excellent efforts.
Well done Fairfax!

Beauty and The Beast wins rave reviews


After a two year gap, staff and students came together this week to make the summer musical of Beauty and the Beast a smash hit! 

Read about it here at Sutton School life: 

Fairy tale fun at Fairfax as for more than 100 students stage Beauty and the Beast

House Athletics Championship Day 2022


Congratulations Warwick House Champions! 🏆 #letsgowarwickletsgo
Minors Y7 Winners Stratford
Juniors Y8 Winners Coventry
Inters Y9-10 Winners Warwick
Seniors Y11-13 Winners Warwick

Mental Health Awareness Week


On Tuesday Year 7 took part in the National Literacy Trust’s “Take 10” challenge as part of Mental Health Awareness Week, led by Ant & Dec who spoke about the importance of reading for well-being. Students also thought about what makes them happy and designed their own “Positivity Pictures” which will be entered into Ant & Dec’s “Pass the Positivity” competition.

Languages Competition


MFL NEWS: Congratulations to our latest languages competition winners, who are pictured. Their task was to share their experiences of learning a language at school or to share their experiences of speaking a language they use in their home or community (except for English!), over the last 18 months during Covid and lockdown. We received some excellent entries, including an outstanding video entry from Tom. Glückwünsche und Félicitations.



Table Cricket Competition


Our Fairfax Table Cricket team won all three of their group games to ensure they made it to the final yesterday. However, they lost the final – by only 15 runs.

Although this was a missed opportunity to make it back to the Lords National Final, the team are already talking about next year!

The team (with representation from all four houses) are:
Humzah Mudhir (Captain) – Warwick
Joal Phillips – Stratford
Lilly McCauley – Coventry
Sam Stinson – Kenilworth
Cao Tran – Coventry


Young Writer's Mini Sagas Competion

HUGE congratulations to 22 Fairfax students who have been selected to have their work published: Zac, Zach, Natalia, Paras, Olivia, David, Baar, Sophie, Rose, Josh, Alfie C, Ruby, Mark, Ella, Evie, Isabel, Holly, Isabella, Alfie H, Martha, Lucas and Jonathan!
This competition received over 10,000 entries so this is a great achievement.

‘The Diamond Suite’ Opening

Thank you to The Right Honourable Andrew Mitchell MP for visiting Fairfax last week to open our new multi purpose suite!

Languages Spelling Bee


Thursday saw the finals of our French and German Spelling Bee competitions. A huge congratulations to our 2022 finalists.
It was a close competition, but we have our champions. A massive well done to our German champion Amalia (Year 7) and well done to our French champion Ellie (Year 10), who both took home the Spelling Bee trophy and an Easter egg.
Commiserations to Oliver, Sarah, Louise and Anfaal who finished as runners-up. They took home their mini-trophies and some chocolates. Thank you all for being great competitors and hope you will take part again next year!

National Pi Day Competition


Last month the maths faculty celebrated Pi day with a variety of activities but also asked students to celebrate pi day by researching the history and importance of Pi. It was overwhelming the quality and amount of entries that the maths faculty received. We will be awarding prizes this week.

House Swimming Gala 2022

Warwick House
Winner of the MINOR CUP (Y7) – Stratford House
Winner of the JUNIOR CUP (Y8) – Warwick House
Winner of the INTER CUP (Y9-Y10) – Coventry House
Winner of the SENIOR CUP (Y11-Y13) – Kenilworth House
Thank you to everyone who supported our Music Evening on Wednesday.
Well done to our performers!
You were all fantastic!
Thank you to our PTA for refreshments too!

Fairfax Has Got Talent 2022

Congratulations to Phoenix from Kenilworth House – Winner of FHGT 2022!
Well done to 2nd place Runner Up Niah (Coventry), Joint 3rd place Keira (Coventry) and Jess (Warwick), and all our competitors!

Dance Evening

Thank you to everyone who supported our Dance Evening.
Well done to our dancers!
You were all superb!
Thank you to our PTA for refreshments too!

British Science Week

To mark British Science Week, our student librarians arranged science-related activities at lunchtime.
Students had fun learning about structures and forces whilst trying to build the tallest marshmallow and spaghetti tower, and about chromatography, flight and magnetism!

Year 7 Rugby

Y7 Rugby 🏉 UPDATE
It’s been a very busy week for our Y7 Rugby Team – a nice way to end their first season!
Most students had never played rugby before September, and they have come on leaps and bounds!
Well done everyone! 👏

Year 9 Rugby

Rugby 🏉 Update
On Tuesday, our Y9 Rugby Team represented Fairfax in the U14 Tom Mole Memorial VIIs Tournament at Old Swinford Hospital, and they made it to the Plate Quarter Final.
Some good rugby against some top competition!
Well done everyone!

Hockey News

HOCKEY 🏑 Tournament
Well done to our 3 squads playing tonight in the Sutton Hockey Tournament on the new Astro pitch!

World Book Day 2022

Student Librarians ran book-related games in the library today for World Book Day!
Games included A Spoonful of Sugar, Precious Things, Spell Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, and Around the World in 80 Seconds.

Boccia and Kurling Competition

Boccia and Kurling Competition NEWS
BMet College
On Wednesday our team won bronze medals 🥉 🥉🥉– after competing against 10 other teams.
Congratulations to Humzah Y11, Louise Y7 and Kassey Y7! Well done!

The 'Fairfax' Eisteddfod on s4c Wales

Welsh to English translation:
If you were to ask people in Wales to explain what an Eisteddfod is, most people would be able to answer you.
Many of us have fond – or perhaps uncomfortable – memories of competing during our time at school.
Although the competition is a familiar part of childhood here in Wales, it is rare to see children folk dancing or competing annually for the chair beyond Offa’s Dyke – except possibly in Patagonia.
But it is not necessary to travel to Patagonia to find an Eisteddfod beyond Wales, as Eisteddfod tradition continues in a small corner of the Midlands.
One school has held an annual Eisteddfod for over 60 years.
Although Fairfax Academy is based in Sutton Coldfield, near Birmingham, pupils have competed in the school Eisteddfods since 1961.
The first Eisteddfod was hosted by the school’s founder, Gordon Philpott, after he founded the academy in 1959.
Secondary school teachers are not sure why Mr Philpott decided to introduce the Welsh tradition to an English-medium school.
Some suspect that the tradition began after a suggestion from a Welsh mathematics teacher who was a member of the school staff in the early years.
Despite the mystery surrounding the origins of the Eisteddfod, the school’s pupils are keen to compete every year.
“The pupils love it,” said Rachel Boyce, one of Fairfax’s deputy headteachers, and Eisteddfod Coordinator.
“There are so many of them taking part, and there’s so much enthusiasm for getting involved.
“It’s a unique feature of the school and it’s an attraction for parents to send their children to our school.”
The Fairfax Eisteddfod includes traditional elements that are familiar to us, such as recitation and creative writing.
But it also includes some that are rare in Wales, including a cookery competition called ‘Cogydd’ -the ‘Chef Cup’.
Mrs Boyce said the school is proud to host an annual Eisteddfod and the opportunity it gives pupils to be creative and participate in the arts.
“It’s an opportunity for leadership, it’s an opportunity to improve confidence, there are so many opportunities for pupils to develop as individuals,” he said.
“We see some pupils we never expected to see on stage and pupils join dance and music clubs after the Eisteddfod.
“It’s very exciting and it’s almost the biggest event at school every year.”
Mrs Boyce added that the impact of the Eisteddfod on the pupils was incredible and other schools should consider introducing the competition.
“A member of Fairfax told me that she was on a plane and was sitting next to someone else who went to Fairfax, and the first thing she asked was: ‘Are they still holding the Eisteddfod?
“It’s obviously what stays with people after they leave, and they never forget it.
“We can sell four times the number of tickets for Eisteddfod nights because parents and former pupils want to come too.
“I would encourage other schools to look at the example of the Eisteddfod as a way of celebrating culture, arts and performance in the school.”
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Netball Success

Congratulations to the Year 7 girls who attended the Sutton Schools’ friendly competition this week.
In the team’s first games they drew with Bishop Walsh 3-3 and beat Arthur Terry 4-1.
Well done to all of our players!

ARKS Assembly


ARKS Congratulations to our latest awardees – who have received 12 merits: 3 for Ambition, 3 for Respect, 3 for Kindness and 3 for Safety – Well done everyone!

Thank you to all parents and carers who attended the assembly.  






Remembrance Day


Thank you to members of the RAF Veterans Association, the Royal Welch, the British Caribbean Veterans Association, the WRAF Women’s Royal Air Force and the British Legion, who joined us on 11th November.

Our thanks also to staff and students who attended the local services at Walmley and Sutton Town Hall.  



Tutor Time Reading Programme

We are really excited about our Tutor Time Reading Programme. Twice a week, during registration, students are reading a book together with their form tutor.

Each year group is reading a different book:
Year Seven: ‘Checkmates’ by Stewart Foster and ‘Back Home’ by Michelle Magorian.
Year Eight: ‘Trash’ by Andy Mulligan and ‘Bone Sparrow’ by Zana Fraillon
Year Nine: ‘The Boy who Steals Houses’ by C.G. Drews and ‘I am Malala’ by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb
Year Ten: ‘The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling’ by Wai Chim
Year Eleven – Thirteen: ‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama

Why are we doing this?
There is growing evidence to suggest that reading is one of the best ways to improve academic performance in the long-term.
Texts have been selected extremely carefully to ensure that the narratives address age appropriate themes as well as giving students the opportunity to explore diverse life experiences, cultures and identities while increasing their reading skills and vocabulary knowledge.

Tutors and students are really enjoying reading the books! Please do ask your child about the book they are reading.

European Week of Languages

Staff and students at Fairfax celebrated the European week of Languages with a series of fun activities, led by the Modern Foreign Languages team.

During the week of 27th September each day was dedicated to a different European language and students were encouraged to answer registers in all lessons using the greeting of the day. 

Every morning in registration, there was a quiz about the country of the day. The winning tutor group was K01, who received a box of Celebrations to share amongst the form.  

Then at lunchtime students got involved in a language themed activity – such as bingo in French, watching Black Panther in German and learning some new phrases in Spanish. 

Students in years 7 and 8 also took part in a flag challenge, where they had to find the ten teachers around school who were wearing flag badges for the week and identify the country they were representing.  Well done to Keira Ly and Thom Ashworth (in year 7) and Henri Hoxha, Primrose Hobday, Grace Corbett (in year 8) who won prizes for finding all ten. 

Every student who took part in any of the activities during the week also received points towards their Language Colours.

Language Ambassadors

October 2021

The Modern Foreign Languages faculty are really excited to be appointing our very first Language Ambassadors at Fairfax.  GCSE French and German students in year 10 were invited to apply for this new role by writing a letter about why learning languages is important for them and why they believe languages are an important part of an enriching curriculum.  As a result, 12 lucky students have been selected and they are beginning their roles.  Their aim is to be student role models and to promote French and German to the rest of the school.  They will encourage, help and encourage students to choose languages as part of their GCSE options.  The ambassadors will also help the MFL teachers to organise language-based activities throughout the year.

Language Colours

October 2021

For the first time, all students in year 7 have the opportunity of achieving their Language Colours at Fairfax.  By participating in a number of key language activities, students will gain points towards their colours.  When they have reached each milestone they will then have to complete a written verb challenge before receiving their badge.

JUNIOR COLOURS- French/German Pin Badge   

Participation in 5 language based school activities or competitions, plus the revision and conjugation of 5 common verbs in the present tense in your language.

 HALF COLOURS- French/German Badge

Participation in a further 5 language based school activities or competitions, plus the revision and conjugation of 10 common verbs in the present and past tense in your language.

 FULL COLOURS- Languages Bar Badge

Participation in a further 5 language based school activities or competitions, plus the revision and conjugation of 15 common verbs in the present, past and future tense in your language.

 Examples of language based school activities and competitions:

  • 12 days of Christmas word competition.
  • Open evening volunteering.
  • Language Ambassador meetings.
  • Online vocabulary/work challenges.
  • Participation in European Week of Languages.
  • Participation in cultural competitions related to your language.
  • Suitable extra-curricular work.
  • Year 7 research project.

For more details please contact Mr Young, Head of German.


Hockey News

October 2021

Well done to our U15s Hockey team, playing in the Sutton Schools Hockey Tournament! #makingfairfaxproud

Thank you to Fairfax PTA for providing our ‘team kit’ too!

Are you ready for 'ARKS'?

September 2021 
Following the success of our ‘ARKS’ programme last year, we are looking forward to rewarding our students who display the Academy’s key values. 

10 September 2021

It’s good to see you! 


All students have returned to Fairfax after our staggered start, and we are so proud of how well everyone is settling back into school life.
It is a pleasure to see students working hard in their lessons and displaying our ARKS values of Ambition, Respect, Kindness and Safety.

Summer Exam Success

Fairfax Examination Results August 2021

Congratulations to all our GCSE and A Level students! We are hugely proud of all the hard work and

achievements of our students, especially after such a tough and disrupted year, our students showed maturity and resilience throughout extraordinary times and we are so proud of how focussed they were on returning to ischool following the winter lockdown. Our teachers and staff worked tirelessly to ensure student progress, and we wish all of our students every success in their next phase of education or training or employment.