Fairlands to Feature on BBC Points West

Although schools have been open throughout lockdown to vulnerable students and key workers, and have even begun re-opening to some year groups in the last few weeks; for those in our middle schools, students have felt disappointed to – until now – not to have the opportunity to come back to school and say goodbye to their friends and teachers one last time before transitioning to the Kings of Wessex.

This all changed however when the government recently changed its advice to schools; partly we would like to think; in response to Fairlands student, Charlotte, who petitioned politicians to think about those students in the three tier system, and adjust their plans to accommodate them too. Charlotte collected more than 600 signatures, and got a response from local MP, James Heappey.

Charlotte being interviewed by Clinton Rogers

Charlotte’s successful campaign to get some face time back in school was picked up today by Clinton Rogers from BBC Points West, who came to Fairlands this afternoon to conduct some socially distanced interviews with Charlotte, Headteacher Mr. Stefan McHale, and Wessex Learning Trust Chief Executive, Mr. Gavin Ball.

We’re incredibly proud of students like Charlotte for using their initiative to bring about a positive change for herself and her peers. The smiles on the faces of all the Year 8s as they walked through the school gates for the first time in three months said everything, and showed how worthwhile her cause had been.

You can catch the report from Fairlands on BBC One, tonight (29/6/20) at 6:30pm

Chief Executive, Gavin Ball, preparing for his interview