How are we doing at Shared Reading?

Recently, we asked you to fill out a brief evaluation of our Shared Reading sessions in EYFS and KS1 and a fantastic 58 of you responded! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your comments, it is through this feedback that we can review our practice and make sure you and your children are supported in the best possible way.

 Out of 58 responses, 57 said that their child enjoys shared reading.

 17 responses were happy with things as they are and chose not to leave extra comments.

 28 of you were extremely positive, adding that there is no need to change Shared Reading in any way at all.

 14 of you added ideas or suggestions for improvement, whilst also saying that they were happy with having Shared Reading available as a time to support their child's learning and wellbeing. 

 Comments and suggestions included:

“Nothing, reading at home is a struggle so being able to share a book with my child makes my week.”

 “Nothing to improve, great idea as we don’t often dedicate as much time as we could to read as other children have homework etc. Found my son loves shared reading.”

 “Access to higher level phonics books to practise (so we know what to aim for)”

 “I think it’s a great idea, I love being able to come into her class read to her, get games and she shows me around her classJ.”

 “Shared reading is a fantastic opportunity to spend time with our child in their learning environment. I really enjoy this and feel it could be a bonus to flick through recent work.”


All of your ideas and comments have passed on to the Headship Team who will be analysing them after half term. Once again, thank you for your time and we are so pleased that so many of you value Shared Reading!


Parent/Teacher Consultations – New Online Booking System

We are holding Parent Consultation Evenings for children in Reception to Year 6 on Tuesday 18th October from 5.30pm – 8.00pm and Wednesday 19th October from 3.30pm to 6.00pm and Nursery Children during the school day on Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th October.

We have introduced a new intuitive and easy to use online appointment booking system. This allows you to choose your own appointment times with teachers and, once you make an appointment, you will receive an email confirming this.  You will only receive a confirmation email if we have your correct email address on our database.  It is, therefore, really important to ensure you have returned your Data Collection Sheet giving your correct email details AND registered on the SchoolGateway at by the end of this week.              

The online booking system is  now open.  Please visit to book your appointment(s).



The first Parent Forum meeting of the year is this Friday 30th September at 9am. This year, Mr Staples will be leading the meetings and other staff will come along to discuss topics as they arise. 

You will also have the opportunity to raise any general issues, so this is a really good opportunity for you to work with the school leadership to make our school even better! Please come to the upper site recpetion - we look forward to seeing you!

For your diary - the second meeting will be on Friday 21st October at 9am. 

Bring a Book to Love Your Library!

Today, your child attended a school assembly which introduced our whole school focus: ‘Bring a Book to Love Your Library.’  

We have asked children to bring any good quality, used reading books, which they are finished with, to donate to their class libraries.  Each book which is donated will have a celebration sticker inside which identifies the child who donated the book.  This not only encourages their friends to read their old books but also develops a sense of pride that they have helped to improve their class libraries.

In addition to this, we are raising funds to purchase new books which the children will also enjoy. Our first fund raising event is on Friday 30th September where children can come to school in non-school uniform for the donation of £1. Please send the money into school so it can be given straight to their class teacher.

Welcome back!

By Robert Staples, Headteacher - Tuesday, 6 September 2016

The future of Fairlands!

By The School Office , - Monday, 27 June 2016

In March 2016, the Department for Education released the document ‘Education Excellence Everywhere’. This ‘white paper’ gave the directive for all schools to become an ‘Academy’ in the future.

At Fairlands, we are extremely proud of everything we have achieved as a school over the past ten years, including the recognition we had at our last Ofsted inspection where we were judged ‘good’ in all areas. The Governing Body and the leadership team are therefore very keen to build on these successes as we seek to implement change, rather than threatening or dismantling any of the leadership, provision or systems which work so well in our school. We want to act proactively so that we can ‘take control of our own destiny’ as we plan ahead for the future. We are also keen for Fairlands to continue to be well-connected in the local community and to work with other local schools to ensure that our children and staff have the best opportunities available to them.  The Governors are confident that by taking control of this Government agenda we can secure the best outcome for our school.

On 21st June, the Governing Body voted unanimously to consult with the wider community about the proposal to convert to an academy. As a school we work with many of the local schools in Stevenage and are proposing to enter into a Multi Academy Trust with a school we have had a partnership with for many years: Camps Hill Primary School.

Please click here to download the full consultation document, and our letter to parents & carers. In response to requests from parents, the consultation will now run until Wednesday, 7 September 2016.

Please read the minutes from Parent Forum on 15 July 2016.