Dr Lynda Brereton
Fairstead House is a private day School and Nursery for boys and girls aged from rising three to eleven, situated in the heart of the horseracing town of Newmarket, Suffolk, near to Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds.
Fairstead House will provide your child with a unique introduction into the world of learning and discovery. We offer a bespoke and exciting education for boys and girls aged from rising 3 until 11
years old. As one of the leading preparatory schools on the outskirts of Cambridge, we are extremely proud of our high academic standards, our superb pastoral care and the happy, enriching environment we provide for our children.
Conveniently located in the centre of Newmarket on the Suffolk/Cambridgeshire border, we are an excellent choice for parents looking for a independent Nursery and School in a rural setting but with the rich cultural resources of Bury St Edmunds, Cambridge and Ely a short distance away.
I warmly invite you to visit us and to meet the staff and the children. I look forward to meeting you and showing you all that Fairstead House can offer your children.
Off to a Flying Start
Pastoral care and the development of the children’s unique characters and spiritual wellbeing are equally as important to us as academic success and achievements. Teachers are dedicated to building an empathetic rapport with their pupils and ensuring that each child feels valued and supported. We cultivate a nurturing but challenging environment for the children to thrive in with a strong ethos of mutual understanding and trust. We firmly believe that these cooperative and collaborative relationships facilitate creative thinking and independent learning in the children and equip them with skills that will remain for their entire lives.
We are certain that we can provide a wonderful introduction to the world of education that will allow your children to embrace learning for life.
Staying the Course
We feel it is very important for learning to be broad, balanced, creative and exciting and for children to be fully involved and active in their learning from the day they start in our Nursery until the day they move on to their Senior School.
The small classes at Fairstead House School enable the teachers to understand and be attuned to the needs and wants of each individual child. Expert tuition helps to bring to life the whole learning experience, allowing the children to fully develop their understanding of a wide range of subjects and activities from Nursery up to Year 6. Our rich, broad and balanced curriculum combined with inspirational and innovative teaching allows our children to flourish. All children in Key Stage 2 are taught Classical Greek by a specialist Classicist. The teaching of a classical language has been proven to significantly increase literacy levels for all children. An exciting initiative, indeed! We have a dedicated ‘Learning Hub’ within the School to provide any additional support if needed or to hone a child’s skills in a particular area.
Lessons at Fairstead House are not confined to the classroom. The children take part in a wide range of outdoor activities including our Forest School activities on a local private Suffolk estate for our youngest children or using the extensive sports facilities at our disposal.
We view creative and performing arts (Music, Drama, Art and Design Technology) together with sport (Physical Education and Games), as vital parts that balance the academic curriculum and we have specialist teachers as well as excellent facilities to encourage the development of skills in all of these areas.
A Clear Front Runner
Physical Education plays a very important part in the life of the school, both curricular and extra-curricular. Children are encouraged to achieve their full potential, to understand what is involved in being part of a team, to appreciate fair play and to learn the values of good sportsmanship.
A wide range of games are taught by specialist coaches including; rugby, football, netball, hockey, rounders, athletics, cross country, tennis and cricket in addition to gymnastics and dance. Swimming is taught to children in Years 1 and 2.
Regular fixtures are arranged at Under 9 and Under 11 with many other independent preparatory schools in Cambridge, Suffolk and Norfolk, together with local primary schools in Newmarket. House matches take place each term in football, rugby, netball, hockey, cricket and rounders and this gives all of the children in the Prep school the opportunity to proudly represent their house.
Both the Nursery and the Preparatory School have an established House system with children from all years in different ‘Families’ within each House, promoting interaction and friendships across the year groups. The ‘Families’ are led by the older children who will have themselves progressed through the School and fosters leadership skills and responsibility. We have an active and effective School Council, with representatives from all year groups ensuring the views and ideas of the children are aired.
Residential Trips and Day Outings form a vital part of the broad, balanced and creative education that Fairstead House Preparatory School provides. We are fortunate to have easy access to the cultural resources of nearby Cambridge for even our smallest children to visit. More adventurous, residential trips (such as climbing Mount Snowdon) are popular with our older children.
Our children are superbly prepared for their onward journey to a wide variety of Senior Schools. Children often continue to independent schools in Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds and Ely. Many achieve scholarships in a diverse range of subjects such as academia, music, drama and sport. Fairstead children are characterised by their confidence, independence, respect for others and innate enthusiasm for learning.
A Fairstead education seeks to kindle each child’s passion for learning, to fulfil their individual potential and to instil a questioning spirit to inspire them from Nursery on throughout their lives.