Giving students the opportunity to expand their learning outside of the classroom and curriculum is important for progress and attainment. At Highfields, we offer students a number of Extended Learning opportunities to consolidate, enrich and extend their learning.
Our Extended Learning programme has been designed to expand on the knowledge, understanding and skills that students develop in school, allow them to engage in wider reading and research of topics, whilst gaining practical skills to prepare them for their future learning.
The Engineering and Electronics club is among the Extended Learning groups available for students.The lunchtime club is highly practical, giving students the chance to design and make a range of electronic products.
A new drone club has also been launched as a collaboration between Computer Science and Design & Technology departments, allowing students to design, build and programme their own drone.
Our STEM group meets weekly to enrich the curriculum in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to improve attainment, establish industry links and encourage students to continue their education in STEM subjects beyond Key Stage 4. The club hosts a regular supply of visitors to bring STEM subjects to life.
Highfields also runs The Brilliant Club to give pupils with high potential the chance to work with PhD students and get practical university experience. Each year, around a dozen students from Highfields are chosen to take part in the project, which aims to widen access to top universities for outstanding pupils.
Our Literacy Champions group enables students with a love of literature to expand on their writing skills outside of the classroom and analyse texts they have read, whilst we also produce a termly school newspaper, called The H, which gives students the chance to source newsworthy content from around school, edit articles and design eye-catching pages under the guidance of a professional journalist.