Happy New Year

Happy New Year and welcome back to Highfields!

There has been a very positive start to the new term helped by some good weather, particularly at lunchtimes, enabling students to make the most of outdoor facilities.

Timber Tangle

Students may remember, from the old buildings,  the ‘Timber Tangle’ and the outdoor basketball hoops which I am pleased to announce will be back in use very soon; we have had to address several health and safety issues which have delayed their return to use.

   Students using the Timber Tangle, previously situated near the South Block of the old building, back in 2011.

Students using the Timber Tangle, previously situated near the South Block of the old building, back in 2011.


Year 11 Presentation Evening

The first highlight of the new year was Presentation Evening where last year’s Year 11 received their Examination Certificates and Achievement Awards.

Guest of Honour was ex-pupil Rear Admiral Steve Lloyd who inspired the audience relating his time at Highfields to his career experiences in the Royal Navy. In a very accomplished speech he demonstrated to students the relevance of their studies at school to their future lives and careers.

Photographs from the event can be found here.

Spring Term

Spring term will be very busy as Upper School and Sixth Form prepare for important public examinations. Middle School also has a packed agenda; Year 10 Parents Evening was well attended last Tuesday with 80% of parents meeting with subject teachers.

The Year 9 Options Programme will be launched on the 29th January by Mr Brook and his team. This will be the beginning of a very detailed and in-depth programme to ensure that all students are able to follow an appropriate and personalised curriculum programme in Years 10 and 11.

Student Leadership Projects

The Young Curators are currently on track in planning their first exhibition and have identified a name for the exhibition area. Choosing a name was not easy and the group had several different ideas and suggestions. We asked them to present their suggestions and arguments to the Senior Management team who were very impressed by the depth of arguments and quality of presentations. It was clear that a great deal of thought had gone into the process and that the group wanted a name which would capture students’ imaginations and encourage them to engage with the exhibition space. After much discussion the space will be named ‘ Evoke’ and we look forward to seeing how the students will design the signage and future marketing materials.

The Eco-Group have been very busy. In addition to their usual agenda we have asked them to look at solutions to the problem of chewing gum which has re-emerged as an issue in school. Rather than take the usual sanctions route to solving the problem the group are looking at how chewing gum could be re-cycled and create a positive outcome from a negative issue.

The Digital Leaders held their first meeting this week and are now busy working on a scheme to launch their programme. Inevitably, it will be several weeks before they ‘go public’ given the need for their personal training and development before they can deliver to other students.

Friday, this week, will see the launch of the Sport Activator’s Programme for Year 10 students and BTEC Sports students. This will be another opportunity for students to gain leadership experiences and take on responsibilities which will prepare them for future careers. Combined with their academic successes these opportunities and experiences aim to give our students the skills and qualities for future success. This focus on student engagement is a major feature of our next School Improvement Plan which the Senior Management team are currently finalising for presentation to Governors in late February.

So a busy term ahead for everyone which I hope we will all enjoy!

Posted on January 20, 2014 .