Spring 2016: A bright and busy start to the year

It’s been a short half term but it’s been another one bursting with activity. As always, there’s a lot to say, but I promise to keep this blog brief!

Our Upper School and Sixth-Form students have been busy with their exam preparations and I would like to reiterate the sentiments from my last blog by commending them on the conscientious manner in which they approached them. Our mock exams were positive overall but it has also given our students an indication of what they need to improve and build on for the real thing.

I am happy to say that they are not resting on their laurels and a group of Year 11 students will be spending time at Edgmond Hall, in Newport, for a weekend of intensive study and team building as they continue to work towards their final exams. As you may know, last year’s results were our best yet and put us in 2nd position of non-selective schools in the city’s league tables. I am sure you will join us in supporting our students through this tough exam period to help them achieve their potential.

Whilst we will always strive for academic success there is so much more to school life at Highfields. Whether it be fundraising activities for Teenage Cancer Trust to baking competitions, trips to National Space Centre, performances at the Grand Theatre, First Aid training or gaining compliance in dementia care, it is always so pleasing to see the all-round development of our students and I am proud of the extra time they commit to building on their talents and helping others.

Our school does not switch off the lights when the bell rings at 3.20pm. In fact, it’s not uncommon for the halls to still be buzzing with activity far past 8pm. Whether it be gymnastics, football, athletics, table tennis, basketball - or all of the above and much more - we’re always proud of our students’ extra-curricular talents. I invite you all to a new ‘Sports Success’ section on our website to keep you up to date with the latest in our extra-curricular sporting achievements.

I’m also happy to report that the amazing set for this year’s school production of Our House has arrived and transformed our Lyceum Theatre, which means it’s not long until show time. On top of their daily work, more than 60 students have given their time at evenings, weekends (and this half-term holiday) to rehearse for the show. I’ve been told these last few days are a tense time for the whole team but I’m sure I’m not the only one looking forward to a great show.

I must mention the disruption caused to schools across the West Midlands due to hoax bomb threats during the past half term, although Highfields and our neighbouring schools in Wolverhampton have not been affected. We have been working closely with West Midlands Police and they have been proactive in providing us with sound advice and guidance to back up the stringent safety procedures we already have in place.

Finally, I would like to give our students enjoying their half-term break skiing in Austria my best wishes and I hope all of our staff and students (apart from the Our House team still working hard!) enjoy a well-earned half-term break.

I look forward to seeing everyone bright and refreshed after the holiday.

Mark Capel


Posted on February 18, 2016 .