Autumn 2016: Welcome back

Firstly, I would like to say what a pleasure it is to be talking to you as Headteacher of Highfields School. It is a true privilege to take on this role and I am looking forward to the many exciting times and challenges ahead. 

I am sure you will join me in wishing my predecessor, Mr M.Capel, the very best for his well-deserved retirement - and good luck on the golf course!

Joking aside, the legacy that Mr Capel has left is a school that works to give each and every one of its students the best possible foundation to go on to succeed in their lives and I am proud to have been given the opportunity to lead the school into its next era. The Highfields community is one in which everyone involved is proud to be a part of, and it is in that spirit which we will go forward as we work together to make a great school even better.

We’re only a couple of weeks into the new autumn term, but we’re already well and truly back in full swing here at Highfields. There’s already plenty to tell, a lot to celebrate and much to look forward to as we head into the new academic year.

As you may already know, this year’s GCSE results were our best ever, with almost 75% of our students achieving five A*-C grades, including English and Mathematics. It is a great achievement and one that we will strive to improve on even further during the next academic year. As ever we are not resting on our laurels and the hard work has already begun to prepare our current Year 11 students for their GCSE exams next summer.

                                 Click on the image to read the full article about our GCSE success

                                Click on the image to read the full article about our GCSE success

  Click on the image to read the article about our positive A-level results

 Click on the image to read the article about our positive A-level results

We waved goodbye to our Year 13 students over the summer, after they celebrated a positive set of A-level results. Many of them are now starting courses at their first-choice universities and I would like to personally wish them the very best as they embark on the next chapter of their lives. I’d also like to formally welcome our Year 7 intake and new members of staff as they too start their journey at Highfields. 

Seeing young people grow and develop is one of the many joys of working in education and it was great to welcome 252 new Year 7 students into the Highfields family this September. They are already settling in well and making the most of the school’s facilities and wide range of extra-curricular activities. From sports sessions and science clubs to drama and dance workshops - and everything in between - we are committed to enriching our students’ learning experience. We hope to see all of our new intake taking part in the varied and interesting activities on offer.

 Click here to learn more about our latest show

Click here to learn more about our latest show

I am very pleased to announce that rehearsals will soon be starting for next year’s musical production, High School Musical. Our shows are always a highlight of the school year and it’s great to see that more than 200 students have put their names forward to be involved in the next showcase. After the massive success of our past productions, I have no doubt the bar will be raised even higher next time.


Highfields remains the first-choice school for so many students - and we were delighted to welcome so many prospective pupils and parents through the doors to give them a glimpse of everything we have to offer during our Open Morning. I would like to say a personal thank you to the hundreds of pupils who gave up their Saturday morning to welcome our guests and help out with the dozens of activities going on around school on the day.

The feedback we have received from our visitors has been fantastic, with many commenting on how confident, articulate and polite our students are.

We have a lot to look forward to at Highfields together.

Graham Tate


Posted on September 27, 2016 .