February 2017: A busy start to the year

It doesn’t seem five minutes ago that I was wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year - and yet we’re already at the end of our first half term. The January/February half-term is always a short one but it’s been another busy few weeks for our students.

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 mature and conscientious manner in which they approached them. Our school exam results were positive overall but they have given our students food for thought and an indication of what they now need to improve on for the real thing. 

Last year’s GCSE results were our best yet and put Highfields within the top five schools for both achievement and progress in the city’s league tables. I know our students and staff are working incredibly hard to maintain our high academic standards and I am sure you will join us in giving them your full support during this time. Exam season can be a stressful time so it was good to see a light-hearted motivational video created by a group of Year 11 students for their peers. It’s heartening to see our students working together to help each other when the going gets tough. 

Whilst we will always strive for academic success there is so much more to school life at Highfields. Whether it be fundraising activities for charity, baking competitions, visits from theatre stars and prominent businesspeople, musical performances or university trips, it is always so pleasing to see the all-round development of our students. I am proud of the extra time they commit to building on their talents and helping others.

On any given evening, the school halls, playing fields, theatre and dance studio are still buzzing with activity far past 7pm. Whether it be gymnastics, football, athletics, table tennis, basketball - or all of the above and much more - we always strive to enrich our students’ school life with a vast range of extra-curricular activities to nurture their interests and talents. Our ‘Sports Success’ section on the website (which you can link to opposite) is regularly updated with news of sporting achievements in all disciplines - and make sure you keep an eye out for the directorial talents of our Head of PE, Mr Brickwood.

I’m happy to report that it’s almost time for curtain-up on this year’s musical production of High School Musical. On top of their daily work, around 100 students have given their time at evenings, weekends (and this half-term holiday) to rehearse for the show. I haven’t personally been involved in rehearsals but my office sits directly underneath the Lyceum Theatre and, judging by the noise of dozens of students dancing around and singing every Thursday evening, I can testify that it is going to be another high-energy performance!

I hope all of our staff and students (apart from the High School Musical team still working hard!) enjoy a well-earned half-term break.

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

Mr Graham Tate


Posted on February 20, 2017 .