Students to be inspired for future at Careers Fair

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Students will be inspired to look forward to life after school during a Careers Fair this month.

Dozens of exhibitors will be showcasing their services during the event, which will take place from 5.30pm - 8pm on Wednesday, January 31st.

The event is open to all students from Year 9 through to Sixth Form.

A number of colleges, universities, training providers and employers from a range of industries will be represented at the Careers Fair, including Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, The Royal Navy, The British Army, West Midlands Ambulance Service, West Midlands Fire Service, Jaguar Land Rover and Barclays.

Mr A Jeavons, Highfields’ Careers and Business Links Manager, said: “This Careers Fair will provide a fantastic opportunity for students to explore in detail the range of progression routes and careers opportunities available to them at Post-16 and beyond.

“We are delighted to have secured a number of organisations to showcase what they have to offer at the event.”

To confirm and register your attendance to the careers fair event please click on the link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/careers-fair2018

Posted on January 22, 2018 .

Business as usual at Highfields following Carillion collapse

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It’s business as usual at Highfields, despite news that construction giant Carillion has gone into liquidation.

The Government has confirmed public funding will be provided to maintain all services that Carillion delivered after it failed to reach an agreement with officials to save the company.

Highfields Headteacher, Mr Graham Tate, said: “The Government has said it will continue to deliver all public sector services provided by Carillion.

“We are not expecting the situation to have any impact on the services that have been provided by Carillion at Highfields but will continue to monitor the situation closely and will be in discussion with the Department for Education going forward to keep staff and Parents/Carers updated with any further information.”

Posted on January 18, 2018 .

Latest edition of school newspaper unveiled

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Highfields' Young Journalists have unveiled the latest edition of the school's newspaper, The H.

A team of budding reporters are putting their journalism skills to the test as part of the initiative, which aims to keep students, parents and staff informed of the school’s latest news and achievements.

An eight-strong team of Year 10 students make up a core editorial team responsible for sourcing and writing news stories from around school and putting them together into a professional-standard newspaper. The students work with a senior reporter to produce the termly newspaper, with the second edition unveiled ahead of the Christmas break.

The team are keen for students, staff and parents/carers to put forward story suggestions for the next issue, which will be released at Easter, by emailing theheditorial@hswv.co.uk

To view a digital version of the second edition of The H, click the image below:

Posted on January 18, 2018 .

Students honoured for Duke of Edinburgh's scheme success

Students were honoured for their success on the Duke of Edinburgh’s programme during a presentation evening led by a former GB Olympic athlete.

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More than 90 students achieved their DofE Bronze, Silver or Gold award, with 52 of them attending an awards ceremony to be presented with their medals by relay runner Phil Brown, who is also the CEO for the DofE’s central region.

The event gave parents and Highfields’ DofE team the chance to celebrate the achievements of students on the challenging programme throughout 2017. Parents also had the opportunity to watch interviews by students about their experiences and DofE highlights as well as browse photographs taken on expeditions to Llandrinio and Snowdonia.

Special accolades were also awarded to students who have shown excellent leadership and commitment to their DofE programme.

The Bronze award individual accolade was won by Mrithula Raj Balaji for her support of other students on her expedition. The individual Silver award was awarded to Jack Evans for his commitment to volunteering to both the Penn Fields DofE programme and his support in officiating school football at Highfields. The Gold Endeavour award was given to three students - Alisha Patel, Maiya Bahra and Kent Stavenuiter - for their excellent work mentoring Bronze DofE students and their support with expeditions.

Maiya was also able to be receive her Gold award brooch in preparation for a visit to either Buckingham Palace or St James’s Palace to officially receive her award. She will be joined in London by Alisha Patel and Josh Slomka-Moore, who have also achieved the Gold award - DofE’s highest honour - but were unable to attend the school presentation evening due to university commitments.

Mr C Moody, who runs Highfields’ DoE programme, said: “The evening was a resounding success which gave us chance to celebrate the incred- ible achievements of students on the DofE programme. I would also like to say a massive thank you to all parents for their support.”

Hundreds of Highfields’ students have taken part in the DofE programme since the school started running the scheme around 10 years ago.

Take a look at some photographs from our expeditions:

Posted on January 10, 2018 .

Tributes paid to former Highfields teacher

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Tributes have been paid to a former teacher, who started his career at Highfields and inspired hundreds of youngsters across the city with his love for learning.

Dr George Frith graduated in the 1970s and started his career at Highfields before spending  decades trying to transform the lives of his students by sharing his passion for education with young people in Wolverhampton.

He died aged 67 at the city's New Cross Hospital on December 13 following a battle with pneumonia and sepsis.

Daughter Lois Frith, now an English teacher, told the Express & Star: "People have been calling up and saying what an impact he had on their life.

"He had quite a difficult start to his life but he always felt it was education that was going to enable him to lift himself out of that. He was always there rooting for us to succeed. He always made us feel there was nothing we couldn't do.”

Dr Frith was born in St. John’s, Antigua, in 1950, and brought to England with a foster family eight years later. He initially lived in London before moving to Sutton Coldfield's Princess Alice Orphanage, attending Boldmere Boys’ Grammar School and later living at Erdington's YMCA.

He studied for a Bachelor of Education at Westminster College, Oxford, before coming to Wolverhampton in 1974.

The father-of-two first taught at Highfields before later becoming head of year at Moreton School and gaining a master's degree in history at the University of Wolverhampton.

Dr Frith, who lived with wife-of-38-years Pat in Finchfield, went on to become a lecturer at the university in 1986 and was awarded a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Manchester in 1994.

He was also a governor at Wolverhampton Girls' High School and was invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 1995.

Dr Frith, who also served as a magistrate, was a keen sportsman - playing for Old Wulfrunians Cricket Club, Goodyear Cricket Club, Codsall Cricket Club and the Commonwealth Cricket Club.

*Information and photograph courtesy of Express & Star

Posted on January 10, 2018 .

Parent Governor Elections

Our Governing Body is made up of a number of different types of Governors:

  • Parent Governors elected by parents/carers of students at this school.
  • Governor appointed by the Local Authority.
  • Staff Governors elected by and from staff.
  • Community Governors appointed by the Governing Body, from various sections of the community.

We currently have ONE remaining vacancy for a Parent Governor.  The term of office for this role is four years from 15th February 2018 to 14th February 2022.  The Full Governing Body meets twice a term.  The Governors’ committees, Curriculum, Pastoral & Community and Finance, Premises, Resources & Personnel also meet twice a term.  Governors are encouraged to join at least one of these committees. 

Governors have a number of important roles in relation to the life of the School.  Governors help to:

  • Decide on school policies.
  • Interview, select and appoint staff.
  • Allocate school finances.
  • Review and develop the curriculum.
  • Set standards of discipline.
  • Monitor the condition of the school premises.

Governors do not need formal qualifications in order to stand for election and once elected Governors are offered training both within school and externally with the Local Authority.  There is also support for Governors on the City of Wolverhampton Council website (www.wolverhampton.gov.uk) where there is a dedicated section for School Governors requiring information. Nationally, support is also offered to Governors through The Key (https://schoolgovernors.thekeysupport.com). Prospective Governors do not have to have a detailed knowledge of all aspects of education, just a willingness to be an active participant in a group of Governors who are continually learning together in order to help the school move forward.

It is not possible for an individual to stand for election if they have been declared bankrupt.  All Governors are required to undertake Enhanced DBS checks which will be processed by the school. 

You are, therefore, invited to consider putting your name forward to serve as a Parent Governor of Highfields School.  If you are interested please complete the nomination form attached at the bottom of this page and return it before the end of school (3:15pm) on TUESDAY 23RD JANUARY 2018.  A few notes about yourself, your reasons for wanting to be a Governor and how your experiences could help the school, would be helpful in the event of an election.  Other parents/carers will then be better informed about each candidate. 

If at the end of the school day on Tuesday 23rd January the nominations equal the number of vacancies for Parent Governors (uncontested), voting will not be necessary and the nominated person will be declared a Governor.  However, if more nominations are received it will be necessary to hold an election to determine the Parent Governor for the one vacancy and ballot papers will be sent out. 

If you have any questions about this election or the role of a Governor, please do not hesitate to contact me at school.

Yours sincerely

G TATE
HEADTEACHER

 

Please click below to download the nomination form:
Nomination Form

Posted on January 10, 2018 .

Students launch Highfields TV

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Budding TV reporters and presenters have launched the school’s own weekly news broadcast called Highfields TV. 

A core editorial team of 10 students are at the centre of the new project, which aims to bring stories from around school to life on screen to keep students and staff up-to-date with news and events. 

The HTV team meet on Wednesday lunchtimes to discuss story ideas and filming schedules. News items will then be broadcast on the dozens of flat-screen TVs around school and featured on the school website as well as being sent out to Parents and Carers by email.

Highfields TV is being broadcast just weeks after students launched their own newspaper, The H, which is packed with news and features from around school.

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Mr D Cooper, who is leading the project, said: “We are delighted to have launched Highfields TV to give our students another platform to showcase the many things going on around school. 

“We have a core editorial team at the centre of the project but would love to see other students, staff, parents and members of the community contributing and putting forward their ideas.

“Students, if you have a story that you would like to see on Highfields TV, please come along to see us on Wednesday lunchtime in the middle floor LRC. We are also looking for new reporters and video editors so if that sounds like fun, come along and get involved!”

 

Posted on November 30, 2017 .

Musicians open revamped supermarket in style

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Talented young musicians from Highfields hit all the right notes with shoppers when they helped to relaunch a supermarket after its £1.3m transformation.

The Co-op store, in Warstones, has been closed for around a month for the huge refurbishment project, which bosses hope will see it become a ‘hub for the community’.

It was reopened in style on Thursday, November 30th, thanks to Highfields’ young musicians who entertained customers and staff with a host of Christmas classics, swing music and chart toppers.

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Ms S Bishop, Highfields’ Head of Performance, said: “We were delighted our students were asked to perform at the reopening of the Co-op store. Just like Highfields, the store is very much at the heart of the Penn community so it was fitting for us to be part of this event.

“More than 20 of our talented students performed for shoppers and staff, creating a brilliant atmosphere with a number of Christmas favourites, swing hits and other classics such as Thriller.”

Posted on November 30, 2017 .

Highfields' wolf sculpture raises cash for charity

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A colourful wolf sculpture designed by Highfields students as part of Wolverhampton’s biggest public art event has raised £1,500 for charity.

The 5ft sculpture had been on display alongside dozens of others across the city as part of the Wolves in Wolves project, before going under the hammer.

Around 150 people packed into the Jack Hayward Suite at Molineux for the charity auction earlier this month, which was hosted by BBC Antiques Roadshow specialist, Will Farmer. The event raised £35,400 for charity across 52 lots - including £1,500 from Highfields’ ‘Zeus’ sculpture.

Proceeds raised from the auction have been shared between Outside Centre and the chosen charities of the Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Elias Mattu.

Councillor Mattu said: “Our dedicated artists, generous sponsors and partners have all contributed to make this project a phenomenal success.

“Wolves in Wolves gave the city a blast of colour and excitement and it was fantastic to see the immense Wulfrunian pride felt by everyone in the city.

“It has been wonderful to see so many people, young and old alike, out in the city on the lookout for wolves.

“From the launch in July to the very end of the trail, we have seen families, friends and even visitors from as far as Canada, China and Australia enjoy our beautiful wolves.”

Students from Highfields worked on the design of their sculpture with representatives from WV Active. It includes blue swirls to represent the city’s swimming pools and silhouettes to showcase the many activities on offer at its leisure centres, as well as the colours of the Highfields logo.

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Photographs courtesy of Wolvesinwolves.co.uk

Posted on November 30, 2017 .

Fundraiser Lola raises £1,200 with charity head shave

A kindhearted student has shaved off her long locks to raise hundreds of pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Lola Spicer-Neal shaved off her hair as part of the charity’s ‘Brave the Shave’ campaign after seeing a number of close family and friends battle the disease.

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Her fundraising efforts, which took place at Wolverhampton’s Firewalker Gym where she trains in boxing, have so far raised a whopping £1,200 for the charity. The 14-year-old’s hair will also now be donated to make wigs for cancer sufferers.

Mr R Oseland, Head of Year 10, said: “Lola was inspired to support this campaign and shave her hair after seeing a number of family members and friends suffer with cancer in recent years.

“Everyone’s lives have been affected by this terrible disease in some way and we are all very proud of Lola for what she has done to help those who are suffering by donating her hair and raising this incredible amount of money for Macmillan Cancer Support.”

People can still donate at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tracy-spicer-neal

Posted on November 23, 2017 .