Charity dance raises hundreds of pounds for Children in Need

Students and staff showcased their dance moves alongside a city MP to raise hundreds of pounds for Children in Need.

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More than 200 fundraisers gathered in the Sports Hall to perform their own versions of Oops Upside Your Head and Cha Cha Slide, some of them dressed as Children in Need mascot Pudsey Bear.

Wolverhampton South West MP, Eleanor Smith, took part in the charity dance session alongside students and staff. Their efforts have helped to raise more than £600 for the campaign.

Students at neighbouring Penn Fields School also took part in fundraising for Children in Need and each donated £1 to the charity to dress as their favourite film or TV character for the day.

Ms S Bishop, Highfields’ Head of Performance, said: “We wanted to do something fun that would get lots of our students involved and raise hundreds of pounds for the Children in Need campaign.

“It was wonderful to see so many people taking part, having a great time and raising so much money for this worthy cause."

Highfields throws its weight behind the Children in Need campaign every year and last year staged a Mannequin Challenge, which also raised hundreds of pounds for the charity.

Children in Need is the BBC’s charity which works to change the lives of disabled children and young people in the UK. It has raised £600 million since it was launched in 1980.

Posted on November 16, 2017 .

Highfields to host Sixth Form Open Evening

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Prospective students are being invited to an Open Evening to get a glimpse of what our Sixth Form has to offer.

The Sixth Form Open Evening will take place from 5.30pm-8pm on November 14th.

Visitors will get the chance to speak to current Sixth Form students and tutors, whilst taking a tour of the facilities.

Kevin Blower, Head of Sixth Form, said: “Making your decision about Post 16 education is very important.

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“We are always delighted that so many of our students choose to stay on to study at our Sixth Form and we are hosting this Open Evening so that they and other students can get a feel of what we offer.

“Highfields Sixth Form has a reputation for providing high quality teaching and learning. Our ethos is about having high expectations within a supportive and friendly environment.

“We believe that every student can excel on courses that are appropriate to them and this is reflected in the extensive range of A-level and BTEC courses we offer.

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“We look forward to welcoming prospective students, along with their parents or carers, to our Open Evening so they can get a flavour of our Sixth Form and consider it as an option for their Post 16 education.”

During their last visit, Ofsted inspectors praised Highfields’ Sixth Form, commenting on students’ good progress, the quality of teaching and strong curriculum which ensures that ‘students’ progression to internationally-renowned universities or high quality work based training is possible’.

The Open Evening is being held after our Sixth Form celebrated positive AS and A-level results. Students achieved a 99.7% pass rate this year -  78% of them being A*-C grades. Those achieving the top A* and A grades jumped from 18.7% last year to 25.5% this year.

Posted on November 9, 2017 .

Highfields among city's best in performance tables

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Highfields has maintained its position among Wolverhampton’s top schools for both attainment and pupil progress in provisional performance tables released by the Government.

The tables are based on this year’s GCSE results, which are currently being finalised, and have been released ahead of official league tables in the new year. 

Our Attainment 8 score of 51.1 out of 80 puts Highfields among the top three schools in Wolverhampton, whilst it ranks second of the city’s non-selective schools in the city under the Progress 8 measure. Progress 8 looks at the advances a student makes from the end of primary school to the end of secondary school, comparing their results with the achievements of other youngsters with the same prior attainment. Indicators show Highfields has a Progress 8 score of +0.51, meaning students achieved on average around half a grade more in their GCSEs than their peers elsewhere.

The headline Attainment 8 and Progress 8 measures were introduced by the Government in 2016 to mark students’ progress and achievement over eight GCSE subjects, replacing previous calculations which ranked schools based on the percentage of students achieving grade C or higher in five GCSE subjects.

Headteacher, Mr Graham Tate, said: “We are pleased with the provisional performance tables which indicate Highfields is among the top schools in Wolverhampton for both progress and attainment. It is testament to the continuing hard work of our students and staff.

“Our current Year 11 students are already working hard in preparation for their exams next year to maintain Highfields’ excellent academic standards.”

A new grading system was introduced for this year’s GCSEs which saw traditional A*-G grades replaced with 1-9 gradings in Maths, English Language and English Literature.  Highfields saw 109 students achieving the highest gradings of 7 or above in English or Maths. (Grade 7 is equivalent to an A grade/ Grade 8 is equivalent to A* and Grade 9 is the new highest attainment grade)

A staggering 90% of students achieved a Grade 4-9 in English, with 72% of students achieving a Grade 4-9 in both English and Maths. Half of all students achieved the new strong pass of Grade 5 and above in both subjects. This is the highest for both 9-4 and 9-5 gradings amongst non-selective schools in the city.

Thirty students achieved the highest Grade 9 rating in English Literature and English Language, out of just 13,000 nationally, whilst Gurkeerat Sandhu attained a 9 grading in English Literature, English Language and Maths - one of just 2,000 students nationally to do so. He also achieved another 5 A* and two A grades. 

Sixty per cent of students achieved a Grade 7 and above, or an A* and A, whilst 32% of students got three or more 7-9 or A* and A grades.

Posted on November 9, 2017 .

Places available for Stratford Shakespeare performance

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A handful of tickets are still available to see one of Shakespeare’s most famous and well-loved plays brought to life on stage by popular TV stars.

Highfields’ English and Drama departments have organised a visit to see Twelfth Night at the world-famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford on Thursday, November 16th.

Students can still get their hands on tickets for the performance, which features former Eastenders and Mr Selfridge star Kara Tointon and Adrian Edmondson, who is best known for his roles in Bottom and The Young Ones.

Twelfth Night is often described as Shakespeare’s greatest comedy; a hilarious, yet heartbreaking tale of unrequited love.

Ms S Bishop, Highfields’ Head of Performance, said: “ Twelfth Night is undoubtedly one of Shakespeare’s finest works and this trip provides a wonderful opportunity to see it brought to life on one of the world’s most famous stages, with well-known TV stars tackling some of the leading roles.

“It will be a wonderful experience for any budding performer or English student.

Tickets for the show, which cost £25, are available from the Humanities LRC. A coach will leave school at 3.30pm, allowing students to take a look around the historic town and get food. It will return at approximately 11.30pm. The trip is open to all students (Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult).

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The trip comes after dozens of students staged their own version of the play as part of this year's Shakespeare Summer School at Highfields. Students gave up the first week of their summer holidays to take part in the Summer School, before performing  to family and friends. 

Posted on November 9, 2017 .

'Staying in Learning' Day set to inspire students

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Year 11 students will be inspired to look forward to life after GCSEs and understand the options available to them during this year’s Staying in Learning Day.

The event is an annual fixture on Highfields’ calendar which allows all Year 11 students to take part in a range of hands-on workshops and activities to support them with both their short and long-term educational and career goals.

It will take place on Tuesday, November 14th.

The day will be tailored to suit individual needs as students choose to take part in up to three workshops and lectures based on the pathways they are interested in taking after finishing their GCSEs.

Those planning to stay on at Sixth Form or moving to college to study A-Levels will be given a glimpse of further education with workshops in a host of subjects ranging from Maths, Science and English Literature to Film Studies, Catering, Health & Social Care and Law.

Professionals will also visit the school to give practical advice and demonstrations, allowing students an insight into typical working expectations in a range of careers including Travel and Tourism, Hair and Beauty, Hospitality, Media and Engineering.

Adrian Jeavons, Careers and Business Link Manager, said: “The purpose of the event is to provide students with information and guidance on the pathways and progression routes available to them post 16. 

“On the day they will attend a range of workshops aimed at providing them with more information about Sixth Form, college and apprenticeships. These are all tailored to the aspirations and abilities of individual students.

“Staying in Learning Day helps to kick start the Post 16 options for Year 11 students and allows them to process the decisions they will be having to make shortly."

Posted on November 9, 2017 .

Firework finale at spectacular Autumn Festival

More than 200 people flocked to this year’s Autumn Festival, which saw crowds entertained with live performances and a spectacular fireworks display.

Talented Highfields students took to the stage to showcase their dancing and musical skills in the Lyceum, whilst a host of stalls were set up selling crafts and cakes. Henna art, face painting and glitter tattoos were on offer for young visitors as well as competitions to guess the name of a teddy bear and weight of a pumpkin and marrow to raise funds for the next Sixth Form prom.

The event closed with a bang with a stunning fireworks display on the terrace.

Ms S Bishop, Highfields’ Head of Performance, said: “The Autumn Festival has become a popular fixture on the school calendar and this year’s event was another huge success.

“Thank you to everyone who helped out, as well as the performers who did a great job on stage and our visitors for coming along and making it so special.” 

Posted on November 9, 2017 .

Highfields to host Sixth Form Open Evening

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Prospective students are being invited to an Open Evening to get a glimpse of what our Sixth Form has to offer.

The Sixth Form Open Evening will take place from 5.30pm-8pm on November 14th.

Visitors will get the chance to speak to current Sixth Form students and tutors, whilst taking a tour of the facilities.

Kevin Blower, Head of Sixth Form, said: “Making your decision about Post 16 education is very important.

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“We are always delighted that so many of our students choose to stay on to study at our Sixth Form and we are hosting this Open Evening so that they and other students can get a feel of what we offer.

“Highfields Sixth Form has a reputation for providing high quality teaching and learning. Our ethos is about having high expectations within a supportive and friendly environment.

“We believe that every student can excel on courses that are appropriate to them and this is reflected in the extensive range of A-level and BTEC courses we offer.

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“We look forward to welcoming prospective students, along with their parents or carers, to our Open Evening so they can get a flavour of our Sixth Form and consider it as an option for their Post 16 education.”

During their last visit, Ofsted inspectors praised Highfields’ Sixth Form, commenting on students’ good progress, the quality of teaching and strong curriculum which ensures that ‘students’ progression to internationally-renowned universities or high quality work based training is possible’.

The Open Evening is being held after our Sixth Form celebrated positive AS and A-level results. Students achieved a 99.7% pass rate this year -  78% of them being A*-C grades. Those achieving the top A* and A grades jumped from 18.7% last year to 25.5% this year.

Posted on October 29, 2017 .

Fundraiser Lola to shave hair for charity

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A kindhearted student is shaving off her long locks to help cancer sufferers.

Lola Spicer-Neal is shaving her hair as part of Macmillan Cancer Support’s ‘Brave the Shave’ campaign after seeing a number of close family and friends battle the disease.

The 14-year-old’s hair will be donated to make wigs for cancer sufferers whilst she is now asking for donations to support the incredible work of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Year 10 student Lola will shave her hair on November 10th at Wolverhampton’s Firewalker Gym, where she trains in boxing. 

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 is doing to help those who are suffering by donating her hair and raising much-needed funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.”

Lola has set up a Just Giving page for people to donate and has already raised more than £300 for the cause. To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tracy-spicer-neal

Posted on October 29, 2017 .

Farm shop visit for Food Technology students

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Students got a glimpse of the journey their food takes before it reaches their plate during a visit to a leading farm shop.

Twenty-five students visited Apley Farm Shop, in Shropshire, as part of their Food Technology studies.

Apley Farm Shop features 12 businesses that focus on fresh, local and seasonal produce, and students spent four hours there meeting staff and sampling some tasty offerings.

Food Technology teacher, Miss B Chima, said: “They are studying sources of British food, so their visit began with an introduction from the General Manager and Farm Shop Manager before heading off for a guided tour of Apley Walled Garden. 

“After a wholesome lunch in the Creamery Cafe, they met the Apley Butcher and Apley Farm Manager, Adrian Joynt, to hear in detail the journey their food makes, from field to fork.”

Posted on October 29, 2017 .

Tickets on sale for Autumn Festival

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Tickets are now on sale for this year's Autumn Festival, which will see crowds entertained with live drama and music performances, activities, stalls and a spectacular fireworks display finale on the terrace.

More than 200 students, parents and members of the community are expected to flock to this year’s extravaganza on Wednesday, November 1st.

Budding young actors and actresses will be taking to the stage in The Lyceum, whilst the event will also feature performances from musicians, singers and dancers. Stalls, cake sales and crafts activities will also be on offer to entertain visitors. The evening will close with a fireworks display at 8pm.

Ms S Bishop, Highfields’ Head of Performance, said: “The Autumn Festival has become a popular fixture on the school calendar and we are looking forward to another fantastic event.”

Doors open at 7pm. Tickets cost £5 (Free for Under 5s) and include a snack. They are available from the Humanities LRC.

Posted on October 12, 2017 .