Hundreds of prospective students and parents flocked to Highfields’ annual Open Morning to get a glimpse of the school and everything it has to offer.
The school welcomed more than 300 families through its doors to give them a chance to meet our students and staff, tour the facilities and take part in dozens of interactive workshops and activities.
Hands-on scientific experiments, Guitar Hero music challenges, performances of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, sports displays, pizza making demonstrations and psychology experiments were among the many activities that took place on the day. Visitors also learnt how to pack a rucksack as part of a Duke of Edinburgh display and put forensics to good use to solve a ‘crime’ by taking fingerprints and analysing shoe prints and fibres in our lab. A cake sale was held on the day to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Visitors are now being given the chance to see Highfields at work during the day by taking a tour of the school. Places are still available on the following dates:
• Thursday 28th September at 11:30am
• Tuesday 3rd October at 11:30am
• Thursday 5th October at 9.30am or 11.30am
• Tuesday 10th October at 9:30am or 11:30am
• Wednesday 11th October at 9.30am or 11.30am
Tours should be booked in advance by calling Mrs Thomas on 01902 556530.
Headteacher, Mr G Tate, said: “We were delighted to welcome so many people through the doors for this year’s Open Morning. It was a wonderful opportunity for prospective students and visitors to get a feel for the many things we offer at Highfields.
"We pride ourselves on providing youngsters with a high quality education, an engaging curriculum and a wide range of extra-curricular activities to enrich their learning experiences.
"We relish the opportunity to open our doors to visitors to showcase what our school is all about and everything that makes Highfields so special.”
The Open Morning came after Highfields celebrated another outstanding set of GCSE results - with 109 students achieving the highest gradings of 7 or above in English or Maths. A total of 71% of students achieved a standard pass in both English and Maths, whilst half of all students achieved the new strong pass in both subjects. 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*, two A grades and a B.