Hundreds of prospective students and parents flocked to the school’s annual Open Morning to learn more about what Highfields has to offer - whilst helping to raise money for charity at the same time.
More than 500 visitors poured through the doors during the day to get a glimpse of the impressive facilities and take part in dozens of interactive workshops and activities showcasing what the school has to offer.
Hands-on scientific experiments, Guitar Hero music challenges, trampolining and gymnastics displays, maths challenges, dance and drama displays, pizza making demonstrations and language games were among the many activities lined up for the event. Visitors also got the chance to learn how to pack a rucksack as part of a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award display, experience Victory in Europe street parade celebrations, take part in an experiment designed by psychology students into what makes people more likeable and solve a ‘crime’ by trying their hands at finger printing and fibre analysis. A cake sale on the day raised more than £150 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Headteacher, Mr G Tate, said: “Our annual Open Morning gives us a wonderful opportunity to give prospective students and visitors a glimpse of what our school is all about and everything that makes it so special.
“As a school, 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 were delighted to welcome so many visitors on the day to be able to showcase everything we have to offer.
“I would also like to say a big thank you to the dozens of students who gave up their time on a Saturday to volunteer to help our visitors around school.”
The Open Morning was held after Highfields celebrated another fantastic set of GCSE results, with more than half of all students achieving the highest grades. Students raised the bar to attain higher grades than last year, with 76% of students achieving a standard pass (Grade 4 or above) in both English and Maths, and 56% of students attaining a strong pass (Grade 5 or above) in both English and Maths.