WATCH: Dodgeball players in action in tournament

Players dipped, ducked, dived and dodged when they took to the court for a fast-paced dodgeball tournament.

Highfields hosted the tournament for Year 9/10 Girls’ teams from schools across Wolverhampton.

Highfields' Year 10 team put on a strong performance to finish in 2nd place, beaten only by Our Lady and St Chad.

The tournament was held following the huge success of Tuesday lunchtime dodgeball lessons, which have proven to be a huge hit for Highfields students.

Mr C.Brickwood, Head of PE at Highfields, said: “It was a fantastic competition with some excellent individual performances.

“Both our Year 9 and Year 10 teams deserve a massive round of applause.

“I would also like to give a special mention to the Sixth Form Sports Ambassadors who ran and umpired the whole tournament.”

WATCH: Dodgeball players in action 

Posted on February 2, 2017 .

Badminton players serve up promising performance in tournament

Badminton players put on a promising display as part of a tournament with other city schools.

Members of the Under 16s Badminton Girls’ team - Emma Deakin, Kiran Bhangoo, Surina Patel and Maria Paul - finished in joint 5th place out of 10 schools in the SSAW tournament, held at St Peter’s School.

Days later, members of the Under 14s Girls’ team - Molly McGarry, Lucy Evans, Lauren Phillips and Emily Gibson - took 5th place out of 13 teams in the U14 tournament.

PE teacher, Miss G Robinson, said: “There was some nail biting badminton played. The girls were up against tough competition but our teams never lost heart.

“The girls did exceptionally well and did Highfields proud. Our players are now back in training and looking forward to the next competition.”

 

Posted on February 2, 2017 .

Adam celebrates Cross Country success

Talented athlete, Adam Saul-Braddock, enjoyed runaway success in the West Midlands Cross Country Championships - and is now preparing the set the pace among the best in the country.

Adam represented Wolverhampton Schools in the West Midlands Intermediate Boys Cross Country Championships and took first place.

The Year 10 student ran 4.8km in 16.42 minutes, beating several older students in the process, crossing the line over 40m ahead of the next competitor.

He has now qualified to run in the English Schools’ Athletic Association’s Cross Country Championships, which will be held at Norfolk County Showground, in Norwich, on March 18.

It is the third time Adam has represented the school - and the West Midlands - in the national competition.

 

 

Posted on January 26, 2017 .

Rugby players tackle tough competition

Rugby players tackled tough competition - and a muddy pitch - as part of a mini tournament against students from other city schools.

Nineteen students from Highfields went along to Wolverhampton Rugby Club where two 9-a-side teams competed against players from Codsall High and The Royal Wolverhampton School.

Head of PE, Mr C.Brickwood, said: “The teams from Codsall were very strong and were the deserved winners.

“However, our teams put in a great effort in poor weather conditions. Everyone involved enjoyed taking part.”

 

Posted on January 19, 2017 .

Players give all on court in basketball league

Basketball players from Highfields are enjoying slam dunk fun on the courts competing in the Junior NBA League.

Each school in the league is given an NBA team name - with the Highfields team being the Dallas Mavericks. Teams are now competing as part of a mini league with other schools from across the West Midlands for the chance to face opposition from Manchester and London later this year.

During a recent fixture at West Bromwich’s George Salter Academy, our Dallas Mavericks celebrated victory in games against Perryfields School and Phoenix Academy before losing to the host team.

Mr C.Brickwood, Head of PE, said: “It was a fantastic evening of basketball all of the students played their hearts out.”

Posted on January 5, 2017 .

New PE courses proving a runaway success

Two new academic courses introduced to the PE curriculum are proving a hit among students.

Highfields introduced the courses - GCSE PE at KS4 and BTEC National Sports and Exercise Science at KS5 - in September.

Mr C.Brickwood, Head of PE, said they had been a runaway success with students interested in developing their knowledge of PE and sports science, including learning about the skeletal system.

The school will also be introducing GCSE Dance to the curriculum in September 2017 and has been holding taster sessions for students interested in choosing it as a subject.

Posted on January 5, 2017 .

Netballers take to the court - come rain or shine

Dedicated netballers from Highfields are being celebrated for their dedication to perfecting their skills on court - whatever the weather.

Every Tuesday evening, the school gives students from all year groups the opportunity to bib up and train, with Deputy Head of PE, Mrs J Brickwood, saying she was delighted with how many have committed their time to the sport, come rain or shine. Dozens of students turned up to the last training session before the Christmas holidays, despite the pouring rain and cold temperatures, with some donning festive hats to mark the festive season.

Mrs Brickwood added: "Students have attended from September, come hale, wind and rain and the last week of term was no exception. On that last training session before the Christmas holidays, in the pouring rain, on a dark and cold winter night, 50 girls turned up to play and train.

"It was a truly impressive sight."

The efforts of our netballers are already paying off, with members of the Year 7 team beating both Wolverhampton Grammar School and Wolverhampton Girls' High ahead of the holidays.

 

Posted on December 24, 2016 .

Young cricketers hit it for six to win trophy

Young cricketers from Highfields hit it for six in a knockout tournament when they competed against other city schools.

Students bowled over their opponents and are now celebrating winning the Year 7 Cricket Knockout Trophy.

They beat Wednesfield High School in the semi-final by 9 wickets and St Edmund’s School in the final by 7 wickets to win the trophy.

Back row L-R: Tulha Rasool, Gurtej Dhaliwal, Karnveer Mahli, Aleem Kabir, George Potter, Aaron Jaimal, Rohan Mistry. Front row L-R: Zaleeq Ijaz, Takunda Nheta, Yasir Muhammed (Capt) Geoffrey Brown, Nikhill Patel

Back row L-R: Tulha Rasool, Gurtej Dhaliwal, Karnveer Mahli, Aleem Kabir, George Potter, Aaron Jaimal, Rohan Mistry. Front row L-R: Zaleeq Ijaz, Takunda Nheta, Yasir Muhammed (Capt) Geoffrey Brown, Nikhill Patel

Posted on July 21, 2016 .

Gifted Adam named among best runners in country

A gifted student is celebrating being crowned among the best runners in the country.

Adam Saul-Braddock won bronze medal in the Junior Boys 800m race at the prestigious English Schools Athletics competition, which was held at Gateshead International Stadium.

The Year 9 student qualified to take part in the tournament after his success representing Highfields in the Wolverhampton City Championships last summer and then representing the city in the West Midlands Championships.

Mr J.Birks, Head of Boys’ PE, said: “To win bronze at a tournament of this level is an incredible achievement.

“Adam should be very proud that he is officially the 3rd best 800m runner of his age in the entire country.”

Posted on July 14, 2016 .

Students crowned City Athletics Champions

Talented athletes from Highfields are celebrating being crowned winners of the prestigious City Athletics Championships.

Members of the Year 8 winning team (from L-R) Eric Omozee, Gurkaran Khangura, Emmanuel Falade, Seb Boydell, Joel Adderley, Finley Cooper

Members of the Year 8 winning team (from L-R) Eric Omozee, Gurkaran Khangura, Emmanuel Falade, Seb Boydell, Joel Adderley, Finley Cooper

Members of Highfields' Year 8 Athletics team picked up the first-place trophy for their age group in the championships, held at Aldersley Leisure Village.

They won first place in their age category as Year 7s last year and are delighted to have repeated their success.

Students are tested in a number of disciplines including shot-put, discus, javelin, 100m, 200m, 300m, 800m and 1,500m, long jump, high jump and triple jump, as well as the 4X100m relay as part of the annual tournament.

Students who made it through to the finals of the City Athletics Championships

Students who made it through to the finals of the City Athletics Championships

Each athlete takes part in a maximum of three disciplines during the tournament, which sees students from all of Wolverhampton’s secondary schools compete against each other.

Individual scores are tallied together to establish an overall winning boys and girls team for each age group as well as overall championship-winning teams.

Teams competed in a first round of the tournament last month, with the best 6 competitors from each age group selected to go through to the finals. A total of 12 Highfields students from Year 7, 8 and 9 made it through to the finals, with the Year 8 team winning the overall first prize for their age category.

Mr J.Birks, Head of Boys’ PE, said: “It is a fantastic achievement for our Year 8 team to win the trophy, especially after their success last year.

“All of the athletes involved should feel very proud of how they performed and I hope their achievements will be an inspiration to other students at the school to get involved with sporting activities.”

 

Posted on July 7, 2016 .

Competition success for Highfields gymnasts

Members of Highfields’ Gymnastics team tumbled and flipped their way to success when they competed in the Black Country Youth Games.

Tasha Bagri, Rhea Kumari, Jessica Drew, Louise Saul Braddock and Megan Stentiford were part of the school team representing Wolverhampton in the competition.

Their stunning performances saw them finishing in 2nd place overall.

Mr C.Moody, Head of Sport, said: “The girls performed beautifully against the top performing schools from Walsall, Dudley, Sandwell and Wolverhampton and finished 2nd overall. 

“They were the highest scoring team from the three schools in Wolverhampton and were delighted with their overall silver medals.”

Posted on July 7, 2016 .

Highfields athletes represent city in Black Country Youth Games

Athletes from Highfields represented Wolverhampton in the Black Country Youth Games.

Members of the school’s trophy-winning Athletics team and the Year 8 girls' Tag Rugby team competed against other teams from Dudley, Sandwell and Walsall in the tournament.

The athletes competed in a range of disciplines including shot-put, foam javelin, high jump, long jump, 100m, 800m and two relays as part of the tournament, which was held at the Walsall Campus of the University of Wolverhampton.

Mr J.Birks, Head of Boys’ PE who trains the Athletics team with Mr M.Spencer, said: “The team were chosen to represent Wolverhampton following their success in last year’s City Athletics Championships and they performed with credit.”

Members of the team that represented Wolverhampton in the Black Country Games (from L-R) Seb Boydell, Emmanual Falade, Finley Cooper, Eric Omozee, Sam Hulme, Joel Adderley, Gurkaran Khangura, Jake Hillman

Members of the team that represented Wolverhampton in the Black Country Games (from L-R) Seb Boydell, Emmanual Falade, Finley Cooper, Eric Omozee, Sam Hulme, Joel Adderley, Gurkaran Khangura, Jake Hillman

Mr C.Moody, Highfields' Head of Sport, said: "We had success in the girls' Tag Rugby competition where we won bronze medal defeating ACE academy from Sandwell and also drawing with Hagley Roman Catholic School from Dudley.  The girls really excelled themselves playing a very high standard of Tag Rugby."

Posted on July 7, 2016 .

Students jumping for joy with trampolining tournament success

Trampolinists from Highfields are jumping for joy after picking up a number of medals for their acrobatic abilities in a competition hosted at the school.

More than 50 students from Highfields, St Edmund’s and Wednesfield High took part in the contest and were judged in three categories - beginners, intermediate and advanced.

The results were very close, with Highfields picking up six medals in total.

PE teacher, Miss G.Robinson, said: “The competition was organised and judged by nine sixth-form students and they did a fantastic job. The event was a great success.

“Everyone who took part in the competition was a credit to themselves and the school. I am very proud of our students and am overjoyed at the spectacular performances they put on.

“The quality of performance in the advanced category, in particular, was incredibly high, meaning another three of our students missed out on medals by just single points.

“The hard work and dedication of all of the competitors has really paid off and I am excited to see what next year’s competition brings.”

Our winners- BEGINNERS: Lilly Belle (Yr 7) Silver; Rachael Flavell (Yr 7) Gold. INTERMEDIATE: Katie Edmunds (Yr 7) Joint Bronze; Megan Stentiford (Yr 8) Gold. ADVANCED: Josie Annable (Yr 8) Bronze; Tia-May Beach (Yr 10) Silver.

Posted on April 28, 2016 .

Basketball players bid for league glory in last game of season

Basketball players from Highfields are limbering up for the biggest game of the season when they will compete to be crowned champions of their league.

The match on May 4 against St Peter’s School is the last of the season and will determine the winners of the Wolverhampton School League.

Coach, Mr M.Baker, said: “It’s the last game of the season and it is the biggest because it will decide if Highfields or St Peter’s win the league.

“The lads put in so much effort to their basketball and they’ve had another fantastic season so it would be great for everybody to get behind them and give them their support for the big game.”

The school team finished top of the league last season and is now playing at a national standard.

A group of players from Year 11 train three times a week at 7.30am before school starts.

 

Posted on April 21, 2016 .

Gymnasts somersault their way to tournament success

Gymnasts from Highfields somersaulted their way to the podium with a successful performance in the Wolverhampton Secondary School City Gymnastics Tournament.

Highfields has hosted the tournament for the past four years and our gymnasts impressed judges from Wolverhampton Gymnastics Club with their turns and tumbles to win a number of accolades in the competition.

Our gymnasts practice every Thursday evening under the guidance of gymnastics coach Pat Swindell and they put their skills to the test in the tournament when they competed against 11 secondary schools from the city.

Mr C.Moody, Highfields’ Director of Sport, said: “The gymnasts each performed a floor and vault routine individually and then the scores were put together for overall team prizes.

“We hire gymnastics coach Pat Swindell to come into school every Thursday and she trains them from having absolutely no experience or outside training at all.

“Our gymnasts did incredibly well and everybody who competed should be very proud of what they achieved.”

Our winners: Ella Hudson, joint 3rd place: Beginners Floor; Jessica Drew, 1st place: Novice Vault and Combined; Tasha Bagria, joint 2nd place: Novice Vault; Louise Saul Braddock, joint 2nd place: Novice Vault. Overall 2nd place for the team.

Posted on April 21, 2016 .

Adam's brave run against best in country

Talented athlete Adam Saul-Braddock held his own as he competed against the best young Cross Country runners in England.

The Year 9 student represented Midlands' schools in the English Schools’ Athletic Association’s Cross Country Championships, held at Wolverton Park.

After a brave run, which saw him leading the pack for the first quarter of the race, he finished in 21st place.

The ESAA National Cross Country Championship, which is organised entirely by volunteer teachers, brings together the best athletes in each of the 45 counties in England to compete for the honour of being the best in the country.

Adam qualified to compete after representing Wolverhampton Schools in the West Midlands Junior Boys Cross Country Championships and taking first place.


Posted on March 15, 2016 .

Table Tennis team takes silver in tournament

U16 Table Tennis team (L-R) Owen Morris, Manraj Sahni, Tarun Nandra & Kameil McCalla

U16 Table Tennis team (L-R) Owen Morris, Manraj Sahni, Tarun Nandra & Kameil McCalla

Members of Highfields' U16s Table Tennis team took silver in the prestigious Black Country School Games.

The team represented Wolverhampton borough in the tournament after winning the Wolverhampton Table Tennis Championships.

PE teacher, Mr M Spencer, said: "Our table tennis players should be very proud of their performance in the Black Country School Games.

"This silver medal makes them the second best team for their age group in the whole of Dudley, Walsall, Sandwell and Wolverhampton, which is a great achievement."

 

 

Posted on March 15, 2016 .

Athletics team hoping to repeat trophy-winning success

Budding athletes of the future are preparing to showcase their skills on the field and track in this year’s City Championships, after celebrating success in last year’s tournament. 

Members of the award-winning Athletics team (from L-R): Lemari Whyte Needham, Luca Williams, Seb Boydell, Joel Adderley and Eric Omozee

Members of the award-winning Athletics team (from L-R): Lemari Whyte Needham, Luca Williams, Seb Boydell, Joel Adderley and Eric Omozee

Members of the Highfields Year 7 Athletics team picked up the first-place trophy for their age group in the City Championships at Aldersley Leisure Village last summer - and are now hoping to repeat the success in the Year 8 age group in this year’s competition.

Students are tested in a number of disciplines including shot-put, discus, javelin, 100m, 200m, 300m, 800m and 1,500m, long jump, high jump and triple jump, as well as the 4X100m relay as part of the annual tournament.

Each athlete can take part in a maximum of three disciplines during the tournament, which sees students from all of Wolverhampton’s secondary schools compete against each other.

Individual scores are tallied together to establish an overall winning boys and girls team for each age group as well as overall championship-winning teams.

Mr J.Birks, Head of PE, said: “It was a wonderful achievement for the team to win the Year 7 athletics trophy. The last time we won was in 1997.

“I hope we can repeat that success again in this year’s tournament, which will be held in July. We will start training for the championships after the Easter break and hope more students will come forward to get involved as well as the members of last year’s trophy-winning team.”


Posted on March 10, 2016 .

Highfields’ basketball players enjoying slam dunk success

Talented basketball players from Highfields are flying high in the sport after netting back-to-back successes on the courts and proving their talents against the best in the country.

The school's team finished top of the Wolverhampton School League last season after an undefeated run of seven games and is now playing at a national standard under the leadership of coach, Mr M.Baker.

Mr Baker said: “We’ve got a really good team and I wanted to try them at that level. They are doing incredibly well and I am extremely proud of them.

“We have a small group of six players from Year 11 who train three times a week in the morning at 7.30am before school starts. That takes a lot of dedication and their efforts are really paying off.

“They have been working hard for three years winning league titles and it is great that their efforts and talents are being recognised.

“The sport is growing a lot and I hope more of our students will get interested in playing, especially when they see how much our team is achieving.”

The first game of the new Wolverhampton School League season will take place on March 2 and the team is also competing in the Wolverhampton School Plate competition.

Posted on February 11, 2016 .

Adam enjoys runaway Cross Country success

A talented sports star of the future is enjoying runaway Cross Country success, as he prepares to set the pace among the best in the country.

Adam Saul-Braddock recently represented Wolverhampton Schools in the West Midlands Junior Boys Cross Country Championships and took first place.

The Year 9 student has now qualified to run in the English Schools’ Athletic Association’s Cross Country Championships, which will be held at Wolverton Park on March 5.

The ESAA National Cross Country Championship is the most eagerly anticipated event of the winter for young athletes. Organised entirely by volunteer teachers, the event brings together the best athletes in each of the 45 counties in England to compete for the honour of being the best in the country.

 

Posted on February 11, 2016 .