Category: School Life Blog

Mr Spurrier and Mrs Mason would like to share the following snapshots from this week in the garden.  Mr Spurrier writes… Year 11 students have been working hard and creatively to brighten up our allotment. They’ve spent the last month …

More from the allotment… Read More »

Our resident head chef (and Head of Year 10 & 11), Ms Fletcher, has been working with students to explore a wider variety of tastes. We’ve even heard that some students got to try caviar following a discussion with her …

Cooking & Nutrition lessons in KS3 Read More »

Before reading this post, you might want to look back on the rest of our school blog – or it might start to appear we are running a school in Bram Stoker’s Transylvania! Following straight on from yesterday’s post about …

Performing Arts students are also getting in on ‘the horror’… Read More »

Our Year 11s are now working hard to get some final pieces of evidence for the GCSE ‘Centre Assessed Grades’. This might seem like a dull task, and perhaps it is in places, but some of our students are also …

Spine-tingling creative writing in Year 11… Read More »

In just six months, Mrs Mason and Mr Spurrier have worked hard to move our allotment from a good idea on paper to something ‘alive and kicking’. It has been a pleasure to see them working hard with KS4 students …

Our new allotment at Highfields has achieved special recognition… Read More »

Following an application process involving an interview with leadership and visit to the school, Highfields has been awarded ‘Trauma Informed Employer’ status at ‘Silver’ by the Survivors Trust. What this means is we have demonstrated that the school’s work is …

Highfields achieves ‘Trauma Informed’ status with the Survivors Trust Read More »

Some good news… We want to share with students, parents and friends of Highfields that we were recently ‘gently inspected’ by the Association of Character Education, which is affiliated to the University of Birmingham. We have in turn been awarded …

Highfields is a ‘School of Character’ Read More »

As part of World Book Day 2021, Key Stage 4 staff have selected and had made as permanent installations a number of powerful extracts – taking in poetry, speeches, autobiography, journal entries and even a bit of Shakespeare… The intention …

World Book Day 2021 #powerinwords Read More »

This week Mr Pretsell has made good use of the warmer, dryer weather to get students out in the KS3 Blackberry Garden. Students have been working hard to dig out an area for a campfire and create some fixed wooden …

Introducing Mr Pretsell’s Land Army… Read More »

Some of our staff have decided to take GCSEs / courses in subjects they naturally do not feel comfortable with – in part as a way of understanding the experiences of our students. Mrs Carley, our long-standing Maths teacher, writes… …

Stepping out of our comfort zones… students and staff alike… Read More »