Headteacher’s Welcome

Highfields College HeadteacherHello and welcome to Highfields College, where our mission is to provide new opportunities for growth and success to all students regardless of ability, background or circumstance.

Ever since coming to work at Highfields on a secondment in Autumn 2018, I have considered working here to be a privilege – and for that reason I am very happy to have been asked by the governing body and Local Authority to continue my work as Headteacher, alongside Deputy Headteacher Mr Howard, over the longer-term.

As OFSTED recently noted, Highfields is an impressive school, both in terms of its staff and students. We are all committed to the next phase of its development – on the one hand this will be returning us all to ‘everyday school life’ following the Coronavirus / COVID-19 situation and, on the other hand, it is about continuing to grow a school that will serve its young people and their families in the best ways it can.

Everyone at Highfields believes in the fundamental worth of each student. At Highfields every single student is provided with a wide variety of opportunities to develop academically – whilst being nurtured in terms of their personal development (self-awareness & social skills, citizenship & character). This takes place in a safe and upbeat environment involving small groups and well-trained, experienced staff.

We are child-centred. We work hard to assess each student in terms of their individual strengths, difficulties, differences and preferences – the plans and decisions that we then make are based on these assessments, carried out in conversation with the student, their family and any other involved parties (such as our partner schools). We encourage students to actively move on from the past, to focus on the future and the opportunities that lie ahead. We do this through a patient step-by-step approach rather than expecting change overnight.

It is a testament to the hard work of staff and students that we have recently received recognition from OFSTED, the ADHD Foundation, UNICEF, Survivor’s Trust and the Association of Character Education. We also regularly receive positive comments from parents and carers, some of which you can view here.

I hope that you enjoy exploring our website – please contact us if you require any further information.

Best wishes,
Mr Grant, Headteacher

Frequently Asked Questions:

How can my child be referred for a place at Highfields?
Click here for our Admissions page.

What subjects are taught at Highfields?
Click here for our Curriculum pages.

How can I find out how well my child is doing at Highfields? Click here for information on reports, parents evenings etc.

How does Highfields help support the emotional and social needs of my child?
We do this in a holistic way, which means we provide a variety of support for our students. This includes SEMH Interventions (mentoring), ‘Character Education’ built into all subjects and staff with specialist training in relationship-building.