Academic Ambition | Highfield Prep School
Our focus is simple. We deliver the best possible prep school education. We want children at Highfield to grow up with a love of learning and to succeed academically. But we also want to help children discover their strengths, uncover their passions and develop life skills.
Your child is unique, and it is our job to get to know them as an individual, to nurture their talents and support them through any challenges. At Highfield, we deliver an all-round education that prepares children for their future. As children leave Highfield for the next stage of their education, they are ready and well equipped for whatever life brings.
Education is nothing without fantastic teachers. Teachers are fundamental to the delivery of the greatest education. Recognising this, we recruit the very best teachers and employ subject specialists throughout the school - not simply the most qualified but those with a true passion for education. We look for teachers that are inspirational and will ignite a spark in children’s enquiring minds. We train and develop our teachers during their time with us to ensure we continue to be at the forefront of the very best educational practice.
Our rigorous structured curriculum includes a progressive programme of varied and dynamic content. Challenge is always at the centre of our learning and we inspire and motivate our children to become courageous learners, putting their heart and soul into everything they do. From Year 5 children are taught by specialist subject teachers who bring that extra expertise to their subject. A testament to this is the number of our children who go on to the top Senior Schools in the country.
Our extensive facilities provide children with endless learning opportunities. Our facilities include a Theatre, Art Studio complete with our very own kiln, three specialist Science Labs, DT Studio, Music School and extensive sports facilities, including an indoor swimming pool and all-weather astro. We have 15 natural sports pitches, four tennis and netball courts, 9-hole golf course, cross country course, adventure playground and beautiful woodland used for mountain biking, Forest School, bushcraft, camp-outs and our very own outdoor cinema. This broad educational environment ensures children learn beyond the curriculum to skills they can draw on for life.
Soft Skills Development
We recognise that children need more that a rigorous academic curriculum to succeed and we are committed to developing soft skills. Skills like resilience, innovation, collaboration and building relationships. We give children the opportunity to learn these skills everywhere, such as showing resilience running the muddy cross-country course, building relationships with their dorm mates and collaborating in our extra-curricular activities. These skills that are as important as knowledge in today’s world, skills that impress Senior Schools and future employers alike.
Outstanding Preparation for the Next Step
Through our engaging curriculum, specialist teaching and remarkable facilities, we prepare children for the next steps in their education and the move up to Senior School. We are here to support you with helpful advice during the process of choosing the right academic path to suit your family. We have a flawless record of securing entrance to a child’s chosen Senior School whether that is at 11+ or 13+. Furthermore, our scholarship success is evidence of our outstanding academic ambition.