In November, Preston’s Highfield Priory School was placed in the Top Ten Independent Prep Schools in England for its National Curriculum Test Results in The Sunday Times League Tables
This makes Highfield the top Independent Prep School in the North of England and the seventh nationwide. Headmaster, Jeremy Duke, puts the academic success of the school down to the work that is done outside the curriculum as well as within it: “We place a great deal of emphasis on increasing a child’s confidence and instilling in them a ‘can do’ attitude,” he said. To this end, Highfield has created its own brand of public speaking exams which are specifically tailored to increase a child’s ability to speak with confidence for a range of different purposes. As well as taking exams, each child performs on stage, from Year 2, with a speaking part and in Year 4 their dramatic performance is on The Charter Theatre stage. Even the shyest children surprise themselves with what they are able to achieve and by Year 6 they are confident, articulate and rarely fazed when speaking in public.
All Junior children are also encouraged to take part in competitive sport and given the opportunity to compete against other schools; regular Musical Assemblies give the musicians the chance to perform in front of an audience and team building days encourage children to work together to solve problems and achieve the impossible.
The school motto ‘Aim High’ is instilled in children throughout their years at Highfield. This is not just to achieve academic success but also to aim high in their words, their deeds and in all their endeavours. It is this constant aspiration to be the very best version of themselves that sets a Highfield pupil apart. Aim high is not just a school motto, it’s a way of life.