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Nestled away in its rural setting, it is easy to miss Fulwood’s best kept secret: Highfield Priory School
As you enter the gates and walk down its leafy driveway, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that you are just 10 minutes from the M6 and Preston city centre. Highfield is its own little world: with a Nursery and School; All-weather pitch and Sports Hall; Science Laboratory and Art Studio; ICT Suite, and Performing Arts Studio; Library and Outdoor Haven. Highfield’s location and facilities “create a secure and happy environment which enables children to be highly successful learners” (ISI Inspection Report 2019).
Highfield’s children are indeed ‘highly successful’. Their academic results place Highfield as the top Independent School in the North in The Sunday Times listings and their recent Inspection Report noted,
“The quality of pupils’ academic and other achievements is excellent. Throughout the school, pupils achieve highly across the wide range of academic and extra-curricular opportunities available to them.” Headmaster, Jeremy Duke, is understandably very proud of his pupils’ success but he is equally proud of other characteristics that make up a Highfield Pupil.
“Our children are incredibly articulate and well-mannered with a confidence and self-belief that make them ready to tackle any new challenge. I am proud of their resilience and their determination to succeed both academically and in their extra-curricular endeavours.”
Highfield places a great deal of emphasis on helping children to be self-assured and confident. It has created its own system of Public Speaking exams for all pupils in the Junior School. These have been designed to help children to speak in public for any given purpose. Pupils also work on their communication skills and their ability to problem solve and work together in teambuilding activity days.
Good manners and self-respect are encouraged and rewarded throughout the children’s time at Highfield, including designated lessons in Table Manners. ISI Inspectors noted that, “Pupils are extremely polite and wellmannered. There is a respectful friendship in the approach that pupils take to helping each other and adults.”
Highfield Priory School enjoys a long tradition of academic success. In June, it received a glowing Inspection Report from the Independent Schools Inspectorate which can be read in full on the school’s website. Mr Duke said that of all the positive feedback he had received, it was this observation that he felt truly summed up Highfield and its community:
“Pupils’ strong moral and social attitudes are rooted in the strong family atmosphere that suffuses all age-ranges and supports a major aim of the school: to provide a safe, secure and happy environment within which all can thrive.”