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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.”

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