Highfield Priory: a lesson in inclusion
The Preston school has received the ISA’s junior and prep school award for excellence and innovation.
Headmaster Jeremy Duke was delighted to receive the award on behalf of all the pupils and staff.He says: “Eight years ago, my staff and I set out to expand Highfield’s field of excellence from academic to all-round.
“The intention was to maintain our academic performance and create opportunities in other areas in which the children could thrive and grow.“However, it soon became evident that building up the children’s confidence and self-belief outside the curriculum had a very positive effect on their academic performance too.”
As a result the children’s examination results have continued to improve, taking Highfield’s League Table position to 13th in the country in 2016, its highest position on record. The school has consistently been in the top thirty since 2011.Mr Duke believes that this has been achieved by providing a curriculum and a whole school experience which allows every child to shine in so many different fields.
Last year’s Year Six Class entered Reception as Mr Duke began to introduce these changes and they have benefited from the increased opportunities, improved facilities and broader curriculum. Their final year at Highfield, the academic year 2016-2017, has been Highfield’s most successful year on record.Inclusion is the key to Highfield’s success: a determined refusal to allow children to categorise themselves and to opt-out of the limelight, instead, instilling in each child a belief that anything is possible if you try.