As the children progress from Key Stage 1, they move into an environment where they are encouraged, and taught the required skills, to become independent learners. Lessons are increasingly taught by subject specialists as the children progress from Year 3 to Year 6. Through having small classes and experienced form teachers the caring pastoral ethos of the school is maintained.
Alongside the teaching of English, mathematics, science, history, geography, religious education, information technology, PSHE, physical education, and games, French is introduced in Year 3. Art and design technology takes place in the very impressive design facility. The provision of ICT in the classroom is seen as a priority at Highfield and the majority of classes now have interactive whiteboards.
Over twenty clubs are provided. These provide the children with the opportunity to experience, and develop skills in a wide range of different activities. Children also have the opportunity to learn six different instruments through weekly peripatetic lessons. The school choir has over sixty members who are involved in a range of performances outside school, as well as the school summer production.
In the final two years pupils are given positions of responsibility to help them develop into caring and confident young people who are prepared to make an active contribution to the world of the future.
Sport plays an important role in school life and there are many matches against other schools in a range of sports. A thriving house system ensures that there is a keen sense of friendly competition within the school. Through house points and the presentation of weekly merit awards, children are encouraged to produce their best work at all times.
Many trips and visits are organised to broaden the pupils understanding of what is taught in the classroom. Residential visits give them new experiences and develop their social skills.
The school provides after school care until 6.00pm, so children have the option of completing homework in school under the supervision of a teacher.