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Headmaster's News - 14th July 2017

Jul 14, 2017

Dear Parents

Year Six Leavers’ Assembly

Thank you Year 6 for your Leavers’ Assembly this morning in which you reminisced about your time at Highfield. It was very moving to see what you were like when you first came to Highfield right through to the sophisticated young people standing before us today. Your memories were all very different and gave us a real sense of the talented, kind and big-hearted children you are and how busy you have been. You really have become a very strong year group which has welcomed every new pupil, with open arms, into the Highfield family. Your strength, passion, fun and real sense of togetherness shone through in the leavers’ video and in the singing of the school song: Shine Out! Thank you Mrs Hewins and Mrs Haythornthwaite for arranging the assembly. You certainly do know how to tug on those heart strings!

Summer Fayre

Thank you to everyone who supported the Summer Fayre on Sunday. It was a fantastic event with a real Highfield family atmosphere throughout the afternoon. It was lovely to see so many present and past pupils together, enjoying the wonderful array of activities from the human fruit machine to the donkey rides and the bungee run. Thank you to our PTA for all their hard work in the lead up to and on the day and to Mrs Hall, Mrs Hubberstey and Mrs Bradley in particular for making sure the day ran so smoothly.

The Blue Crystal

Congratulations to all the children who performed in The Blue Crystal on Tuesday and Wednesday. The singing was quite incredible with the choir conveying the strong message within the songs with real passion. Our Year 6 showed that there is no end to their talent! Having been challenged over the years with a variety of acting and dancing performances, they now felt ready to take on a musical with many individual, duo and group songs. They really did hold the attention of every member of the audience with their beautiful singing and their portrayal of each song which gave the music power and meaning. Thank you to our joint directors Miss Macklam and Mrs Jones and thank you to Mrs Morrice for her help with the staging and costumes and Mr Drake for his technical expertise with sound and lighting. 

Summer Reports

Included in this envelope is your child’s end of year school report. The following end of year expectations are now used throughout the school.

Emerging — Yet to be secure in the end of year expectations.

Expected — Met the end of year expectations.

Exceeding — Working beyond the end of year expectations.

Scaled scores are also used at the end of Year 2 and in Year 6 National Curriculum Tests. Standardised Scores (which take age into account) are used for spelling and reading in Key Stage 2.

Scaled and Standardised Scores

The Scaled and Standardised scores used in Year 2, Year 6 and for Spelling and Reading Ages all take 100 as the Expected or Average standard even though the total numbers vary (Year 2 is out of 115, Year 6 is out of 120 and the Spelling and Reading Ages are out of a possible 131).

Effort grades are also included which may include numbers that you are used to seeing on Effort Grade reports. Here is a quick reminder.

A = Always works to the best of his/her ability.

B = Mostly works to the best of his/her ability.

C = Sometimes works to the best of his/her ability.

D = Requires improvement.

1 = Some issues with presentation.

2 = Some issues with homework.

3 = Some issues with concentration.

4= Some issues with content.


You will also find a questionnaire in your envelope. Please return these to the office or letterboxes outside the office or in the junior playground or to your child’s class teacher. The questionnaires are very valuable to us and have been used in the past to protect certain areas of the school or make changes where applicable.

Preston Schools’ Athletics

Fourteen athletes competed in the Preston Schools Athletics Competition on Wednesday. The events varied from standing triple jump to the cricket ball throw and the 100m. All the children who competed did incredibly well and it was a real team effort with many of them achieving a top five finish out of 16 schools. Charlotte and Zahara should get a special mention for both coming 2nd against children who were nearly all a year older. Highfield came 5th= overall out of 16 schools. An excellent achievement. Well done.

The Summer Reading Challenge

Please see the letter in your report envelope (Years 2-5) regarding the Summer Reading Challenge which takes place every year during the summer holidays. Please visit your local library to sign up and start taking part. Have fun!


Please remember to like our Facebook page, highfield priory pta, for information on events and announcements. 

If you would like to get in touch with us, please email and we will be more than happy to speak to you. 

Thought for the Week

Never forget the ending of one day, one experience, one season, one year is just the beginning of another. Anon

Yours sincerely

J M Duke


Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.


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