Highfield Prep School is a leading independent prep school for boys and girls aged 4-11 years in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
Highfield Prep School celebrates an important and wonderful stage in a child’s development. From the very first day at school we aim to make this a happy, exciting and inspiring journey towards senior school.
Children join Highfield Prep from across Harrogate and the surrounding area and are taught in small class sizes which enable us to focus on their individual development. This approach helps our children to achieve their full potential both inside and outside of the classroom. They have a strong sense of who they are and of the world around them.
By the time children leave us they’re fully equipped to tackle the next stage in their educational career and go on to achieve great things beyond our school.
Highfield Prep School has won the Whole-School Community Initiative of the Year award at the prestigious Tes Independent School Awards 2020.
17th February 2020 — Five years ago, Highfield Prep School, the junior school at Harrogate Ladies’ College, was donating around £5,000 a year to charity, on average. However, it wanted to engage pupils and parents more effectively in community outreach activities.
This year, the school is celebrating a record-breaking figure for charitable giving, with £21,761 raised by the school’s 196 children, while parents and the wider community have donated well over £70,000 to charities supported by the institution.
The school also wanted to show that charitable giving isn’t just about a financial contribution. “We wanted to go beyond financial giving to include time, resources and skills. At its heart is a thriving relationship between giver and recipient,” explained James Savile, Head of Highfield.
The school’s work in a deprived Ugandan rural community is a good example of this ethos. In 2015, Highfield linked up with charity CRMI to help complete the building of a primary school in the community.
Each year, a group of Year 6 pupils and their parents visit the school and meet sponsored children, while Highfield staff run teacher training activities. The school has also purchased land to prepare a sports field, given solar lamps to each child, renovated the houses of four of the poorest families and provided medical treatments for children.
This year, Highfield is celebrating a milestone, sponsoring more than 100 children at the school in Uganda, with more families joining up.
The TES Award judges said they were impressed by the school’s activities in Africa and its “remarkable” fundraising.
Winners attended a black-tie event at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, where more than 400 attendees celebrated all that is outstanding in independent schools across the UK.
Highfield Prep School Shortlisted At The Tes Independent School Awards 2020
Highfield Prep School is celebrating after being shortlisted for Whole-school Community Initiative of the Year in the Tes (formerly Times Education Supplement) Independent School Awards 2020.
6th December 2019 — The annual Tes Awards recognise outstanding individuals and institutions that the independent school sector has to offer and is the second consecutive year Highfield has been shortlisted following its shortlist last year for Prep School of the Year.
James Savile, Head of Highfield Prep School said, “I am delighted that Highfield has once again been shortlisted for a national award.
“The Whole-school Community Initiative of the Year is in recognition of our approach to charitable giving at Highfield which is about so much more than giving - it’s about inspiring compassion and empathy for others through all our charitable activities.
“We support a wide range of local, national and international causes and, wherever we can, seek to build a relationship with the charity. This year we launched ‘Lend With Care’ as a project supported by our school houses, and the impact of our link with a school in Uganda continues to grow with a fifth Year 6 trip planned in February.
“The organisers reported that they had received an unparalleled number of entries this year, all of which were first rate, so to be shortlisted again is a fantastic achievement.”
Speaking about the awards, Tes Editor Ann Mroz said, “The independent schools in this country are truly exceptional and those that have earned a place on the Tes Independent School Awards shortlist are a cut above the rest.
“The schools that have been shortlisted should be proud - it's a remarkable achievement.”
The winners will be announced at a gala ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London in February.
Highfield Prep School Pupils Dazzle At Harrogate Theatre
‘We are such stuff as dreams are made on’ was the theme of Highfield Prep School’s recent school production at the Harrogate Theatre.
27th August 2019 — Roald Dahl’s much loved story, ‘The BFG’ was brought to life on stage by pupils in Year 5 and William Shakespeare’s magical comedy, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ was performed by budding thespians in Year 6.
A packed audience of parents and grandparents watched the two performances in the evening. Pupils and staff from Highfield, Harrogate Ladies’ College and four local primary schools also attended a matinee performance.
James Savile, Head of Highfield Prep School said, “It was a dream come true for our boys and girls to perform on stage in a professional theatre.
“All children from Reception classes onwards have timetabled weekly Speech and Drama lessons which develop their communication skills and confidence. An understanding of themselves and others enables them to perform with self-assurance by year 5 and 6.
“The children should be enormously proud of their performances. They worked incredibly hard and their energy, enthusiasm and commitment was an inspiration to our younger pupils.
“The production was a culmination of a year’s work by every member of Highfield’s teaching staff and parents who came together as a community to create the fantastic sets, props, costumes and makeup.“
Former Harrogate Pupil Celebrates Prep School Success 20 Years On
Highfield Prep School welcomed former pupil, Charlotte Gardiner to school recently as the community came together to celebrate the pupils’ successes during the academic year at its annual Speech Day.
16th July 2019 — Performing Arts teacher, Charlotte was one of the first pupils to attend Highfield Prep School when it first opened 20 years ago.
Charlotte drew on her experience of Highfield and how being encouraged to be herself gave her confidence. Examples of which included learning how to face challenges head on and how she conquered her fear of diving into the deep end of the swimming pool. Charlotte said,
“It was a real honour to be invited to Highfield Prep School and hand out the prizes at Speech Day. The school has developed so much during the past 20 years and it has a real buzz about it.
“The children should be very proud of the progress and achievements they have made this year. I hope they continue to grasp opportunities that are relevant to their interests and also try new things like I did.”
James Savile, Head of Highfield Prep School said, “We were delighted that Charlotte was able to speak to the children, their families and invited guests on Speech Day.
“Charlotte’s experience of being a pupil 20 years ago at Highfield is not dissimilar to our pupils today as the values and ethos of the school are the same now as when it first opened. This is testament to the hard work and commitment of the teaching staff and support given by parents, which together help make Highfield a wonderful school community.”
Unlocking Community Giving at Prep School in Harrogate
Pupils at Highfield Prep School are learning about loans, debt and money in a wider world through Lendwithcare, a new microfinance loan scheme run by Care International.
3rd July 2019 — Lendwithcare is a revolutionary way to help people in developing countries with a loan to boost or start a small-scale business. When they are up and running the loan is repaid, and another loan can be given to help more entrepreneurs turn their ideas into reality.
Each school house at Highfield has raised funds to lend to individuals in developing countries who wouldn’t be able to access traditional banking. The children will slowly see their loans paid back and will then lend the money out again, helping more people with the same money, over and over again.
A Highfield lending team has also been created enabling families to lend at home and make giving a part of family life. 19 loans have been given out so far which have helped 64 entrepreneurs and created 71 jobs in the developing world.
Year 5 pupil, Alex Jones said, “It’s amazing to think that we can change someone’s life with a small loan. My house is supporting an entrepreneur in Cambodia who requested a loan to buy a walking tractor to help him improve his farm production and we’re really excited to see updates of his business growing.”
James Savile, Head of Highfield Prep School said, “This continues our different approach to charity to try to show innovative, sustainable and effective interventions to help people in need.
“It also allows us to open up new areas of learning to the children, here introducing loans as a positive and useful way of using money.
“Through creating a link with the recipient, wherever in the world that may be, the difference between local and international charity disappears, and all giving becomes local.”
Photos: From L-R: Poppy Riall, Alex Jones, Reewa Bennett, Adam Warbuton, Jonty Roberts
About Highfield :
Highfield is an independent prep school for boys and girls aged 2-11 years and is at the heart of the Harrogate Ladies’ College family. Highfield was awarded Excellent in All Areas following its ISI inspection and was shortlisted for Pre/ Prep School of the Year at the Tes Independent School Awards 2019.
For more information about Highfield please visit: www.hlc.org.uk/highfield
For more information about Lendwithcare please visit: www.lendwithcare.org
Contact: Carole Davis, External Relations Manager, Harrogate Ladies’ College
Tel: 01423 537045 / Mobile : 07703 831034
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