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.
Prep shortlisted for Independent School of the Year Awards
Leading Harrogate schools Harrogate Ladies’ College and Highfield Prep have been shortlisted for Independent School of the Year awards in the Independent School Parent Magazine Awards. Both schools received the good news this week and will wait to hear the final decisions which are being announced later this year.
2nd July 2021 — The industry awards highlight the quality of student experience and celebrate the outstanding achievements across independent schools. Whilst Harrogate Ladies’ College is in the running for the prestigious Girls School of the Year award for the second year in a row, Highfield has once again been shortlisted in the Prep School of the Year category. After what has been an extraordinarily challenging year for teachers and pupils alike, the awards received hundreds of entries from schools all over the UK hoping to take home the acclaimed awards.
Harrogate Ladies’ College Principal for the past eight years, Sylvia Brett said “We are delighted to have received the good news that both Harrogate Ladies’ College and Highfield Prep School have been shortlisted in the Independent Schools Awards in what has been an extraordinary year for everyone in education. Our outstanding staff team have shown unwavering dedication to our pupils, providing unrivalled opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom. To have been recognised by the panel at this stage is testament to their hard work and we look forward to hearing their final decision later in the year”.
Fundraising Target Exceeded - Over £25,000 Raised For Charity
Highfield Prep School in Harrogate has raised over £25,000 for charity in the past year, exceeding the school’s annual fundraising target in a year of national lockdowns.
11th May 2021 — Highfield who last year won the prestigious TES award for Community Initiative of the Year out of all the independent schools in the country, work with a range of different charities both local and international, one being the Salvation Primary School in Uganda. Since 2014 Highfield have supported the build of Salvation Primary School, equipped the classrooms and enabled them to open fully. Every year group at Highfield Prep and Pre-School sponsors a child in Uganda who grows up with them through to Prep 6 and recent fundraising has allowed Highfield to sponsor an additional 22 children taking the total to over 130 children. The children exchange letters regularly and over lockdown pupils visited their friends in their homes in Uganda via Zoom.
In normal times a team of pupils and parents visits Salvation Primary School taking a large amount of school supplies and other items that cover the school’s needs for the coming academic year. In a year where this hasn’t been possible, Highfield families recently came together via Zoom to hold a fundraising evening which raised over £3680 to help equip the school ready for a new school year.
Speaking of the fundraising Head of Highfield James Savile said, “We are enormously grateful to all the Highfield families who continue to give such generous support to our fundraising initiatives. Whilst we have missed visiting our friends in Uganda in person this year, we are really pleased to have been able to use the power of technology to not only continue our fundraising, but to visit them in their homes via Zoom. Where it was hailing in Harrogate it was 37 degrees in Uganda much to the surprise of all the children! Thank you to everyone who has made this phenomenal fundraising total possible. ”
Principal Sylvia Brett said, “In an extraordinary year, we are incredibly pleased to be able to continue to support our chosen charities who are doing such important and vital work. Kindness and helping others is at the very heart of our ethos and we recognise the profoundly positive impact that being involved in fundraising and sponsorship can have on our children now, throughout their lives at school, and for many years to come. For Highfield to have exceeded their annual fundraising target in such an immensely challenging year is testament to the generosity and kindness of our pupils and families and we thank them all”.
A pupil from the HLC family of schools is celebrating gaining a place with a prestigious ballet programme after beating the competition at intensive audition processes.
16th February 2021 — Highfield Prep pupil Oscar Crellin has been accepted onto the Royal Ballet School Junior Associate Programme following his recent successful audition, which saw him compete with a thousand students for just a handful of places. Oscar, who trains at the Yorkshire Ballet Institute under Lucy Emery has now commenced classes with teachers from the Royal Ballet School via Zoom. Teacher Lucy who also attended the Leeds Junior Associate Programme at the same age as Oscar said, “It was apparent from his first lesson that he is blessed with a natural talent and physique for ballet, and it’s been wonderful to watch his progress over these past few years. I'm incredibly proud of Oscar and so happy that he will get to experience this first step of the journey that I took myself".
Oscar will continue to study with Yorkshire Ballet Institute alongside the Junior Associate Classes.
Sylvia Brett, Harrogate Ladies' College Principal said, “We are enormously proud of Oscar for his outstanding achievements in ballet which are testament to his continued hard work and determination. His dedication to his dance training in such challenging times is inspiring, and as a family of schools we look forward to watching his talents as he takes these exciting next steps on his ballet journey”.
Launch of Charity Joke Book With Support From Great British Bake Off Star
Highfield Prep School in Harrogate have launched a charity joke book compiled by pupils from the school in celebration of Head Boy Ralph Tasker completing his cancer treatment.
9th February 2021 — National treasure and cherished broadcaster Sandi Toksvig OBE has lent support to the book through a humorous foreword after hearing of the initiative. Sharing her thoughts on joke telling and humour, Channel 4’s Great British Bake Off Co-host said “Possibly the oldest joke we know about was written down by a Sumerian person in 1900 BC, in what we now think of as southern Iraq. The thing is whether you wore a toga in the past or a school tie today, all people have always had it in common that we could do with a laugh. I think a day without laughter is like a day without biscuits. It’s also a double whammy of a winner because not only will it do you good, it will also raise money for Macmillan so even people who haven’t read it will feel better. How marvellous. Well done”.
Last term Highfield raised over £2000 for Macmillan Cancer Support through a variety of fundraising events on ‘Ralph Day’, a charity day held in celebration of Head Boy Ralph Tasker completing his cancer treatment. The schools’ Charity Prefects are hopeful that the book packed full of jokes ranging from food to animals and everything in between will boost this total even further. The Highfield joke book is being sold for £5, with a minimum of £4 from each copy being donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.
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.
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