Moving onto secondary school is a really important time in the life of our Year 6 girls. We aim to prepare them for this move by offering them specialist teaching in the Upper School and using different teaching rooms so that they get used to moving from room to room for their lessons, remembering to bring their books with them. They also gain a great deal of self-confidence by showing our visitors around the school, going out to other schools for sports fixtures or music events and by travelling as a group to various local sites and further afield to London. They are confident and ready for the move to secondary school. Residential visits in Year 4, 5 and 6 also help them to gain vital self-confidence and resilience when away from home.
The one class intake at Highfield and our close tracking of the girls’ development mean that we know each girl incredibly well by the time they reach the top of the school. The Headmistress has excellent knowledge of the many senior schools in the area – both independent and state – and will meet with parents in the summer term of Year 4 to start the conversation about which of these offer the best fit for their daughter. We work in partnership with our families, supporting them, advising them and helping them on this exciting next step in their daughter’s life.
By Year 6, girls are clear about their first choice and the Highfield staff support the girls and their families to attain these places and make a seamless transition. We are often congratulated by Heads on how well the Highfield girls settle in and embrace the opportunities at senior school (and often go on to be Head Girls/prefects or play pivotal roles on the extra-curricular side).
We are extremely proud of Highfield pupils’ success in gaining places at top academically selective schools such as Wycombe Abbey, The Abbey School, Kendrick and the Buckinghamshire grammars (for those in catchment). Many girls continue in the independent sector (several are offered Academic, Maths, Sport, Drama or Music scholarships each year) and go to a wide range of schools such as Queen Anne’s, The Marist, Luckley House, Queenswood and Leighton Park – each chosen to suit the girl’s particular personality, talents and interests. Other girls go into the state sector, to schools such as Newlands and Holyport College, where the strong foundations that Highfield has given them mean that they really thrive.
Over the past 5 years scholarships have been gained at The Abbey School, Luckley House, Queen Anne’s, Queenswood, Eagle House School, The Marist School and Pipers Corner to name but a few. These have included Academic, Maths, Sports, Drama, Music, Art and All-Rounder Awards.