About Highfields School

Highfields Independent School and Day Nursery, also known as Newark Preparatory School, is a non-selective, co-educational, independent day school and nursery based in the historic Nottinghamshire town of Newark, for children aged from 2 to 11 years.

Our Nursery is open 5 days a week (term time) and offers a full day from 7.30am until 6.00pm. Our Main School starts in Reception for children turning 5 years old and is also open 7.30am-6.00pm with wraparound care available at the start and end of the day as well as a wide range of after-school clubs and activities.

A jewel in the crown of this thriving Nottinghamshire market town, we provide a bespoke and tailored educational experience for our pupils, designing a carefully blended approach combining excellent academic standards, an enhanced curriculum offering specialist teaching in Music, Sport and Drama, and exceptional standards of pastoral care. 

A distinctive family ethos and commitment to wellbeing enables all children to thrive and creates a strong foundation for future success and happiness. We prepare children for their next step to a wide range of senior schools and offer specialist support with Common Entrance and 11+ examinations.

In our most recent ISI Inspection in June 2019, we were found to be ‘Excellent in all Areas’, the highest ranking an independent school can be given.  We are the only independent school in a 20+ mile radius to achieve this.

We are now accepting applications for September 2021!