Educational success

As a non-selective school we are extremely proud of our academic results.  In our most recent ISI inspection in June 2019, the inspectors concluded that “Academic achievement is excellent”.  In particular the inspection found – 

  • “Pupils’ attitude to learning is exceptional”; and
  • “Personal development is excellent”

A full copy of the inspection is available to download here.


Preparation for the next step

We include 11+ preparation within the weekly curriculum in years 3 to 5 for those children seeking admission to the grammar schools in Lincolnshire.  For those wishing to remain in independent education we offer full support for common entrance.

Preparing for Common Entrance Leaflet_FINAL 15.10.20

Leavers’ destinations

Over the past 9 years we have been delighted to prepare our pupils for the following senior schools, both independent and grammar.

The King’s School, Grantham 30


Kesteven & Grantham Girls’ School 18


Nottingham High School 6


Nottingham Girls’ High School 4


Lincoln Minster School 21


Carre’s School, Sleaford 10


Kesteven & Sleaford High School Selective Academy 13


Oakham School/Stamford Endowed Schools 8


Trent College 1


In addition, places were obtained at a number of other local grammars, boarding and state schools in different parts of the country and overseas.

A number of our leavers’ places were offered with scholarships as follows:


All-round combined scholarship (academic, sport and music) 4


Academic 10


Sport 7


Music/choral 2


Art 1



Many leavers secured offers (and scholarships) from more than one senior school.   All leavers in the last 9 years obtained a place at their first choice of senior school.


Under the national curriculum we used to publish our SATs results, unlike many other independent schools, and we are very proud of these results.  Based on these, for a number of years we received national recognition as a “Sunday Times Top 100 Independent Primary School”.  One of our last SATs results can be viewed below

SATs results 2015

We now follow Cambridge Curriculum for maths, English and science so pupils in Forms 2 and 6 are no longer assessed this way.


Previous Inspections 

For information about earlier ISI inspections, please download our  Independent Schools’ Inspectorate Report (2013) and the Independent Schools Inspectorate Regulatory Compliance Inspection – April 2016

“Teaching demonstrates high expectations and engages and enthuses children. . . Teachers plan carefully so that the needs of the individual are taken into account enabling all to make progress.”

ISI Inspection 2013


Beyond academic excellence 

It’s not just academic achievement which is celebrated at Highfields. Many if not all of our pupils take advantage of our excellent music tuition with most sitting ABRSM examinations.  Speech and Drama lessons are also very popular and we have recently enjoyed an outstanding set of results in LAMDA examinations for prose and verse (Summer 2018).

In the last set of ABRSM exams we had some super results.

  • Form 6 leavers:
    Grade 1 Theory – three distinctions and one pass
  • Current Forms 5 and 6:
    Grade 1 Flute and Grade 1 Piano – two distinctions

LAMDA students enjoyed similar success last summer.

  • Verse and Prose: Solo – 6 pass with merit, 2 pass with distinction.
  • Acting:  Solo grade 1 – 1 pass; Solo grade 2 – 1 pass with merit, 1 pass with distinction; Acting Grade 1 combined – 8 pass with merit, 2 pass with distinction.


Parent reviews

We use School Ping for routine correspondence.  In a recent survey for feedback from parents about their child’s experience (September 2018) we received the following comments which we are proud to share:

“Highfields is a wonderful environment for children to express themselves and have a wonderful education. It is down to the dedication of the team that this is possible.”

– Response by parents of child in Form 2 who has been with us since Kindergarten.

“The family feel to the school is fantastic – it’s such a caring and nurturing environment.”

– Response by parent of two children, also here since Kindergarten now in Forms 5 and 4.

“The communication we have had from Mrs Martin [Deputy Head] in F5 has been most impressive. Also, our child is more keen than ever to learn. We are extremely happy with Highfields.”

– Response by parent of 2018 leaver and child in F6, joined Highfields in Forms 2 and 1.

“A great start to the school year. A good balance between 11+ and year 6 work in the first three weeks which really supported the children (and parents!) We have received clear communication and a good balance of academic stretch, achieved through interesting and stimulating activities combined with enrichment and fun – thank you. Parents will be reassured by clear upbeat communication for music and a continuing high benchmark for both music and sport as key differentials to continually showcase the school over our best competitors reminding us why all our pupils benefit so much. It’s also good for parents to see close working with non competitor Independent schools – such as the Oakham prep schools music day and The Elms hockey tournament. Thank you to all the Highfields teams both teaching and support for the excellent work you are doing to set this year up to be a great one!”

– Response by parent of pupils in Forms 6,4,2 and Reception, joined Highfields last year.

“All our children love everything about this school.”

– Response by parent of 2018 leaver and child in Form 5.

“Very pleased with the schooling provided.”

– Response by parent of child in Form 3, jonied Highfields in Kindergarten.

“Communication has improved greatly since the introduction of Ping.”

– Response by parent of child in Form 5, joined Highfields in Form 1

“I think this is a fantastic school. The leadership is wonderful and the teaching second to none. Well worth the fees. Thank you all.”