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What do Ofsted say about PSHE at Highfields?


  • Compassion is one of the key values of the school.


  • Compassion underpins the way that adults approach their duty of care to pupils and is a distinctive feature of relationships at Highfields.


  • Pupils are clear that they can approach any adult if they have any worries. They are rightly confident that support is in place to help them resolve issues that might arise.


  •  Each pupil spoken to explained that they were happy and safe at school. Pupils said that ‘bullying is not something we are used to here’.


  • Every one of the parents who responded on Parent View agreed that their child is safe and happy.


  • Pupils are very courteous, polite and mix together extremely well. They move around the well-maintained school corridors cheerfully and maturely.


  • At break and lunchtime they make energetic use of the well-supervised school grounds. 


  • Topics are well chosen to enable pupils to delve deeply into differing cultures from Britain and around the world. Pupils talk with confidence about how this information is helping them to ‘understand what other people experience’ and ‘to respect different cultures’.


  • The curriculum is vibrantly enriched by a wide range of opportunities for pupils to develop their spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding. One pupil explained that ‘we have lots of chances here’. 

  • Through skilful encouragement, a key stage 2 pupil was able to speak enthusiastically and confidently about the ‘unifying effect of the equal rights movement’ in 20th century America.


  • Through taught lessons, visiting speakers and special assemblies, pupils are able to develop strategies to keep safe in a variety of settings. For example, pupils explained how to keep safe online or near water, roads or rail.

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To raise awareness for anti bullying week we held an odd socks day. The children enjoyed expressing their individuality through wearing their bright odd socks. Well done everybody!
Highfields welcomes the Life Bus!
This half term, everyone had the opportunity to visit the Life Education Bus. The Life Bus is a unique interactive mobile classroom designed to help schools deliver their health promotion, drug prevention and citizenship curriculum. With the help of Harold the giraffe, Key stage 1 and 2 really enjoyed learning how to stay safe and look after themselves and others.

Highfields welcomes the Life Bus!

PSHE Curriculum Overview

P.S.H.E provides us with all of the skills we need in life, and is a subject that underpins the ethos of this school. Tolerance, respect, resilience and hard work are embedded across the school - our children are a wonderful example of this.

We use Go-Givers resources as the base for our teaching; this helps us to deliver the core work on British Values. Areas studied include charity, animal welfare, care for other groups in the community, impacts of world issues and resilience. As well as this, we also have Sex and Relationships Education and Drug education as integral parts of the curriculum.

Year 5 and 6 classes were able to learn about 'The Rule of Law' in PSHE through a visit from a local magistrate (Justice of the Peace)
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Photos of work across the school

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At Highfields we seek to expand our children's horizons by facilitating exciting 'first hand' learning experiences. The following information concerns two charities that we will be working with this year.  

Coram Life Education in the mobile classroom

Coram Life Education is the UK's largest children's health education charity, providing a comprehensive range of high quality and evidence-based services appropriate to the needs of primary school children. This video briefly explains the Life Education service in our mobile classrooms.

Watch a 3 min intro to Lively Minds

Lively Minds is a small charity improving the lives of deprived children in Ghana & Uganda through creative & community run education programmes. Want even more info? Visit our website