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Mr Gulzar awarded OBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

sgulzarWe are delighted to announce that Mr Gulzar, our CEO has been awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in this year’s Queen’s Birthday honours list. Mr Gulzar is one of 48 people to be honoured this year for Services to Education.

On receiving the award Mr Gulzar said “I was surprised and humbled to be recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for Services to Education. Ever since I was a student teacher, I have done my very best to make a positive difference to children’s lives and for them to benefit from their education in the way that I have”. He added “This honour isn’t just for me and my family. It is for my colleagues, for the communities we serve and the children who are entrusted to us. I have had the privilege of working with amazing families and the most talented and dedicated people in education over the past 20 years without whom this recognition would be impossible”.

Sue Knottenbelt, Chair of Trustees at Prince Albert Community Trust said "The award of an OBE to Sajid Gulzar represents a huge personal achievement and well-deserved recognition for his outstanding leadership, dedication and effective work in raising standards and improving life chances in our city.  This recognition is great for Sajid personally and also great for the staff and pupils of our PACT schools and the communities we serve and for Birmingham."

I am sure that you will join all of us at the Prince Albert Community Trust in congratulating Mr Gulzar on his extraordinary achievement.

Forge Mill Farm - Year 1

Dear Parents/Carers,

Year 1 are going on an educational visit to Forge Mill Farm in Birmingham. The trip is linked to our Science topic in the summer term where we learn all about animals, planting, growing and lifecycles.

The children will be exposed to a range of rare breed farm animals. They will have the opportunity to stoke the animals and feed them. The children will also go on a minibeast hunt around the beautiful Forge Mill Lake where they will search for insects, wildlife and plants.

The children will be provided with a packed lunch from school.

The trip will be for a full day on Thursday 20th June 2019.

The cost of the trip will be £6.70 per child.

If you would like your child to be a part of this wonderful trip, please pay the full amount to school by Friday 14th June 2019. It is possible to pay this amount in instalments, please see the office for more details.

The Year 1 Team

Educational Visits - Year 6

Dear Parents/Carers

We are offering your child a place to take part in a visit to the beach at Weston-Super-Mare on Tuesday 25th of June 2019.

Your child will leave school at 8am and return to school by approximately 5.30pm.

Your child will need to bring a packed lunch unless they receive free school meals. It is necessary to ask for a financial contribution if this activity is to take place.  We are asking for a contribution of £14.00 towards the trip in order to pay for the transport to and from the location and the activities that we are taking part in whilst there. If you would like to pay for the visit in smaller instalments, we can arrange that for you as long as the balance is paid by the deadline stated below.

All payments are now made online using our new cashless system, which can be done by paying online or in participating shops. Passwords, if you do not already have one for your child, are available from the office. 

The consent forms must be returned to school by Tuesday 18th of June 2019. Please return the reply slip to the class teacher.

I understand that while the school staff in charge of the party will take all reasonable care of the children, they cannot necessarily be held responsible for any loss, damage or injury suffered by your child arising during our out of school activity.

The school is insured against its Legal Liability to pay compensation should it be held responsible for causing an injury to your child whilst in the care of staff.  The school has not arranged any additional insurance in respect of the visit e.g. personal accident.  Should you be concerned about this area of risk you are advised to make your own arrangements.

Please be aware that in the event of not enough contributions being made, the visit may have to be cancelled. Children who have not contributed will unfortunately be unable to attend.

If you have any concerns please speak to your child’s teacher.

Yours Faithfully,
Miss R. Perry
Year 6 YGL

Arts Fortnight - Year 4

Dear Parents

From the week beginning Monday 3rd June 2019 pupils at Highfield J&I School will be celebrating ‘The Arts’ in a variety of activities based around Art.

In Year 4 we have decided that, as this week will coincide with Eid, we will be studying Mehndi. We will look at the history behind it, the different patterns that can be drawn and practice drawing some ourselves.

The pupils will take part in lots of different designing activities including using Henna to design their own Mehndi candles. During this activity the pupils will wear gloves and no Henna will come into contact with the pupils skin.

There is no cost for this activity however we do need your consent for your child to take part. Could you please complete the consent form so that your child can take part in this task. Could you also please detail and allergies below and inform the class teacher if your child has had any previous reaction to Henna or any similar products

The consent forms must be returned to school by Friday 24th of May 2019. Please return the reply slip to the class teacher.

I understand that while the school staff in charge of the party will take all reasonable care of the children, they cannot necessarily be held responsible for any loss, damage or injury suffered by your child arising during this activity.

The school is insured against its Legal Liability to pay compensation should it be held responsible for causing an injury to your child whilst in the care of staff.  The school has not arranged any additional insurance in respect of the visit e.g. personal accident.  Should you be concerned about this area of risk you are advised to speak to your child’s class teacher to make alternative arrangements.

If you have any concerns please speak to your child’s teacher.

Yours faithfully,
J.Kain
Visit Leader

Easter Celebrations - April 2019

We would like the children to get creative at home over the next few weeks in preparation for Easter.

Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 need to make an Easter bonnet and bring it to school on Friday 12thApril as we will be having an Easter bonnet parade in the Infant Hall at 9.00. Please join us to see the lovely hats that the children have created.

Years 3 to 6 – Easter Eggstravaganza competition. Children need to bring in a hard boiled egg decorated on a theme of their choice. These will be displayed in the junior hall and parents are invited to vote in order to choose the winner. Children need to bring their egg in on Wednesday 10thApril and you are welcome to come and vote on Thursday 11thApril at 9.00

Finally year 3 are holding an Easter assembly on Thursday 11thApril at 9.00am in the Infant hall.

Ofsted Report

We are absolutely delighted to share that following a two day inspection on 16th-17th January we have been graded 'Good' by Ofsted for the first time in Highfields history. 

The report praised senior leaders and their "high ambitions for the school" and continued "their unyielding determination has meant that they have overseen rapid improvements to the quality of teaching, learning and assessment". 

The outcome marks a huge milestone for Highfield, having previously been placed in special measures before joining Prince Albert Community Trust in 2016. We are thrilled to have received our best report ever, which highlighted the support given by PACT and the strong, focused professional development.

Read more: Ofsted Report