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.

Mrs Flint who has worked at Highfield for 11 years said "As a school we have faced many challenges, however since becoming part of the PACT I have seen many exciting changes happen in school. What has been key throughout becoming part of the PACT, is the high focus that has been driven to ensure that our children have the best standards of education which is tailored to their individual needs".

Mr Knibbs, Head of School said “I am delighted for the school, the staff and the children. It's amazing to see everyone's hard work finally being recognised ". 

This is a huge achievement for everyone at Highfield and is testament to all of the hard work, drive and determination to achieve the best outcomes for our pupils and their families.  


Report Highlights


  • Pupils are well cared for, feel safe in school and indicate that staff are friendly and approachable.
  • A strong safeguarding culture runs through the school and leaders ensure that pupils are safe and well cared for.
  • Teachers have good subject knowledge and they plan learning activities that interest pupils.
  • The positive relationships between teachers and pupils allow for lesson time to be used productively.
  • Teaching assistants are well deployed. They have a positive impact on learning and on pupil well-being.
  • Pupils at the school are making strong progress and are rapidly diminishing the difference between their attainment and that of other pupils nationally.
  • Pupils with SEND are well supported. The deployment of dedicated staff and the provision of additional resources are having appositive impact on progress.
  • Through assemblies, weekly personal, social, health and citizenship lessons, and the many educational visits and extra- curricular opportunities provided by the school pupils are motivated to think about the world around them.