Aiming High

Our aim is to ensure that each child fulfils his or her potential and takes full advantage of all the opportunities Highfield Priory has to offer. Each pupil is challenged and stretched at every opportunity with the emphasis remaining on literacy, numeracy and scientific investigation. Additionally, we seek to develop children's creative and imaginative aptitudes, whether they are in music, drama, dance or sport.

Children are prepared for their first choice of senior school which the majority of our children achieve. Each year a number of children are offered scholarships for academic performance or for their musical or sporting achievements.

The National Curriculum sets standards of achievement in each subject for pupils aged 5-14. These were called SATs (Standard Attainment Tests) but have now been renamed NCTs (National Curriculum Tests). Tests are taken when pupils reach the end of each key stage. These tests give an indication of how pupils compare to the national standards.

7 year olds are expected to achieve level 2
11 year olds are expected to reach level 4
13 year olds are expected to reach level 5
14 year olds are expected to reach level 6

The excellent teaching and learning opportunities available at Highfield Priory are reflected in our NCT results when compared nationally at level 5 - the standard which most 13 year olds are expected to achieve.

The NCT results place the school in The Sunday Times top 100 prep schools in England, a position we have maintained for many years. At present, we hold the top position in Lancashire.

2016 Changes to the NCT Assessment:

In 2016, the Key Stage 2 NCT Assessments were the first to assess the new, more challenging National Curriculum. Results are no longer reported as levels, and each pupil receives their test result as a scaled score and teacher assessment (based on the standards provided in the interim framework). The EXPECTED standard in the test was a scaled score of 100 or above. The National Average NCT results for Key Stage 2 pupils reaching the new EXPECTED standard was 71% in English and 70% in Maths.

Highfield Priory consistently out performs the National Average with our NCT results.

Highfield Priory School KS2 NCT Results 2017

Highfield Priory School KS2 NCT Results 2016

Examination Success to Independent Senior Schools 2016

6 places awarded at Lancaster Royal Grammar School, 3 places awarded at Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School and 1 place awarded at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School.

 

 

Highfield Priory School KS2 NCT Results 2015

  Level 4 Level 5
Maths 100% 100%
English Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar 100% 100%
Writing 95% 81%
English Comprehension 100% 90%

Examination Success to Independent Senior Schools 2015

  No. Sitting No. Passing
Kirkham Grammar School     6     6
Westholme School, Blackburn     4     4
AKS     1     1
SMH, Stonyhurst     1     1
Bolton Boys     4     4

In addition, 5 places awarded at Lancaster Royal Grammar School and 2 places at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School.

 

Independent and Grammar School Success

Year Six Leavers (2013)

The following Independent Senior School Entrance Exams were taken (and passed) by our Year Six pupils:

Independent School Entrance Exam Number Sitting Number Passing
Bolton School 3 3
Kirkham Grammar School 6 6
Westholme School, Blackburn 7 7
AKS 1 1
QEGS, Blackburn 1 1
Rossall School 1 1

In addition, two Academic Scholarships were awarded.

The following were successful with their Grammar School Applications:

  • Seven places were awarded at Lancaster Royal Grammar School
  • One place was awarded at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School

Year Six Leavers (2014)

The following Independent Senior School Entrance Exams were taken (and passed) by our Year Six pupils:

Independent School Entrance Exam Number Sitting Number Passing
Bolton School 5 5
Kirkham Grammar School 2 2
Westholme School, Blackburn 1 1
AKS 1 1
QEGS, Blackburn 0 0
Rossall School 0 0

The following were successful with their Grammar School Applications:

  • Three places were awarded at Lancaster Royal Grammar School
  • One place was awarded at Lancaster Girls' Grammar School
  • One place was awarded at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School

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