Welcome to the new term at Highbury School!

Welcome from our Headteacher

Highbury has been affiliated to the Diocese of Portsmouth and Winchester for over three years . This means that we have a set of Christian values chosen by the children that we use to support our behaviour policy and underpin the curriculum.  These are love and friendship, peace, faith, determination, forgiveness and respect. We celebrate these values in our weekly collective worship led by the children. Our RE curriculum is diverse and ensures children learn about many faiths and to have faith in themselves.

As you are reading this I presume that you are looking for a new school for your child/children. Well Highbury has plenty of exciting learning opportunities for them.

Here at Highbury we plan for your child’s learning to ensure they succeed.  The class is taught the same objective and staff will ensure that your child achieves this during the lesson,  or in a small group catch up session during the day or revisiting it at a later date.  Pupils are encouraged to work in pairs and teams to develop their spoken skills and promote each others learning.  Staff will ensure that the activities are carefully crafted to challenge every child.  Pupils receive a weekly ‘Forest School’ lesson to help support their social, emotional and personal development.  Residential trips are a regular part of the Key Stage 2 curriculum.  Highbury Primary School takes safeguarding of our children very seriously and all staff and volunteers have completed safeguarding training and have been vetted under the DBS system.

Pupils will study a full range of subjects from the national curriculum but great emphasis will be given to speaking and listening, reading and writing, as well as key number skills.  All of these key areas will ensure future success for your child.

Creativity will be promoted throughout the school day.  With teachers planning motivational starting points at the beginning of themes, at the beginning of weeks and within lessons themselves. These will include trips out, visitors in to school, dressing up and role playing situations and much more.

Children with special educational needs will be carefully planned for as individuals to ensure that they too make maximum progress in their learning and higher attaining pupils challenged to exceed their best.  Our Inclusion Leader will be inviting you to attend sessions to learn about how we cater for your child.  You can look at the local offer on this website to find out more.

Here at Highbury we know your children have lots of personal interests so we try to cater for them. This term we are running lots of clubs to enthuse them. There will be choir, football, hockey, dance, garden club, nature club and art club to name but a few. For those children who find homework hard there will be a club to support them too. At lunchtime there will always be staff available to help the children at lunch club.  Highbury University runs once per week to inspire children’s passion in a variety of subjects including different languages, cooking, the natural world, decoupage, outdoor discovery and seasonal craft.

We always have a Harvest Festival celebration and a Nativity for foundation and Key Stage 1.  The school also perform an Easter play and an end of year production by Years 5 and 6.  This year the leavers will be having a Leavers BBQ again!

In addition the school is also affiliated with Highbury College, who support us in many ways, particularly with our Governance and ICT structure.  We often visit the College and students may provide activities such as art and dance for the children.  This relationship gives our pupils something to aspire to.

School life is rich and vibrant. Our children here at Highbury feel safe and happy and know where to go for help.

If you would like to visit us please phone the office and it would be my pleasure to show you round.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Sarah Sadler