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Highfield School
2 West Road, SL6 1PD Maidenhead
+44 (0)1628 624918

Welcome to Highfield School

Highfield is the leading independent preparatory school for girls in the Maidenhead area with an unrivalled reputation for academic excellence, developing in every child a love of learning for life. Highfield School is a member of the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS).

With approximately 160 pupils aged from 2½ - 11 years, all our girls are encouraged to develop firm foundations for their future lives.

For a colour brochure, or to arrange a visit at the school, please call us on 01628 624918 or visit our contact details page.

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Headteacher's welcome

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Highfield; I hope that you enjoy our web site pages and will be encouraged to come and visit the school to meet us all.

We are an established, small school in the heart of Maidenhead; our children live within about ten miles and there is a friendly, informal atmosphere throughout.

Every child is known and cherished by the staff, who give them confidence to recognise their abilities and the skills to achieve their potential. We all work hard and achieve excellent academic standards but we recognise that happiness and self-esteem owe as much to being able to enjoy life as to academic success.

When the girls leave us at eleven they do so secure in the knowledge that they have been recognised as valuable individuals and have the confidence to make a worthwhile contribution to the twenty-first century.

I do hope that you will be able to visit Highfield to experience the energy and enthusiasm of this very special place.

I look forward to meeting you personally,

Yours sincerely,

Catherine M. A. Lane (Mrs)

History & mission

Highfield School in 1922

Highfield was founded in 1918 by Miss Evelyn Hadfield. It was made into an Educational Charitable Trust in 1966. The Board of Honorary Governors is responsible for the finances of the school, the fabric of the premises, the fees and the size of class.

Highfield follows the National Curriculum requirements while still adhering to the philosophy of education of Charlotte Mason, the founder of the Parents' National Educational Union.

Charlotte Mason
Charlotte Mason founded the PNEU in 1887. Miss Mason was a forward thinking educationalist of her era. Her philosophy continues to this day that all children are individuals and should be treated as such and the curriculum should be exciting, encouraging all children to become self-motivated.

We strive for excellence in every aspect of life, at school and at home, in academic pursuits and in games. Kindness to others, tolerance, conscientiousness and good sportsmanship are all encouraged; we believe that learning can be fun!

We encourage all parents to be actively involved in the education of their child, believing that such co-operation and team-work will be of the greatest benefit.

School ethos & aims


Highfield is a happy school sustaining values which enable children to live their lives fully and providing a broad education to discover strengths.

Highfield engenders a love of learning that will endure for life. We believe that happiness is the key to success.


  • To provide a broad, balanced and differentiated education enabling every pupil to maximise her potential;
  • To prepare pupils socially, emotionally and physically for the next stage in education;
  • To provide stability in a changing society;
  • To develop spiritual richness, integrity, confidence and enthusiasm;
  • To put first the needs, interests and aptitudes of the individual;
  • To develop self-knowledge;
  • To create opportunities for thinking, expression and creativity;
  • To respect self, others and the environment;
  • To value honesty, fairness, compassion and empathy;
  • To celebrate achievement;
  • To provide a foundation for the future.

Main school overview

Highfield School

There are approximately 160 pupils in the main school from the age of 2½ - 11 years. The girls are encouraged to develop firm foundations for their future lives.

Highfield is non-selective, there is a wide range of ability, yet every child is given the self-esteem to develop as an individual and contribute positively to the school.

We expect every child to do their best and we make every effort to make that possible.

Academic results show a consistently high standard in statutory National Curriculum assessment as well as Common Entrance and senior independent schools' examinations.


Sport plays a significant part in the school curriculum. PE is taught to all the children by qualified specialist teachers and excellent facilities are available both on and off site. All the girls take part in a wide variety of activities and many are keen to compete; sports' scholarships have been awarded to leading senior schools.

The girls excel at netball and are enthusiastic young hockey players; they learn to play team and individual sports and regularly represent the school in rounders, tennis and badminton tournaments.

The girls are very creative and talented. An extremely high standard is reached in Olympic gymnastics, educational gymnastics and apparatus work. Many girls represent clubs in competitive events outside school.

Swimming takes place throughout the year and Highfield is well known for producing superb swimmers.

The Eton College, Thames Valley Athletics Centre provides a stunning venue for all athletics events. The summer term season culminates in a competitive Sports Day.

Outdoor Adventure activities are enjoyed off site and the girls develop confidence, self-esteem and team spirit through canoeing, rock climbing and raft building.

Sporting Achievements

  • Hockey - IAPS Quarter finalists
  • Represented Windsor and Maidenhead in the Thames Valley Youth Games
  • IAPS Tennis doubles champions
  • Runners up in the IAPS singles tennis
  • Winners and runners up in the local netball league
  • Quarter finalists IAPS Badminton - Highfield was the only all girls team represented
  • IAPS Swimming Gala finalists

'I won a medal!'

Butterfly race

High jump


Christmas choir

At Highfield music makes our hearts sing!

Music is taught as a specialist subject throughout the school from Nursery to Year 6.

The girls take pleasure in singing and playing a wide variety of instruments from the freedom of percussion in the infant classes to the disciplined skills of the flute and violin in the juniors. There is an enthusiastic school orchestra and an all-comers choir; the talented musician can excel and every child can be guaranteed to take pleasure from making a valuable contribution to the music curriculum.

The girls learn to appreciate music and enjoy entertaining the school and wider community with their music making. The girls show high levels of motivation, commitment and skill; for some it has led to a career in the music profession.

Music scholarships to leading senior schools are often achieved by the Year 6 pupils.


Millenium Quilt

Art is an important aspect of the school curriculum; it is our aim to enable all children to portray their thoughts, feelings, observations and experiences through art and design.

Art is a joyful and rewarding experience for all the pupils; the youngest children have access to creative materials throughout the day. Enthusiastic teaching provides opportunities to develop skills through a wide range of activities and materials, including silk screen painting, clay and art through ICT; all children enjoy seeing their results displayed in school. We are always excited by the talent and creativity of the girls and encourage them to present their work with pride and to enter competitions, often with significant success.

Drama & dance

Midsummer Night's Dream

The girls' achievements in dance are exceptional; they demonstrate grace and stamina and reach a standard beyond that of the average secondary pupil.

An annual event is the spell-binding, two hour, performing arts production held in front of an audience of over two hundred.

The girls have enthusiasm and talent for drama. All pupils enjoy drama as part of the curriculum and many will take the opportunity of joining the extra-curricular clubs and activities. They use their skills to perform and entertain in a variety of productions throughout the year.

Highfield Nursery School, Maidenhead

Highfield Nursery School, Maidenhead

Nursery painting

Highfield School has an established reputation for early years education.

The children are in a happy, safe environment with wonderful opportunities to make friends and learn through play.

Fully qualified, caring teachers support and enhance their learning. They enjoy specialist music teaching, gym sessions and learning to swim in the school pool.

We will make sure that session times support working parents; Early Birds, Extended Day and Holiday Care are available to all Nursery children.

All in all Highfield Nursery School, Maidenhead is a great learning experience!

Aims of the nursery

Learning to count

We aim to:

  • To provide a happy, safe and stimulating environment in which very young children can develop emotionally, socially, physically and intellectually.
  • To ensure that children feel secure, valued and confident and are able to develop a sense of achievement through learning which is a pleasurable experience.
  • To offer a broad, balanced and diverse curriculum which will enable them to achieve the early learning goals by the end of the Foundation Stage.
  • To provide the children with opportunities to learn through play.
  • To offer equal opportunities for all children by making them active in their own learning.

The friendly environment conceals the rigour of a well-planned early-years curriculum which develops confident, enthusiastic, self-motivated children. Highfield believes that learning can be a thoroughly enjoyable experience.



There are many activities that the girls can take part in before and after school. The judo squad and drama groups are firm favourites; Latin and gymnastics are very popular too.

The majority of girls learn to play an instrument, the piano, flute or violin.

Parents' Association
Highfield has a very active Parents' Association. Every parent in the school is a member and a wide range of family activities take place during the year.

School trips, visits and visitors

Visit to Air Ambulance

Every child enjoys educational visits which range from outings to the British War Museum to Adventure holidays; from feeding the spring lambs to experiencing a Victorian school room.

We encourage visitors to the school: the friendly local policeman , a Member of Parliament, a Russian musician and a banker have all been to Highfield to meet and talk with the girls.

The visits enhance the school curriculum and provide excitement and new experiences. The girls learn about themselves and the world they live in. They learn to face new challenges and develop self-confidence and self-esteem as well as a deeper understanding of other people and their needs.

Extended Day, Early Birds and Holiday Care

Violin lesson

Extended Day was originally introduced to help working parents. However, children now regularly attend for the excellent range of activities provided.

Extended day runs from 3.30 - 6 p.m. There is a different activity planned each day, tea is provided and Junior children staying until 6 p.m. can use a quiet room to complete their homework.

Early Birds: children may arrive at school from 7.45, breakfast is available if required.

Holiday Care: The Wise Owls Club run holiday care at Highfield during every school holiday. Contact us for details.

The admission process

Highfield School admits girls from 2½ - 11 years and brothers often join the Nursery. Catherine Lane, the Headteacher welcomes parents to visit the school to meet the children and staff.

A non-refundable fee of £50 is payable on registration. The deposit of £200 will be refunded from the final account less disbursements.

Children are accepted into:

  • Nursery Class from the age of 2½. In the year of their 4th birthday pupils are expected to attend for five mornings to prepare for Reception
  • Reception Class (full-time) in the September of the academic year in which they have their fifth birthday;
  • Older children may enter at any time provided there is space available.

To arrange a visit to the school, either telephone or e-mail Nancy France, School Secretary on 01628 624918 or

Fee structure

September 2007

Years 5 and 6 £2355.00 per term
Years 3 and 4 £2305.00 per term
Years 1 and 2 £2225.00 per term
Reception £1995.00 per term

Inclusive of lunches, swimming tuition throughout the year, educational visits and visitors, games transport, all text books, stationery, pupil's personal accident insurance and achievement awards. Residential trips will be charged separately.

Nursery fees

Full care from 7.45 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. £1,995.00 per term
1 morning per week £199.00 per term
2 mornings per week £398.00 per term
3 mornings per week £597.00 per term
4 mornings per week £796.00 per term
5 mornings per week £995.00 per term
Nursery afternoons available (including lunch) 12.00 noon – 3.30 p.m.

Nursery Education Funding is currently available for all 3 and 4 year olds attending a setting registered within the RBWM. Highfield School is such a setting. Highfield School is also registered with OFSTED for the provision of Out-of-Hours Day Care and Early Years Care. Childcare vouchers may be acceptable as part payment.


Extended Day and Early Birds

Registration Fee £50
Deposit £200

NOTE: Your deposit will be refunded from your final account in Year 6 less any disbursements. Sibling discounts between 5% and 25%. Details from the Bursar.

Independent girls school UK

We recognise a family moving to Maidenhead might look on the Internet for 'Independent girls school UK', or similar, and come across Highfield School.

We want to provide the best help and information we can, as we do already with our current pupils and parents. To that end we have ensured our website is highly accessible and able to demonstrate a true impression of our values and friendly, informal atmosphere.

As we say on our home page:

Highfield is the leading independent preparatory school for girls in the area with an unrivalled reputation for academic excellence, developing in every child a love of learning for life. Highfield School is a member of the Incorporated Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS).

So browse around to see why we deserve to be clicked from an Internet search for 'Independent girls school UK'. Or perhaps book to visit us or read what some of our parents have said:

" We have been extremely happy with Highfield School and it will be with great sadness that the girls will be leaving such an exceptional school. We have also been very happy to be part of the Highfield community who have played a large part in helping us settle in Maidenhead and therefore have assisted in making our stay in this country such a happy one! "

" ...thoroughly enjoys coming to Highfield and I feel very proud that she is in a school with an excellent reputation. I have often thought about how the teachers give her a very caring environment which I know she relishes. The office staff are very professional and a credit to the school... I compliment you and your staff for doing such a grand job. "

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