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    We are absolutely delighted to have achieved the School's best-ever GCSE results with 84% of students achieving 5+ A*-C grades and many stunning individual performances from students of all abilities. This is a 15% increase on last year's result and is a fantastic reward for all the hard work of our students and staff and great support from parents and carers. I am also delighted to tell you that Higham Lane School has achieved the best results of any comprehensive school in Warwickshire! This is something we are hugely proud of! We are never complacent about our success and are committed to performing consistently strongly. As we alway say to our students, ``Be the best you can be! No one can ask for more than that!'' Best wishes, Phil Kelly, Headteacher (30.8.14)

    What a wonderful Enrichment Week! The list of activities speaks for itself: Year 9 History trip to the London Dungeon, Year 7 Le Touquet trip to France, Year 8 Bin It workshop, Year 9 Prison Me No Way (crime awareness) day, Year 7 History trip to Warwick Castle, individual sports days for Years 7, 8 and 9, Year 7-8 reward trips to Drayton Manor Park and Star City, Year 9 reward trip to Alton Towers and Star City, Year 11 Duke of Edinburgh Award trip, plus lots of other fun activities in school. What a week! What great students! What great staff! What a school! Thanks to Mrs Mitchell for coordinating it all. Best wishes, Phil Kelly, Headteacher (10.7.14)

    At this time of great sporting activity internationally, it makes me hugely proud to reflect upon the fact that Higham Lane School is a place where students love sport and are actively involved in it! Of course we value competitive sports and are hugely proud that our netballers and badminton players regularly reach the national finals and our footballers perform admirably at county level. Even more important than this though perhaps is the fact that students willingly bring their kit for each PE lesson, develop their sporting skills in a wide range of activities whatever their ability through wonderful teaching and enjoy outstanding relationships with staff. Sport really is for everyone at HLS! Best wishes, Phil Kelly, Headteacher (19.6.14)

    Good luck to everyone taking exams. Thanks to everyone who is supporting you. Make the most of the lessons remaining: help yourself by concentrating, correcting your mistakes, helping your class to stay focused. Ask yourself why you want to be as successful as you can be. Is it to make you and your parents/carers proud? Do you want to increase the quality of your life in the future? Try to have a goal in mind and revisit this as much as possible when the revision and exam period becomes challenging. Remember that your teachers and parents/carers and friends all believe in you. We want you to have a great future! Remember those summer holidays ahead: only THEN can you relax without regrets, knowing you did the best you possibly could! Best wishes, Phil Kelly, Headteacher (15.5.14)

    We have just had the pleasure of carrying out the selection process for the 2014-15 Junior Leadership Team and Senior Prefects. Applicants were asked to write a letter of application outlining their personal qualities and ideas for future developments. Those shortlisted took part in an Apprentice-style group activity where they had to create a strategy that encouraged students to develop independent learning skills. Those who reached the final stage were interviewed by senior staff and members of the outgoing JLT. The standard of candidates was absolutely superb and we were so impressed by the quality of their ideas and their commitment to our school. Congratulations to those appointed to the roles of Head Girl and Head Boy, Assistant Head Girls and Assistant Head Boys, Senior Prefect Co-ordinators and Senior Prefects. Thank you to everyone who applied. As we always say on these occasions, we are a team at this school and everyone, irrespective of their role, has a contribution to make. Best wishes, Phil Kelly (3.4.14)

    We held our fourth Governors' Day on Friday, March 14. At our last Full Governors meeting back in December, governors shared ideas on how they would like to spend the day and the following programme was especially created to address their training requirements and give them an even better understanding of the work of the School: attending Staff Briefing; E Safety training; meeting with Student Voice and answering questions about the role of governors; understanding the quality assurance framework within the School; tips from a fellow governor on conducting a governor link visit; an update on teaching and learning developments, including a learning walk to a range of lessons; having lunch with students and attending lunchtime activities; attending a Year 8 assembly; understanding pupil progress and key government accountability measures; taking a closer look at finance and governors' responsibilities within an academy; OFSTED's expectations of Governing Bodies and, finally, an update on Post 16 plans. Governors' evaluations were extremely positive. They just wished they had had more time to talk to students, so we will build that into next year's event. Best wishes,  Mr Kelly, Headteacher (25.3.14) 

    The first meeting of our new Parent Forum took place last term and was a great success! In this new group, we aim to enable parents/carers to: join other parents to share ideas and put forward views to senior members of staff and governors; contribute to policy and decision making; be more informed about their child/children’s learning and receive  updates on actions following  previous meetings. In the next meeting on 12th February at 6.00pm in the Learning Resource Centre (Library), we will enable you to learn from an experienced English teacher about how we are promoting Literacy at the School. Why not come along? It is a friendly gathering and refreshments are provided. Best wishes, Phil Kelly, Headteacher (10.2.14)

    Dear Parents/Carers, The spring term has got off to an excellent start! The teaching staff, teaching assistants and cover supervisors began with an excellent INSET Day that included sharing strategies on effective teaching and learning, swapping one idea every 3 minutes with a different partner,  as well as time in subject teams developing schemes of learning. I was also so impressed by the staff and Year 11 students who worked on the iGCSE English throughout the day. We look forward to welcoming the Year 7 parents at their Student Progress Evening. Best wishes, Phil Kelly (16.1.14)

    On behalf of the staff and governors of Higham Lane School, I wish all of our students and parents/carers a Happy New Year! Best wishes, Phil Kelly, Headteacher (2.1.14)

    Dear Parents/Carers, We are really looking forward to our special Christmas Concert on Wednesday evening and our Christmas Concert for senior citizens from our local community on Thursday. The children love performing to these enthusiastic audiences! On behalf of the staff and governors at Higham Lane School, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Best wishes, Phil Kelly, Headteacher (16.12.13)

    We are delighted with our OFSTED Inspection Report! Inspectors praised students' exceptional attitudes to learning and their good progress, teachers' consistently good teaching that shows staff know their students well and the School's strong leadership at all levels. Students' active contribution to the everyday running of the School is also highlighted. Our achievements, as reflected in this inspection report, are a great compliment to our superb staff and wonderful students. We receive fantastic support from our governors, parents and carers and I know you will feel great satisfaction and pride in reading the report. This is an exceptionally positive report, but we are not complacent and are fully aware of how the School needs to move forward to become an outstanding school as we prepare to offer Post 16 education from September 2015. Best wishes, Phil Kelly, Headteacher (5.11.13)

    In the final week before half term, the Senior Leadership Team is popping into lessons to celebrate the learning that is taking place. We speak to students about what they are learning and how this lesson fits into their wider studies; we also ask them about their current level/grade and target level/grade and what they need to work on to make their work even better, so we can see how well they understand the feedback from their teachers. It is such a pleasure for us to see all the varieties of learning taking place at our school, the highly skilled, committed teachers at work and the magnificent attitudes to learning of our students. Best wishes, Phil Kelly, Headteacher (21.10.13)

    Higham Lane School looks forward to welcoming the OFSTED team to our school on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th October.  We look forward to celebrating the quality of our work with them and showing the fantastic qualities of our students and staff, ably supported by our parents and carers. Best wishes, Phil Kelly, Headteacher (8.10.13)

    The whole school is really looking forward to welcoming prospective parents/carers and pupils to our Open Day and Open Evening on Wednesday, October 2nd. Guided tours in the morning take place between 9am and 10am, and again at 11am, while the school is open from 6pm to 8.30pm in the evening. (For further details see `Latest News’). We want you to see the school at work during the day and in the evening every subject area will give you a special flavour of what they offer. We aim to make our Open Evening activities very hands-on, so that the whole family enjoys the event. There will be a brief speech from me as Headteacher (6.15pm and again at 7.15pm) and a special address from two members of our Junior Leadership Team on their views of our school. We will be delighted to answer all of your questions. If you have a child in Year 5 or 6, please come along and find out a little more about Higham Lane School! Best wishes, Phil Kelly, Headteacher (27.9.13)

    On behalf of the School, I would like to give a very warm welcome to all our new Year 7s. They have smiles on their faces, look extremely smart, and have made an excellent start! Also a warm welcome to their parents/carers. We are really looking forward to working with you. Several new staff have joined us as well, as indicated in our most recent newsletter. We wish all our new arrivals every happiness at HLS. Best wishes, Phil Kelly, Headteacher (5.9.13)

    I cannot believe another year has passed! Our Activities Week was a great success - an enormous variety of activities: a huge range of trips, sports days and school-based activities based on the theme of Commonwealth. Our final edition of HLS Express is our biggest and best ever! It gives you an idea of all the amazing things our young people have been involved in this term. Please take a look at it on the website. Have a wonderful summer! Best wishes, Phil Kelly, Headteacher (19.7.13)

    The Leavers’ Dance was a great event as always, with ex Year 11s looking stunning as they arrived at the Sketchley Grange Hotel. This evening marks the end of their time with us at Higham Lane, so we feel a real mixture of emotions: sadness to see them leave us, but enormous pride in how the School has helped to develop these superb young people. I also often chat to older brothers and sisters and hear about all their successes, as well as proud parents. Just as we say goodbye to Year 11s, Year 6 students join us for transition days. We make a real effort at HLS to ensure these future members of our school community feel fully welcomed by taking part in a variety of lessons, meeting their new tutor and members of their form group and having any questions answered. The visits by HLS students to our partner schools are always appreciated. Finally, a huge thank you to Mrs Davenport, Mrs Watson and all the students who entertained us in our excellent summer music concert. Phil Kelly, Headteacher (1.7.13)

    Good luck to everyone taking exams. Thanks to everyone who is supporting you. Make the most of the lessons remaining: help yourself by concentrating, correcting your mistakes, helping your class to stay focused. Ask yourself why you want to be as successful as you can be. Is it to make you and your parents/carers proud? Do you want to increase the quality of your life in the future? Try to have a goal in mind and revisit this as much as possible when the revision and exam period becomes challenging. Please read my Top Ten Tips for Success in Your Exams on this website (please click for link). It is packed with helpful hints! Remember that your teachers and parents/carers and friends all believe in you. We want you to have a great future! Remember those summer holidays ahead: only THEN can you relax without regrets, knowing you did the best you possibly could! Best wishes. Phil Kelly, Headteacher (13.5.13)

    The summer term is well and truly underway! Year 11s are focusing on their forthcoming exams. We were delighted with the recent Maths and Science results from exams taken earlier this year. Seeing the students’ smiling faces as they read their scores was a wonderful sight and a just reward for all their hard work. Sporting success also continues with news that the Under 16s have qualified for the Coventry Telegraph Cup Final at the Ricoh Arena. Please take a look at the article on the website about our visit to our Gambia link school. We are so proud of what our students and staff achieved there. Best wishes. Phil Kelly, Headteacher (22.4.13)

    So much is happening at this time. School trips have departed to our link school in The Gambia and to Morocco - a first for the Geography Department! The Junior Leadership Team and Prefect selection processes have begun, with applicants who were successful at the problem solving stage having been invited for interview. Happy Easter to you all. Best wishes. Phil Kelly, Headteacher (28.3.13)

    We are enormously proud that two of our netball teams have made it through to the National Finals in Essex on 16th March. This is a fantastic achievement for a comprehensive school and a great tribute to the efforts of the girls and their coaches, Mrs Davies and Miss Blunt. The girls’ families have been incredibly supportive in ferrying their children to and from fixtures and enthusiastically supporting the teams over several years. I was delighted to attend the Nuneaton and Bedworth Sports Forum’s Celebration of Sporting Achievement  on 22nd February and watch the U14 girls badminton team: Grace Taylor, Nicola Potts, Shaniah Wilkes and Katie Apted (coached by our Data Manager, Mr Dave Prior!) collect the Junior Team Award. This was an enormously proud moment for the girls and their parents. Our netballers and badminton players have been incredibly skilled in balancing their sporting contribution with the pressures of school work and other commitments. They are great role models to fellow students. Best wishes. Phil Kelly, Headteacher (4.3.13)

    We have recently been busy visiting lessons to celebrate students’ learning and talk to them about how they are progressing in each subject. We have been considering engagement and behaviour and also taking a look at exercise books and other work to see how teachers are applying our updated Feedback Policy. I have been really impressed by the enthusiasm and commitment of the students and their teachers. I’d also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Under 16 and Under 14 girls netball teams who have qualified for the National Finals in March. This is a fantastic achievement for the girls and their coaches, Mrs Davies and Miss Blunt. Best wishes. Phil Kelly, Headteacher (11.2.13)

    It has been quite a frustrating start to the term with the school closures due to extreme weather. Never before have I had to close the School early during a school day and never before have I seen seven inches of snow on this school’s grounds. The sheer amount of snow fall took us by surprise and meant it took longer than normal to ensure the site was safe and accessible to staff cars. Please kindly take a look at my letter to parents in the School Information section of the website to get a full insight into my recent decision making and my thoughts on planning to address future heavy snowfall. Best wishes. Phil Kelly, Headteacher (31.1.13)

    On behalf of our staff and governors, I would like to wish all of our pupils and their parents/carers a very happy, healthy and successful 2013. Best wishes. Phil Kelly (10.1.13)

    I hope my final blog for this term finds you well. I can’t believe Christmas has come around already! It will be wonderful for all of us to have some cherished time with our families and friends. It’s been another fantastic term and we are ending it on a real high with our Christmas Music Concert (which is now completely sold out!), followed by a special show we are putting on for senior citizens from our local community. Our Year 11 students will, I am sure, take a well-earned rest over some of the Christmas break and recharge their batteries. They will also be making good use of their time in preparing for forthcoming examinations. Our termly school newsletter, HLS Express, will be reaching you this week. Please have a read of it as it is packed with interesting articles, many of which have been written by the students themselves. We are extremely proud that so much of value is taking place at our school! Thank you for your continuing support for the School. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Phil Kelly (19.12.12)

    It was lovely to see so many current and former Higham Lane staff and pupils at the Remembrance Service in Nuneaton on Sunday in various capacities. The School was represented by Head Girl, Muneebah, Head Boy, Dom and me. They presented our special wreath which has the School’s name and badge at its centre. I chatted to Muneebah and Dom before the service began and we considered how many years this important event has taken place and why it is so important that the School is represented. It was also terrific to meet up with two ex Higham Laners, Ian and Ella, who were representing King Edward’s College and hear about their progress in their A level courses and applications to university. In the hustle and bustle of modern life, moments of true reflection like Remembrance Sunday are rare. The words of ‘Abide with Me’ never cease to lose their poignancy I feel. We must remember that these events do not just honour the fallen of two World Wars, but also more recent conflicts. Phil Kelly (12.11.12)

    Just before half term we ran a selection process for a new Deputy Headteacher. These events are sometimes called `interview days' but we don't use that term because there is so much more to them than interviewing each candidate. Over the past few years, schools have become much more skilled at ensuring candidates for such key positions are fully assessed on the wide range of qualities they will need to use in the particular position. I am delighted at Higham Lane that pupils play such an active part in the process. This includes: Year 9 pupils taking each candidate on a tour of the School and answering any questions; the Junior Leadership Team interviewing candidates individually with an Assistant Headteacher; Year Ambassadors having lunch with the candidates and pupils having a chance to speak to them on the playground at lunchtime. In addition, candidates were also asked to: teach a lesson; take part in a discussion on two key issues; do an in-tray exercise about how they would handle a range of situations on a challenging day; give a presentation on how they would further develop teaching and observe a Higham Lane teacher teaching a lesson and give feedback to the teacher on the strengths and areas for development of that lesson. And of course there are the interviews on a range of topics such as their ideas on pastoral matters, curriculum, behaviour for learning, special educational needs and disabilities and teaching and learning. I hope you can see from this long list just how thoroughly we assess candidates to recruit the very best staff for Higham Lane School and why the term `interview day' is now truly out of date! Phil Kelly (5.11.12)

    It was wonderful to see so many parents/carers of Year 7 pupils at last Thursday’s parents’ evening.  We are so impressed with all of our new Year 7s and we agree with their parents/carers that they have settled in extremely well. One of the highlights of my week was chatting to Jess Knight and Daniel Robbins from Year 11 who have been nominated by their English teacher, Miss Wilson, for outstanding effort on their English controlled assessments. I also really enjoyed visiting Yr 11 Catering and Drama lessons this week. The Catering students displayed great confidence and independence in the way they set about preparing their soufflés! I felt like a judge on Master Chef as I questioned the young people about their recipes, except I am no expert! The Drama students are really enjoying their new syllabus and experimenting with a technique called Forum Theatre. Their ideas were incredible. The imagination, humour and cheerfulness of all of these students and their teachers hugely impressed me. Have a great week! Phil Kelly (15.10.12)

    What a fantastic week we have had at HLS! Our Open Day was an enormous success. Feedback from visiting parents and younger pupils about the quality of their Higham Lane tours was absolutely outstanding. There are no better ambassadors for our school than the young people who confidently and enthusiastically show visitors around and answer their questions. It never ceases to amaze me how many of our pupils choose to give up their time to help with Open Evening. They have enormous pride in their school. I am indebted to Head Boy, Dom, Head Girl, Muneebah and Assistant Head Girl, Sam, for speaking so informatively and confidently to parents in Coombe Hall. Our enthusiastic staff laid on excellent displays and activities to give visitors a flavour of the way we work. Please see the pictures on this website. To top it all off, our Year 11 netballers won the Warwickshire County Netball Tournament! Congratulations girls! We are all so proud of you! Best wishes, Phil Kelly (8.10.12)

    The whole school is really looking forward to welcoming prospective parents/carers and pupils to our Open Day and Open Evening on Wednesday, October 3. (See `Latest News’ for more details). We want you to see the school at work during the day and in the evening every subject area will give you a special flavour of what they offer. We aim to make our Open Evening activities very hands-on, so that the whole family enjoys the event. There will be a brief speech from me as Headteacher and a special address from two members of our Junior Leadership Team on their views of our school. We will be delighted to answer all of your questions. If you have a child in Year 5 or 6, please come along and find out a little more about Higham Lane School! Best wishes, Phil Kelly (24.9.12)

    In my opening assembly I have been talking to our young people about our school’s core mission: helping learners succeed, and asking them to reflect on what this means. We have been considering all the opportunities that exist within the School to do your best, whether in particular subjects, in sport, drama or music or in taking on a responsibility such as being a Year Ambassador. I have reminded all the pupils about the importance of our Behaviour for Learning Policy, which 99.9% of Higham Lane students follow, day in, day out, which is why they receive so much praise from school staff and visitors. With Year 11s, we have talked about doing everything you can to take control of your future within a highly-competitive world where technological change is rapid. We ask them to quite simply do their very best, which is what the staff will do to support them. The workshop of effective revision strategies that was led by Year 11 pupils during the Parents’ Information Evening was excellent and well-received by Year 11 parents. This will be shared with all Year 11s in the year group over the next few C&PSHE lessons. Dr Giovanelli (Deputy Headteacher) has been talking to the pupils about our revised Feedback and Marking Code that focuses on ensuring assessment is purposeful and actively engages pupils. Best wishes, Phil Kelly (17.9.12)

    On behalf of the School, I would like to give a very warm welcome to our new Year 7s. It's great to have you with us! We have all been inspired by the Olympians and Paralymians over the summer. They have reminded us just what can be achieved through sheer hard work, dedication and sometimes battling against the odds. I am sure I will be referring to Mo Farah, Ellie Simmonds and Jessica Ennis in my assemblies this year! Talking of great performances, we were very pleased that 96% of our Year 11 GCSE pupils achieved 5+A*-C grades, with 71% achieving 5+A*-Cs including English and Maths. 29% of pupils achieved 5+A*-A grades. It was pleasing to see the smiles on the faces of so many of our former students as they opened their results. We know these figures would have been even higher if there had not been the issues with the assessment of GCSE English highlighted in the media. I wish everyone a happy and successful year. Phil Kelly (10.9.12)

    The end of the school year has come around again and we have finished on an incredible high! Our Activities Week was an enormous success. This enrichment opportunity featured school trips galore, creative lessons on the theme of the Jubilee, our sponsored walk to raise money for the School that the Junior Leadership will oversee next year and three amazing sports days held inside due to the inclement weather. The pupils loved their indoor Olympic challenges. We are fortunate to have such an imaginative PE Dept who did not let the weather get the better of them! The finale to our term was an absolutely outstanding production of Willy Russell's Our Day Out. It is a pleasure to work with the young people, staff and parents/carers of this wonderful school. Have a great summer! Phil Kelly (19.7.12)

    Year 11's final day was truly something to behold! I think it is fair to say that the School has really made a great effort to ensure this day is special for all our Year 11s as they prepare to leave us. This year students were allowed to wear their 2012 Leavers hoodies and enjoyed refreshments, shirt signing and taking photos in Coombe Hall at break as all of their teachers came to say farewell and write notes in their leavers' books. This continued at lunchtime as catering staff treated them to a special barbecue on the main playing field. The day finished in great style with our now legendary leavers' assembly. I would love to believe that the highlight was my brief farewell speech, but that was a very small part of proceedings! We all enjoyed watching a slideshow of photos of staff and pupils and how we've changed over the years, a hysterical drama sketch by our Drama students, live music from pupils and staff and our amazing `Rockstar' farewell video, put together by Progress Leader, Mr Morris, and Katie, our ICT senior technician, which can be found on this website and YouTube! As Headteacher I find these days wonderfully enjoyable, incredibly uplifting and quite emotional all in one. The quality, kindness and imagination of the young people who attend this school and the staff who work with them never ceases to amaze me. Good luck Year 11! We will miss you and we are so proud of you all! Phil Kelly (19.6.12)

    OFSTED, whose job it is to monitor the performance of each school across the country, have given Higham Lane School a ringing endorsement! It was very pleasing to receive a letter from Her Majesty's Inspector, Susan Gregory, on 20th March which praised the School's performance and showed OFSTED believe we are doing a good job. The letter concluded: ``I am pleased to inform you that our interim assessment shows that the School's performance has been sustained and that we can defer its next inspection . . . I wish everyone in the School continued success in the future.'' Phil Kelly (28.3.12)

    It's that time of year again when we are selecting the new Junior Leadership Team (JLT). This is made up of six Yr 11 pupils including Head Girl, Head Boy and their Assistants. This group has played a hugely important role in the School over the past three years and their responsibilities include: chairing and minuting weekly JLT meetings with Mrs Allport and I, attending Governors' meetings, line managing prefects, organising Non Uniform Days and other fundraising events, organising Yr 6 induction day activities, maintaining the JLT noticeboard and website and presenting assemblies to each year group. Most important of all, they represent the views of students and try to make the School even better. They tell me about the `Word on the Street' and make proposals to move the School forward. The current JLT has done a fantastic job. I am looking forward to reading the applications of Year 10 students. Best wishes. Phil Kelly (27.2.12)

    One of my favourite experiences as headteacher is walking past a classroom and realising really exciting or unusual learning is taking place. The other day, I noticed Mr Parker's Science lesson had pupils stood in a circle. When I entered the classroom I discovered that the lesson was considering the speed of a nerve impulse from a stimulus to a response. Students had previously established the pathway of a nervous response and also that signals are sent within the nervous system as electrical impulses. The class all stood in a circle holding the elbow of the student to their clockwise side. Every student held one elbow and also had one of their elbows held. They asked me to join the circle which I gladly did. A start student was selected, who was given an aural stimulus; at the same time a stop watch was started. Following this they had to squeeze the elbow they were holding. Each subsequent student then squeezed the elbow they were holding, as soon as they felt their elbow being squeezed. This went in a clockwise direction. As soon as the last person felt their elbow being squeezed they said `stop' and the stopwatch was stopped. The class divided the total time by the number of people involved and this gave them the time taken from stimulus to a response in one person. Active, thought-provoking learning at its best! Phil Kelly (30.1.12)

    An excellent start to the term! Staff began with a terrific training day on active learning and safeguarding. Year 11 pupils have been revising hard and sitting GCSE exams in English, Maths and Business and trial examinations in all other subjects. Mr Gareth Davies is busily packing his giant container with items for our link school in The Gambia. Can you help with this? Please see the News section. Sporting congratulations to the Year 8/9 girls' and boys' teams who won the Nuneaton & District Badminton Tournament, the Year 7 girls who won the Year 8 District Swimming Gala and the Year 7/8 girls team who won the Nuneaton & District Football Tournament. Have a great week! Phil Kelly (16.1.12)

    What a wonderful way to finish this autumn term with our fantastic Christmas music concert. The standard of contributions from pupils was fantastic. The variety was amazing, with traditional pieces, Indian music and the Arctic Monkeys in one stunning evening of entertainment! Delighted to report that our German Exchange students and staff have returned safely after their trip to Münster. HLS Express is now available so please have a good read over the Christmas break. So many wonderful activities have been taking place within the School and beyond! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Phil Kelly (16.12.11)

    The annual RE Inter-faith Day was a huge success! I was so impressed by the enthusiasm, commitment and imagination of our Year 11s as they actively participated in workshops and presented songs, poems, pictures and raps on the theme of being open-minded to an audience of the whole year group. A huge thank you to Mrs Kilkelly, Miss Charles and Mrs Lloyd, as well as Year 11 teachers who led workshops. I challenge any school to have achieved such a high level of engagement by Year 11s in an RE-based day two weeks before the end of the autumn term! This says so much about our students and staff! Phil Kelly (5.12.11)

    As a forward-thinking school, we are committed to being the best we can be, celebrating our positive qualities and permanently improving our performance. Parents will have received a Kirkland Rowell survey to complete and return to the school by Friday, November 25th. We carry out such a survey every two years to gather parents' views on what the school does well and how it can improve further. The findings are analysed for us indepedently by the market research company Kirkland Rowell. Pupils will be completing a similar survey in their CPSHEEd lesson this week. We look forward to receiving your feedback! Have a great week. Phil Kelly (21.11.11)

    Attending the annual Remembrance Sunday parade and service at Riversley Park is always a great pleasure. Head Boy, Amrik Singh and Assistant Head Girl, Becky Amos-Hirst laid a wreath on behalf of pupils and staff of Higham Lane School. It was wonderful to see so many of our current and former pupils and staff at the parade, often representing local organisations that give opportunities to our young people. We have an incredibly busy seven days ahead of us with Enterprise Week, Children in Need and Prizegiving. Good luck to those pupils sitting examinations in Science. Best wishes. Phil Kelly (14.11.11)

    The Year 8 Business & Enterprise Days, which developed Maths and Business skills, were active, independent, fun learning at its best. I was so impressed to see 240 youngsters totally engrossed in challenging activities as they designed cars of the future and presented their ideas. The number of different skills that were used was incredible! Enterprise runs through this school like the wording on a stick of rock! Thanks to the two Ms: Mrs McKernan and Mr McDonald for making a difference! Have a great week! Phil Kelly (7.11.11)

    Charity is in the air at HLS! Every year group has adopted a chosen charity. These include: Guide Dogs for the Blind, Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, Teenage Cancer Trust, Baby Lifeline (at George Eliot Hospital) and Make a Wish. Year 11 Charity Week was a great success! Year 7 and 8s are also supporting Operation Christmas Child, distributing gift-filled shoeboxes to disadvantaged children around the world. Our students and their families and our staff never cease to impress me with their kindness, imagination and generosity of spirit! Have a great week! Phil Kelly (31.10.11)

    It's a great pleasure for me to write the first-ever Headteacher's Blog. We're still receiving thank yous for the students who welcomed visitors on Open Day. Our netballers, footballers and rugby players are continuing to achieve great things! The weekend's Gambia training went really well despite the weather. Looking ahead, it's Year 11 Charity Week and Art students will be day tripping on Wednesday. Looking forward to seeing our Year 7 parents on Thursday. Have a great week! Phil Kelly (10.10.11)

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