Our students take part in and experience a huge number of amazing things throughout the year. These range from hatching ducklings to singing in the Cathedral to recording their own music in a professional studio. Please scroll down for a taste of what we do.

Rock Band

Pupils were able to go and make their own recording in a professional recording studio and loved every minute - they also played live at Prom!

Duchess of Ely

Our adapted take on the Duke of Edinburgh scheme. Pupils work together and independently towards awards at different levels and have practice expeditions before overnight camping at Nene Park near Peterborough. 

Film Awards

We love it when Film Awards time comes around.....out comes the red carpet, we have ushers, presenters, security, lighting and sound crew all manned by students and pupils and their families get to watch the films they've made in school on the big screen.




We may be a small school but our Prom is massive, and literally a red carpet event. Students in all Pathways in KS4 and KS5 attend - we even welcome back some former pupils too. Students and staff dress to impress and we've had motorbike motorcades and even a Fen Limo (a tractor) bringing students down the driveway where they are escorted onto the red carpet in front of families and friends.








Residential trips

We run residential trips for students in KS3, KS4 and KS5. We use two different providers, one in Norfolk and one in Wales. Young people experience adventurous activities, staying away from home, cooking and cleaning for themselves - the effects of these trips are often transformational in terms of confidence.

Sports Days

We run our own Sports Days in school for all Pathways and all ages - families attend and take part too. We also send competitors to the Active Learning Trust Panathlon and other external competitive sporting events each year.

Ely Cathedral Christingle Concert

Christingle at Ely Cathedral has been a tradition at Highfield for many years. Families are welcome and get to share the incredible experience of singing in Ely Cathedral with their young people.

Local School trips

We have trips for all Pathways going out locally every week in and around Ely. These include trips to shops, cafes, museums, a play centre, the Cathedral, garden centres, local businesses and more. Students experience a range of settings and learn how to behave safely and thoughtfully around others, to use money, to practice good road safety, to interpret signage - the list of benefits goes on and on.

Christmas Fayre

Another longstanding Highfield tradition, pupils sell quality items they have made in their Enterprise classes. They set up and decorate the school Hall, run their own stalls with support and take responsibility for cash handling. This is a packed house every year!

Grow your own Ducklings!

Pupils were fascinated to be able to witness the progress from egg to duckling in this science related experience. The ducklings were with us for several weeks in total and some were eventually homed with members of our school team.