HIGHFIELD South Farnham School is celebrating the opening of its new astroturf pitch this term, which is just one of the many investments that have been made at the school since joining the South Farnham Educational Trust in February 2015.

The addition of an all-weather pitch has allowed the children to enjoy outdoor sports all year round, and Highfield is now opening its doors to many other local Farnham schools and hosting many inter-school football and netball matches.

As well as the astroturf, since joining the South Farnham Educational Trust the school has benefited from a complete kitchen redevelopment, touch screen technology in each classroom, and a huge investment in the IT infrastructure.

The physical facilities are not the only change that can be found within the school. Highfield is now ranked in the top three per cent of schools in country in terms of progress in English, reading and writing, and mathematics, and as a result, pupil numbers have increased from 184 in November 2014 to almost 270 in November 2017.

The school is now becoming the school of choice for many local families and is also attracting a number of new families to the Farnham area.

To support this demand, Highfield will be offering 60 new reception places in September 2018 and is also proposing a change to their admission policy in 2019/2020 offering an intake into year three to give local families more parental choice.

Headteacher Gregory West said: “Parental choice is a key driver for us so that children receive the educational provision that is right and personalised for them. We are so fortunate in Farnham that there is a wide range of wonderful schools from which to choose.”