Highfield Priory, Fulwood, Lancashire

I spent a super morning with pupils at Highfield Priory Independent School in Fulwood, near Preston, on Wednesday.  The main school building is a rather imposing large Georgian/early Victorian house that once probably (I say probably because I can’t find a specific history so I’m guessing) belonged to one of the affluent industrialists in the area. It has been a school since the 1940s.  My sessions took place in the gym behind the main building and I was immediately struck by what a sporty school Highfield Priory must be, judging by all the sports stars they’ve had visiting them.

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The PE teachers’ cupboard door includes autographs from famous rugby players, footballers, swimmers, athletes, netball players and cyclists. The collection included a former pupil, Daniel Silwinski, a swimmer who won a bronze medal in the Commonwealth Games.

The children were delightful. I was especially impressed by the four brave souls who volunteered to tell a story off the top of their heads in front of everyone. Aditya, whose story involved finding many useful tools in his pockets, won the ‘Storyteller’s Gold.’

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Loving the arrow above my head.  Brain cells heading left…

 

Y5 and Y6 bowled me over with the variety of authors they liked reading. Here’s the list someone kindly jotted down for me:

Eion Colfer

Caroline Lawrence

Anthony Horowitz

Enid Blyton

Suzanne Collins

William Nicholson

Louis Sachar

Tom Palmer

Alan Temperley

Gillian Cross

Cathy Cassidy

Alan Gibbons

Malorie Blackman

Chris Ryan

Philip Pullman

James Dashner

Joan Aitken

What made my day was one of the teachers telling me that my Girls FC books had got his reluctant reader girls into reading. That’s such an accolade.  Apparently my books don’t stay in the library long as they are borrowed all the time. Get in there, Megan and co.

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Girls FC series popular with boys and girls at Highfield Priory

Thank you, Mrs Haythornthwaite, for inviting me to your fab school and Tom Palmer for recommending me. I look forward to reading the interview by Harry and Ismaeel in your forthcoming newsletter.

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  1. Mrs Haythornthwaite

    We all thoroughly enjoyed your visit to Highfield Priory School! You are a very entertaining and inspiring author and the children were still talking about you on Friday! Needless to say, many of them have their heads stuck into your books now! Thank you once again!
    Mrs Haythornthwaite