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History

Highfield School was founded in Southampton in 1892 by Mr EA Wells, the owner and first Headmaster. The school first opened as a boys’ prep with 18 pupils. In 1904, Mr William Mills became the owner and Headmaster and moved Highfield to its present 175-acre site in Liphook, on the Hampshire, West Sussex and Surrey border.

The new purpose-built school opened in September 1907 with 32 boys, all boarders. The school grew steadily; a beautiful Chapel was added in 1910, with other buildings quickly following suit. Mr Mills, who was ordained in 1912 and later became an Honorary Canon of Portsmouth Cathedral, remained Headmaster until 1953. Under Canon Mills, the school grew to accommodate 120 boys and established an enviable reputation for academic and sporting excellence. Highfield pupils won many scholarships to the leading English public schools, including Eton, Winchester, Shrewsbury, Charterhouse, Rugby and Sherborne.

Canon Mills died in 1953 and was succeeded by his son, Peter. The school became co-educational in 1978 and also began to take day children into the junior part of the school. Peter Mills retired in 1979 to be succeeded by Old Highfieldian Robin Orr, who remained Headmaster until 1993. During his tenure, school numbers rose from around 120 to almost 170. Under Nigel Ramage, Mr Orr’s successor, the school began a considerable programme of refurbishment and building work. Mr Ramage was succeeded in 1999 by Phillip Evitt when the compulsory boarding requirement ended, although many children still choose to board to this day, with almost all boarding for at least part of their final two years. Phillip Evitt retired in 2022 and was succeeded by Mrs Suzannah Cryer, current Head of Highfield.

Today, all departments have designated teaching rooms. New Science, Maths and Computing facilities were opened in September 2000. A new indoor swimming pool was opened at Easter 2005, and a new Music School in 2006. Today, Highfield is genuinely co-educational with equal numbers of girls and boys. In 1992, Brookham Pre-prep was built within the grounds of Highfield and this building is home to our Nursery to Year 3 children.

Highfield and Brookham is owned by Mr William Mills, the grandson of the founder. Mr Mills is also Chairman of the Board of Directors. Today, Highfield continues to enjoy an outstanding reputation as a top preparatory school for children aged 8-13 that offers an excellent all-round education, and its long tradition of scholarship success continues.

What we’re up to…

Our drama provision is going from strength, as evidenced by yesterday’s wonderful middle prep LAMDA (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art) showcase, which was an entertaining mix of monologues, duologues and group scenes; some comedic, some poignant, all brim full of talent, energy and enthusiasm. We currently have 131 pupils taking LAMDA lessons and are currently awaiting the results of their recent exams. Last year, we were delighted to register an impressive 92% distinction rate. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SummerTerm

Key skills such as teamwork, problem solving and organisation underpin all of our learning and our Year 6 children got the chance to put those skills into practice with a mapwork challenge around the school grounds. The children had to work together to read a map and plot their way around 12 different points, with each site featuring a geographical puzzle that the children had to solve before moving onto the next. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SummerTerm

Today, we had everything from an hilarious extract from 80s classic comedy Fawlty Towers to a disgruntled tale of a Christmas Day birthday as our middle prep children took centre stage for a brilliant @lamdadrama showcase, underlining the school’s burgeoning dramatic talent. Bravo, children! #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SummerTerm

Nowhere was the spirit of Highfield and Brookham exemplified more than during yesterday’s dramatic IAPS U13 boys’ cricket cup win against Seaford College. Having been set 117 to win in 25 overs, Seaford were cruising at 65-1 before a spectacular spell of bowling from Harry M (5-14) and Freddie H (4-10) sparked a collapse as the visitors were dismissed for 92, with every dot ball, every wicket and every saved run in the outfield met with encouragement and roars of approval in a heartening display of teamwork, determination and a will to win. The first XI’s reward is a place in the third round of the competition. Well done, boys, we’re very proud of you! #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SummerTerm

That wonderful feeling of togetherness after the final wicket fell as our U13 boys moved into the third round of the IAPS cricket tournament today with a brilliant 24-run win over @seafordcollege. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SummerTerm

Having been named a finalist in the ‘environmental practice’ category of last year’s Education Business Awards, we’re hoping to go one better this time around when the judges consider the impact of our project to cut food waste. Read the full story here: bit.ly/3yrkgEO #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SummerTerm

It’s that time of the year again when the school looks an absolute picture, with a proliferation of rhododendrons, bluebells and wisteria adding more than just a dash of May colour. To have so much beautiful green space at our disposal, and to spend so much quality time learning and laughing outside, really is such a huge tonic for children and adults alike. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SummerTerm

Our Nursery children have been getting a big slice of the al fresco dining action with some homemade pizza in the woods. The young chefs made the dough from scratch before adding cheese to a tomato sauce base and cooking their creation over the fire at forest school. And was it tasty? You bet it was! #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SummerTerm #AlFrescoDining #Pizza

We have so many idyllic spots to stay cool and relaxed before going in to bat… #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SummerTerm

Our sports fixture match teas have long held legendary status, but it seems they go down very well at other times too. That certainly proved to be the case today as we welcomed more special guests to our second Grandparents’ Tea Party of a lovely week, where the different generations spent quality time together laughing, joking and reminiscing in convivial surroundings – over tea, cakes and sandwiches, of course! #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SummerTerm

Our prep school girls’ teams are making eye-catching, early-season progress on the cricket pitch. Sessions in games lessons and in the practice nets are clearly paying dividends, as demonstrated by determined batting, bowling and fielding performances across the board against our friends from Aldro and St. Edmund’s School, Hindhead today, not to mention terrific teamwork and constant encouraging of teammates. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SummerTerm

Our inspirational, highly-skilled and progressive music department have a busy schedule all year round, being involved as they are with specialist lessons, concerts, stage plays and recitals across all year groups. Today, Year 2 hit the right notes accompanied by Mrs Harman on the piano as they got in some rewarding singing practice ahead of a performance next week. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SummerTerm

Our academic scholars have been given a warm welcome on their fact-finding visit to Fontanellato in northern Italy. The school has strong links with the region as former Head Peter Mills escaped from a prisoner of war camp in the town in 1943. Today, an exchange programme between Highfield and Brookham and the Istituto Comprensivo di Fontanellato e Fontevivo, which has been running successfully since 2018, sees two Italian pupils spending a term with us each year. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SummerTerm

Teamwork and the ability to lead was the order of the day as eight Year 5 children took part in the annual leadership day at Cheltenham College. Watched over by the college’s Combined Cadet Force, the children tackled myriad innovative activities such as a memory game, tyre-stacking challenge and a head-scratching number puzzle as they demonstrated the ability to collaborate, lead, take on board instruction and problem solve. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SummerTerm

‘Family’ and ‘community’ are two incredibly important words for us and we love to welcome parents and grandparents into school as often as possible. One of the summer term highlights each year, for children and adults alike, is the Grandparents’ Tea Party, with a lovely tea, a tour of the school and a special concert in the Chapel on the agenda, all in the company of loved ones. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SummerTerm

A visit to the world-famous Shakespeare’s Globe proved to be ‘write’ up inspired Year 7’s street as they produced some amazing work in English back in the classroom, in line with their study of Susan Cooper novel King of Shadows. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SummerTerm

Good company, good food, good weather and good music was the order of the day for our lovely Grandparents’ Tea Party, one of the most-cherished events of the school year. It was wonderful to see grandparents enjoy tea, sandwiches and cake with their grandchildren before being taken on a personal tour of the school and rounding off their visit with an uplifting concert in the Chapel. And we loved it so much that we are going to do it all over again next week! #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SummerTerm #GrandparentsTeaParty

Looks like everyone’s been happy to see the sunshine this week. Have a lovely weekend, everyone! #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SummerTerm

Ahead of the excitement of next month’s sports day, our Nursery children used their PE lesson with Mrs Oecken to get to grips with jumping hurdles. Running in lanes, the children waited patiently at the start line before leaping in full flight or stepping carefully over the obstacles – or in some cases bypassing the hurdles altogether – and making their way to the finish line with a real sense of pride and achievement. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SummerTerm #SportsDay

Our amazing teachers truly are worth their weight in gold. Through their expert care and selfless dedication, they really get to know their young charges and form wonderfully strong bonds. This allows the children to thrive and grow in and out of the classroom, both socially and academically. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SummerTerm #GreatTeachers

Our popular enrichment programme offers children a way to learn new things and develop skills which can help them throughout life. This week, Year 5 took to the woods to hone their survival skills during a session of bushcraft, using simple tools to fashion fire wood, while Year 6 took full advantage of the sunny weather to practice and play some golf, primarily an individual sport rather than a team sport which teaches people about personal accountability and is great way to learn how to problem solve, for example knowing which club to use off the tee or how best to negotiate a greenside bunker. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SummerTerm #LifeSkills

Hats off to our children of all ages who make full use of the vast natural environment around them, finding ways to learn and be creative. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SummerTerm #Nature #Environment

They went, they saw, they conquered. But what else would you expect from our brilliant, brave and intrepid Year 4 children who had the most fantastic time at Kingswood Outdoor Activity Centre on the Isle of Wight. Whether in the sea taking the plunge from an inflatable, on land blindfolded and working together to tackle tricky terrain or up in the sky facing their fears and taking a leap of faith, our young adventurers tackled every obstacle with open minds, big hearts and even bigger smiles. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SummerTerm #ResidentialTrips #CharacterBuilding

It’s not every day you see a hot air balloon in our Chapel, but when Mr Hesselmann is teaching Year 8 science, anything is possible. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #Science

We welcomed Barrow Hills School today for the first round of the IAPS Cricket Tournament. With some strong batting, bowling and fielding performances from our team, we proved too strong for Barrow Hills today. Bring on Round 2!

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