Joining our schools

We’re still accepting applications to join Harrogate Ladies’ College, Highfield Prep School and Highfield Pre-School.  We’re also now starting to welcome families to visit us for pre-arranged personal tours.

Please call +44 (0) 1423 537045 or email admissions@hlc.org.uk or visit the Admissions Section of our website to find out more.

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College Curriculum

Academic excellence is at the heart of our College curriculum. We’re passionate about learning and we believe that senior school years should be academically stimulating, exciting, challenging and rigorous.

Throughout College students are taught in small classes by excellent, committed teachers who understand how girls learn best and are able to adapt their teaching techniques in line with this.

Our curriculum is designed to deliver an exciting and stimulating learning experience. We focus on developing a depth of learning and understanding.

At all stages of the curriculum we focus on developing a depth of understanding – it’s this depth of understanding which will not only enable students to achieve the best possible exam results and University destinations, but will develop a lasting knowledge and a lifetime passion for learning.

Academically, the journey through College is also one of growing independence in terms of thinking, learning and studying and as such we believe that it’s important for us to equip students with the skills they need for this – in other words, they need to learn how to learn effectively.

While sometimes learning inevitably means settling down with text books, we take every opportunity to bring those text books to life and enrich the curriculum with real life, meaningful experiences. Trips to museums, galleries, guest speakers and interactive learning experiences feature at all stages of our curriculum.

Assessment and Reporting

Regular assessment is an important element of our College curriculum. It enables our excellent teaching staff to focus on the individual learning needs of each student, identifying those who need more help and stretching those who are more able. It also means that students become comfortable with the concept of testing long before they sit public examinations at the end of GCSE and A level courses.

Effective reporting is also a key element of our approach to teaching and learning. While teaching staff are always available to students and parents for informal progress discussions, we also have a really effective formal reporting programme in place which includes:

  • Full reports twice a year

  • Parents’ evenings twice a year

  • Curriculum information evenings

  • Options information evenings

Throughout College we strive to deliver a curriculum that will inspire, stimulate and excite; that will enable every pupil to achieve the very best they can; and will develop a lifelong passion for learning.