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Lessons Learnt on Slippers Day at Highfield Prep School

Boys and girls at Highfield Prep School welcomed a day of shoeless learning recently when they wore slippers at school.

Highfield Prep School children wearing their slippers in class

Highfield Prep School children wearing their slippers in class

Children were encouraged to wear casual footwear in class following a recent report which has shown that wearing slippers can have a positive effect on children’s ability to learn. The decade-long research study conducted by Bournemouth University found that allowing pupils to remove their shoes in school made them more relaxed and helped them to learn.

Head of Highfield Prep School, James Savile said,

“We are always looking for innovative ways of enhancing our pupils’ learning and academic progress. Wearing slippers in school is a proven way of engaging children better in class as they’re more comfortable and attentive.

“The relaxed approach to footwear was a great success and both pupils and teachers enjoyed removing their shoes and learning in an unusual manner.”

James Savile, Head of Highfield Prep School

The special slippers day was organised as part of fundraising activities for local charity Craft Aid International. Along with a bake sale at the end of the day, families at Highfield Prep School raised over £460 for Craft Aid to help with their work with differently-able people in Harrogate, Ripon and Leeds as well as their projects in Peru and Ecuador.

For more information about Craft Aid International visit