Highfields Wins Trip To Glasgow Ahead Of Games

Students from Highfields School in Matlock, part of the Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership, won a trip to Glasgow last week (18 June) as part of the build-up to next month’s Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Highfields Commonwealth Games Glasgow June 2014 RDSSP

Highfields has been taking part in a worldwide Commonwealth Games project and their team were chosen as overall Commonwealth Class project winners.  Their prize was an invitation to address schools from across Scotland in the celebrations at a special event at the Science Centre in Glasgow hosted by John Beattie, BBC broadcaster and former Scotland rugby international.

Nine Highfield students and School Sport Coordinator Mrs Jayne Allen met, Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma and displayed their work.  (Pictured above).

Jayne Allen said, “We spent an amazing day in Glasgow and I was very proud listening to our team captains Annabel MacGregor and Oliver Walden answering the questions put to them about their experiences on the project.  It has been a brilliant journey for the students and, as I said on stage, a third of the world’s population live in the Commonwealth and half of those are under 25 so it is very important that we have the opportunity to understand the values of the Commonwealth.”

Highfields Yr 11 Commonwealth Project Class RDSSP
The group of Year 11 GCSE students from Highfields have been taking part in weekly online debates and work on collaborative projects within a team other schools from Africa, Canada, the Indian subcontinent, and the Caribbean.

They are being mentored by Paralympic swimmer, Susie Rodgers, who won three Bronze medals at her Olympic debut at London 2012.

‘The Commonwealth Class’ is a partnership between the BBC, the British Council and the Commonwealth Secretariat bringing together British schools (of which 3 are in Derbyshire) with schools from across the Commonwealth to learn how to make the most of their place in the Commonwealth and wider world.


Press release: Date: Wednesday 25 June 2014

Highfields students & Mrs Jayne Allen with Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma at Glasgow Science Centre.  Click here to download in high resolution.


Partner schools in Highfields’ Winning Team:

•    Bishop EQ Jennings, Canada
•    SAI International School, India
•    Christ Nagar Higher Secondary School, India
•    SK Assunta, Malaysia
•    Olorunfemi Junior Grammar School (Idimu Junior High School), Nigeria
•    Mount View High School, South Africa
•    St. Anthony’s Girls College, Sri Lanka
•    National Centre for Persons with Disabilities, Trinidad and Tobago

– Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership works closely with Infant, Primary, Secondary & Special schools to develop opportunities for high quality PE & sport in the Dales & Hope Valley.  Our aim is to support schools to deliver an inclusive and enjoyable PE curriculum which is enhanced with extra curricular opportunities to develop & extend skills & abilities through competition and sports festivals.

– More about The Commonwealth Class Project:  http://schoolsonline.britishcouncil.org/projects-and-resources/commonwealth-class