Highfields headteacher is starstruck after visit from local legend

Students and staff at Highfields School were thrilled this week when GB wheelchair rugby star Ryan Cowling paid a visit to help them open their brand new state of the art sports facilities. Mr Cowling brought with him the gold medal he won with the GB team at Tokyo’s recent Paralympics. As a parent of a recent Highfields graduate Mr Cowling said he was thrilled to help unveil the full size all weather pitch and newly resurfaced and reconditioned tennis, netball and basketball courts. “I feel that this facility is going to be an amazing resource, not just for Highfields students but also for anybody in Matlock and the surrounding areas who loves playing sport either competitively or just to stay healthy”. School sports leader Martha who is currently in Y9 said, “It’s amazing to have a gold medal winner like Mr Cowling here today to celebrate with us…we all dream of winning gold so to meet someone who has done it is really inspiring”.

Chair of governors, Angeline Ellson, said that, “this is brilliant news for all Highfielders who have waited for so long for this resource to arrive. I am particularly grateful to school business manager Alison Watson, without whose oversight this project would never have been such a spectacular success”. Headteacher Mr Marsh praised Mr Cowling saying, “I usually have plenty to say but I have to admit I am a sport and rugby obsessive so meeting an athlete of his stature left me a little starstruck!”

See our new all-weather facilities from the sky through our website below:


The facility is now open for lettings and anyone interested should email: dpeet@highfields.derbyshire.sch.uk

Families wishing to apply for a Y7 place should do so by 31 October here: https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/education/schools/school-places/apply-for-a-school-place.aspx


Ryan Cowling (GB Wheelchair Rugby Gold medallist) photographed with Y9 students Amelia, Zack, Megan and Evan, Andrew Marsh (Headteacher), Alison Watson (School Business Manager) and Angeline Ellson (Chair of Governors)