Aims & Values

Highfields School, Matlock, is a community school maintained by the Derbyshire local authority, specialising in Performing Arts. It is a co-educational, day comprehensive school for students aged 11 to 18 years. The school is situated on two sites, 1.8 miles apart, Starkholmes (Years 7 – 8) and Lumsdale (Years 9 – 13).

Our Core Purpose

To be an inclusive, happy community that values every individual and inspires them to achieve their full potential


To achieve our core purpose and values we aim to:

Respect all students and staff as individuals

Celebrate diversity and promote equality

Provide appropriate levels of challenge

Develop understanding and enjoyment of learning

Support and encourage individuals to make a valuable contribution to society

Be a reflective school seeking continuous improvement

Play an active part in the community

Nurture physical and emotional well being

Promote a happy, safe and stable environment

Our values

Inclusion, fairness and equality

Respect and tolerance

Celebration of achievement

Personal reflection, honesty and mutual trust

Care for our environment