School Information

"Highdown is a school

investing in the future"

— Bill Gates, President of Microsoft

The school was established as a comprehensive school in September 1971. Currently, there are in the region of 1450 students on roll from 11 to 18 years of age including a thriving sixth form of just over 300 students.

The school became a Foundation School in September 2007 and, following an outstanding OFSTED judgement, an Academy in 2010.

We continue to place great emphasis on the value to students’ learning of the innovative uses of information and communication technology (ICT).

The school has developed an international reputation and government recognition for outstanding practice in this vitally important area. We are particularly proud that our contribution to the development of ICT in education has been acknowledged by Bill Gates, President of Microsoft, in his book ‘Business @ the Speed of Thought’.