About Highdown

Highdown was established as a comprehensive school in 1971. 

Currently, we have in the region of 1,560 students on roll from 11 to 18 years of age. The school includes three grade II listed buildings within its 28 acre grounds.

Highdown was awarded academy status in 2010 and was judged to be a good school by Ofsted in April 2015 and confirmed in a short inspection in October 2018.

Highdown School and Sixth Form Centre is a thriving school where all students are challenged to reach excellence every day. These pages will tell you more about the school community and the opportunities available for our students.

Please visit here for our Senior Leaders contact page. 

Please click here for our staff list. 

Highdown is a happy, caring, thriving and inclusive school where all students aspire to, and achieve their full potential.

Academy vision statement

From their first day students will be motivated, challenged and engaged by high quality teaching and so develop a lifelong love of learning.

Students, in partnership with school and home, will be active, independent and resilient learners who acknowledge their responsibility in upholding the school’s values. With the support of exceptional pastoral care and guidance, extracurricular activities and strong community links, the personal development of all students will be outstanding.  

Students will then move on from Highdown as confident global citizens equipped to make positive contributions to society.

Academy Values 

We work hard every day to ensure everyone in the Highdown community develops and exhibits a set of core values as shown below: 


We feel blessed that Highdown was there for our boys, but it's so much more than just a school.

Previous student's parent

School marks, awards and accreditations 

At Highdown School & Sixth Form Centre we are proud to have received the following school marks, awards and accreditations.