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Highdown School
and Sixth Form Centre

About Highdown


Highdown was established as a comprehensive school in 1971.  Currently we have in the region of 1350 students on roll from 11 to 18 years of age.  The school includes three grade II listed buildings within its 30 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.


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, extra- curricular 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.