GuideYr7Highams Park School is a mixed 11-18 comprehensive school serving the local area. On the 1st October 2011 it became an independent state funded Academy.

As an Academy it is run by Highams Park Academy Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (registered number 07738801). Registered office: 34 Handsworth Avenue, Highams Park, London E4 9PJ.


The Highams Park Academy Trust is the Governing Board for the school. Unlike sponsored Academies that are part of a chain, Highams Park Academy Trust only exists to support Highams Park School as a self-governing autonomous state funded school. You can find out more about Academies on the Department for Education's website.

The Trustees of Highams Park Academy Trust, who are the equivalent of governors in maintained schools,  are committed and highly able. They appoint and employ all the school staff and make all strategic policy decisions for the school, subject to government guidelines. Most have a long association with the school, many are parents of current pupils in the school or former pupils of the school. All are rooted in the local community.


There are approximately 1,600 pupils and students in the school including over 400 in the 6th Form. The school is very popular and normally receives around 5 applications for every 1 place in the school. The school regularly achieves excellent exam results that usually place it near the top of the local area school performance tables. Most of the 6th Form students go on to university, some to the most prestigious in te country.


In the past Highams Park School has taken full advantage of the various forms of governance that have been available at different times under different governments. You can read more about the history of the school on the dedicated pages of our website.

On 1st September 1999, in response to a government reorganisation of school governance categories, Highams Park became a Voluntary-Aided school. Being a Voluntary-Aided school meant that the governors could continued to run the school as autonomously as possible supported by a private charitable foundation. Up until 1999 Highams Park had been a Grant Maintained school since 1991.

Earlier, on 1st September 1997, Highams Park School became a government designated specialist Technology College. In September 2007 the school achieved the distinction of being designated a High Performing Specialist School (HPSS) and we added Sport to become a specialist Technology and Sports College.

rowing_web.jpgBeing a Technology and Sports College meant that the school received a small amount of extra funding to promote the education of science, technology and physical education. We seek to continue this emphasis as an Academy and continue to produce good citizens of the future taking an active place in a technologically advanced society. The wider aims of the school are summed up in the core values of the school.


We aim to provide a calm but purposeful atmosphere with a clearly defined pattern of behaviour and dress. Considerable emphasis is placed on developing caring and considerate attitudes in our pupils. We recognise the value of the individual and make every effort to provide opportunities for children to succeed not only in academic work but also in every aspect of life. The staff have high expectations and we organise a rigorous curriculum to stretch every pupil. Children's progress is carefully monitored and their progress is reported regularly to parents. The school aims to challenge and stretch every pupil from those with learning difficulties to the talented or very able. The curriculum is carefully balanced and aims to prepare children to go out into a challenging technological society equipped with the relevant attitudes and skills.

homework1.jpgWe believe that schoolwork cannot always be completed during the school day and therefore a programme of homework is organised for all pupils, which takes account of their age and ability. Tasks are set to do at home which may include assignments and investigative work as well as more traditional work.


We place considerable emphasis on parental involvement in education and we see the whole process as a partnership. The pastoral system is organised in such a way that parents have contact throughout the five years with one tutor who will know their children's needs and problems. Any parent is welcome to discuss a problem with the tutor of the Head of Year as appropriate. As well as the usual pattern of Parents Evenings there is considerable parental consultation throughout the year.


In order to achieve our aim of overall development for each pupil a comprehensive range of extra-curricular activities is organised by the staff. These include participation in every major sport, dance, drama, music and a variety of clubs. These take place before school, at lunchtime, after school and on Saturday mornings. There are also opportunities for the children to participate in residential courses, field work and educational visits.


We are extremely proud of the pupils` achievements and the facilities available for them. Their achievements are made possible through the dedicated hard work of the highly talented and professional staff that we are pleased to have at Highams Park.

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Highams Park Academy Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with registered number 07738801
[and VAT registered number 119-0793-09] and whose registered office is at Highams Park School Handsworth Avenue, Highams Park, London, E4 9PJ.
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