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Higham Lane School is a high-performing 11-18 Comprehensive Academy and Aspiring Teaching School with approximately 1390 students on roll, based on an attractive site in the north east of Nuneaton, on the Warwickshire-Leicestershire border.
Achievement in all forms: artistic, academic, social, cultural, sporting and intellectual are equally valued. We are especially proud of our sporting traditions which have seen netballers and footballers regularly reach national and regional finals. Our wide curriculum gives scope for students to express preferences and enhance their abilities. They revel in the wide range of opportunities we offer them: taking part in our annual school performance; foreign exchanges to develop language skills; a huge range of trips that enhance curriculum understanding; visits to support our link school in The Gambia; Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions and so on. All of these activities widen our learners’ life experiences.
We are strongly committed to ensuring that all of the young people in our care make excellent academic progress and we take great pride in securing both high achievement and high attainment for our students.
Students performed exceptionally well in the 2018 GCSE qualifications. 70% of students achieved five or more Standard Passes including at least Grade 4 in English and Maths. 49% achieved five or more Strong Passe,s including at least Grade 5, in English and Maths. 86% of students achieved a Grade 4 or above in English, 75% in Maths, 72% in both English and Maths and 73% in at least two Sciences. A quarter of all GCSE grades awarded were the highest grades: Grades 9-7/A*-A. The Progress 8 figure (which is a Government measure of students’ progress) for this cohort has not been officially confirmed by the Department for Education (DfE) yet, but our estimates look highly favourable. The Department for Education School Performance tables indicate that Higham Lane performs better than most of our statistical comparison schools. We were ranked 8th out of 51 similar schools in 2016 and 8th out of 55 similar schools in 2017.
The overwhelming majority of our students continue their studies at post-16 level and we were delighted to have opened our own Sixth Form in September 2016 with our first cohort of post 16 learners achieving impressive results in August 2018: 25% of grades at A*-A and 52% at Grades A*-B. This demonstrates very strong attainment with many students meeting the entry requirements for the top universities in the UK. We are also delighted that our students achieved a 99% pass rate at A-level.
We are delighted that we have recently been awarded funding to support us in becoming a Teaching School and we have formed the Higham Lane School Partnership with several other local secondary and primary schools. Teaching Schools work with others to provide high-quality training, development and support to new and experienced school staff. We will be focusing on Initial Teacher Training; continuing professional development and leadership development and school-to-school support. Being a Teaching School will provide further opportunities for our staff to develop their teaching and leadership skills.
Higham Lane School is more than just a place of work – it is a thriving community, proud of its past and confident of its future. Enjoyment and achievement go hand in hand. The same applies to our staff; they enjoy working here and it is that, more than anything else, which underpins their ambition and fuels their success.
If you require any further information about our school, please do not hesitate to get in touch!
PHIL KELLY, Headteacher