At Highclare School we are proud of our enviable reputation for academic success and our consistently good examination results. These results are led by our high standards and expectations for both staff and pupils.
The school changed its strategy some time ago and now offers education to both boys and girls throughout its age range from 15 months to 18 years. The school is based on 3 separate sites comprising two parallel Junior Schools (15 months to 11 years) and a Senior School including Sixth Form Centre (11 to 18 years). All 3 sites are conveniently placed on main road positions within Sutton Coldfield and Erdington and served well by public transport.
The traditional values that have sustained the school since 1932 are still relevant today and there is a strong emphasis on discipline, independent learning, respect for others and motivation to succeed. Throughout the school, alongside a strong academic curriculum, there is plenty of opportunity for pupils to experience life in the modern world, with extra curricular activities, clubs, sports and music and drama.
Originally begun in 1932 as a highly respected Girls’ School, a change in strategy throughout the year groups means the school now offers education to both boys and girls from 15 months to 18 years. A strong family atmosphere is maintained with small classes and high pupil staff ratios from Nursery through to Sixth Form.
In 2014 the school welcomed a new Headmaster, Dr Richard Luker, and in 2015 Mrs Polly Bennett was appointed Head of the 2 parallel Junior Schools. In recent time there have been some new developments with the opening of a newly refurbished Sixth Form Centre and the acquisition of the Highclare Sports Field in nearby Braemar Road.
Highclare receives regular inspections from the Independent Schools Inspection Service and the latest Inspection Report is available here.
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The pupils, parents and staff at Highclare School participate in many varied activities as part of Community and Charitable links for both local and national charities. Activities include singing with the school choirs, especially around Christmas time, bag packing in local supermarkets, bring and buy sales, cake sales and sponsored events. Highclare always aims to ‘get involved’. Our community responsibility also extends further afield with support to projects in other countries. This academic year we are supporting African Space Trust, a small charity which aims to help the people of a remote village in Tanzania. Our donation so far has helped provide medical accommodation in the village and support for the village school.
Highclare Pupils Support Erdington Food Bank
Pupils from both Highclare Senior School and Highclare Junior Schools visited the Erdington Food Bank with donations of food and selection boxes. Over the past few months pupils in the Junior Schools were asked to donate small selection boxes. Around 850 selection boxes were collected and these, together with donations of other foods from Senior pupils, were delivered to the Erdington Food Bank. The children actively helped to unload the school van with all of the donations and then spent some time sorting some of the food to help the volunteers.
Highclare do the Fun Run
As part of the school fundraising projects, staff, parents and children took part in the Great Midlands Fun Run, which proved to be a fanastic community event.
Thank you to everyone who took part in this worthwhile effort.
HIGHCLARE School was proud to appoint its first Headmaster since its foundation in 1932.
Dr Richard Luker, was appointed Headmaster in 2014 having previously been Second Master at the prestigious HMC independent co-educational Kirkham Grammar School. Previous to this appointment he was Director of Studies at Denstone College in Staffordshire.
Richard has spent most of his career in education but also has experience of working in industry, in sales and marketing. He has been a keen sportsman throughout his life and currently enjoys cycling, walking and skiing. As a 12 handicap golfer he is keen to get to know the local courses and his interest has led to an early association with staff at Walmley Golf Club, which has in turn brought Golf into the school's extra curricular activities. 2016 saw the first Highclare Golf Day which brought together members of staff, parents and pupils in an engaging competition and it is hoped to repeat this as an annual event.
Recipe for success... congratulations to Lynette Taylor, Wilson Vale chef manager at Highclare Woodfield and her team. They have been presented with a special award after scooping top marks in a recent food safety audit. The catering operation was assessed on every aspect of its service, from management systems to training, temperature control, cleaning and contamination risk.
Richard Luker, Head of Highclare School, said: “I am delighted that Wilson Vale has received this accolade. The company provides catering for our three sites in Erdington and Sutton Coldfield to a very high standard. I have been in post as Head since last September and, in that time, I have been very impressed with their commitment to quality and customer service.”
Carolyne Vale, co-founder of Wilson Vale, said the award was a ‘superb result’ for the team at Highclare. “We are a fresh food company with a craft-based ethos, making everything on-site from fresh, seasonal ingredients,” she said.
“Hygiene and food safety are paramount and we take great pride in ensuring the very best standards for our customers. This is a superb result for our on-site chef manager, Lynette Taylor, and her team at Highclare!”