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About Us

High Down is a happy place, with a strong reputation for being a very caring and high attaining school which provides a rich and inspiring education. Our dedicated staff have the highest aspirations for our children and are committed to nurturing and developing children’s learning. Each child is valued for their own talents, strengths and personality and we encourage the children to succeed and reach their potential, to have high self-esteem and a belief that they can achieve. Parents are the first educators of their children and are welcomed to work closely in partnership with the schools to support their child’s learning and development.

The Infant and Junior Schools federated in January 2015 and the schools are working very closely together to deliver the best provision for all of the children across both schools. In 2016, High Down Schools became a founder member of the Lighthouse Schools Partnership. Working together in partnership with local schools, which include Gordano School, is an opportunity that we relish. We believe that by working together we can deliver more fully the aims to which we were committed as individual schools. Our Trust values excellence and collaboration but the real identity of each school remains its own and LSP does not seek to standardise the culture of its schools. It is significant that each of the LSP founding schools was judged to be good or outstanding in Ofsted terms.

High Down Schools’ motto is Believing, Achieving, Learning for Life. We want our pupils to be inquisitive and develop a passion for learning that lasts for the rest of their lives. Our role is to help them blossom and grow: learning new skills, having new opportunities and challenges. When they transfer to secondary school, we want our pupils to be well-prepared, responsible, confident, mature and have the happiest memories of their time with us.

If you would like to see our fabulous school in action, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the school office and arrange a visit.

Our Aims and Values

Our Vision and Aims underpin all that we are trying to achieve at High Down


Believing, Achieving, Learning for Life

We believe that every child is entitled to a rich and inspiring education that will nurture them as well-rounded individuals with the confidence, the ability and the desire to make the world a better place.

Teaching and learning is at the heart of the schools and we believe that all children, whatever their ability, social background, race or gender should receive high quality teaching and learning throughout the curriculum so they can achieve their maximum potential.

This policy underpins the schools’ commitment to raise the quality of teaching and learning, ensuring that all lessons are good or outstanding.


Through our teaching we aim to:

  • share the joy of learning and growing together
  • enable children to become confident, reflective, enquiring and independent learners
  • develop key learning skills to enable children to flourish as learners for life
  • foster children’s self-esteem and help them build positive relationships
  • encourage children to respect the ideas, attitudes, values and feelings of others
  • develop children’s sense of belonging in their school and wider community and their responsibilities as custodians of the planet and global citizens

Our Values                                      

  • Care and kindness
  • Creativity
  • Optimism and hopefulness
  • Respect
  • Trust and honesty

Our PBEST Learning Powers

  • Perseverance
  • Believe in Myself
  • Ethic of Excellence
  • Speaking and Listening
  • Thinking Flexibly

Working for us

If you're searching for your next teaching post, why not contact us now? You'll be working at a great school and be part of a friendly, helpful team. We're always interested to hear from enthusiastic, committed teachers!

The Lighthouse Schools Partnership

We are part of the The Lighthouse Schools Partnership; for further information regarding the trust please click here.

The Lighthouse Schools Partnership is a Multi-Academy Trust with schools across the age range from Nursery to Sixth Form. Our Trust includes both community and Church of England schools and we also have three Teaching Schools amongst our number so that we can make the professional development of our staff a top priority.