The Highcrest Academy Buckinghamshire England

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The academy has come a long way since 2001 when it was a “Fresh Start” School with the number of students for whom it was the first choice in single figures.

The previous school, Hatters Lane, was closed because of the very poor levels of behaviour and decreasingly poor standards. Indeed, the school was known locally as the “Prison on the Hill”.

Highcrest has changed radically over the past two decades and is now recognised as the only all ability academy in Buckinghamshire.

In 2001, led by a new Headteacher Mrs Barnes, who had been brought in by the County Council to oversee the transition between the old school and the new, Highcrest opened as Highcrest Community School.

In 2002, Miss Moynihan took over as Headteacher and led the school from its ‘Inadequate ‘ Ofsted judgement to a ‘Good’ grading in 2003. Miss Moynihan was at the helm for 14 years until 2016. During this time the school converted to an academy in 2011 and The Highcrest Academy was born.

During her tenure, Highcrest led the way in many national and local initiatives, including Specialist Schools Status. Indeed, Highcrest was a pioneer as a Technology specialist school, supporting the development of STEM subjects with many schools around the UK. As a result, in 2011 Highcrest was judged by Ofsted to be an Outstanding school and in 2012 shortlisted for the ‘TES Secondary School of the Year’. During this period, Highcrest also received national recognition for its work within the area of student inclusion, culminating with us being recognised as a national Flagship school.

  • Name Of School: The Highcrest Academy
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  • Date Of Establishment: 2001
  • Student Gender: Co-Educational
  • School's Core Religion: Nonreligious (Secular/Agnostic/Atheist)
  • School's Color Code: Red Black White
  • Main Language(s) Used In Class/School: English
  • School's Basic Objective: Overarching Academy Objectives 2019/2020 Our Quality Of Education Objectives Our Behaviour and Attitudes Objectives Our Personal Development Objectives
  • School Awards/Trophy: Highcrest became a Rights Respecting School in 2014 and achieved the Level 1 award in 2015. UNICEF moderators upgraded us to a Gold Award school after an inspection in 2018. Indeed, we were the first secondary school in Buckinghamshire, and only the fifteenth secondary school nationally, to be accredited as a Gold Award UNICEF Rights Respecting School; you can imagine how proud our community is of this award. The UNICEF articles continue to be at the heart of everything that we do at Highcrest.

    The Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) recognises achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of a school’s planning, policies, practice and ethos. As a rights-respecting school, we teach our students about their rights and model respectful relationships.
    The NACE Challenge Award
    The EQualities Award
    The IQM award
  • School Staff: 85
  • No. Of Student: 880
  • Curriculum: Our 21st century curriculum that is regularly adapted to reflect the aspirations of our students
    Our personalised approaches to teaching and learning
    Our innovative approach to our own continuous professional development
    Our wider curriculum, including our careers and enterprise provision, that prepares our students for life in modern Britain and our global society
    Our care, support and commitment we show to students to ensure they are safe
    Our contribution to the development of learning beyond our own school
    Our ethical values and working practice
    Our parental support.
Contact details

Hatters Lane, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire HP13 7NQEngland,Europe,HP13 7NQ +44 1494 529866

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