Highdown School and Sixth Form Centre

Reading, United Kingdom

Location: Reading, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 11 - 18 years

About Highdown School and Sixth Form Centre

Highdown School and Sixth Form Centre is located in Caversham, Reading. It is a mixed, mainstream secondary school that caters for students aged 11-18. Supported by the local education authority, this comprehensive school has approximately 1,250 students in attendance.  

Highdown School and Sixth Form Centre was founded in 1971 and boasts three Grade II-listed buildings within its grounds. The school became an academy in 2010 and was the first school in Berkshire to convert.    


Rachel Cave     

Values and vision 

The academy strives to instil in its students a lifelong love of learning. As well as academic achievements, the school focuses on extracurricular activities and strong community links that help students to become confident global citizens. A personalised programme of PSHCE (personal, social, health, citizenship education) is implemented through mentor schemes and Big Learning Days to foster confident, independent members of society. 

Highdown School and Sixth Form Centre specialises in maths and computing, but also concentrates on core subjects such as English, science, languages and the arts. Highdown stresses the importance of extracurricular activities such as sports and music to enable students to reach their full potential.   


“The highly inclusive nature of the school makes it a harmonious place in which to work and learn. Students are very welcoming of difference. All students, regardless of ethnicity, faith, additional need or sexual orientation, are fully integrated into the life of the school.”   

View Highdown School and Sixth Form Centre’s latest Ofsted report 

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Address: Surley Row, Emmer Green, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 8LR, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 118 9015800