The Highcrest Academy
Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
About The Highcrest Academy
We are a vibrant, happy school in which every student is given the opportunity to develop their talents and to flourish as individuals. We are relentless in our pursuit of building a cohesive culture and curriculum that matches the varied needs of our students.
Our motto, “Aspire and Achieve”, is central to our philosophy. We are committed to ensuring every student makes outstanding progress and succeeds both academically and in terms of their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. We value a strong work ethic and aim to develop, sometimes hidden or unsuspected, talent into fruition.
At Highcrest we set high expectations for the conduct of our pupils and believe it is crucial for there to be an established culture in which all are able to excel. We want all the children who come to the academy to enjoy their learning and to become thoughtful, articulate, confident and responsible members of society.
Our personalised curriculum is enhanced by numerous extra-curricular opportunities, community and business projects, national and international competitions, and a thriving House system. This encourages staff and students of all ages to work together.
The Highcrest Academy is the only all-ability academy in Buckinghamshire and is a culturally diverse, over-subscribed school, making it a fantastic place to teach. There are approximately 950 students on roll, including Sixth Form, and this number will increase further in 2018 when our additional new buildings are completed. We know from pupil surveys that students are proud of our school and, when parents have been surveyed, the level of parent satisfaction has also been exceptionally high.
We are very aware that The Highcrest Academy is part of a community and we work hard to instil a sense of local and global responsibility. This means that students take part in many activities which enhance the local community, and have a real understanding of their role in improving the work community.
Our mission is to create a positive, secure and happy learning environment where all students experience success, friendship, respect and self-worth; where students value and celebrate the diverse talents and cultural heritage of all, and achieve their full potential in becoming responsible citizens, respecting the rights of other and contributing to our society.
The Highcrest Academy is a very friendly and welcoming school both in terms of staff and students. There is a growing house system which encourages competition between not only students but also staff which creates a real community feeling making it an enjoyable place to work. There are opportunities for professional development and often roles are available in both pastoral areas and Teaching and Learning that allow you to put your skills into practice. It is not only a supportive place to develop as a teacher, but also a sociable place to work.- Head of Humanities
I’d definitely say our INSET and CPD programme/sessions is far better than anything I’ve seen or heard of from other schools.- Head of Art
Highcrest has a diverse school community, supported by a great teaching and knowledgeable support staff across all abilities.- Inclusion Support Assistant
I believe that Highcrest is an excellent school because the teachers truly care about you, and they’ve gone above and beyond for me to ensure I’m happy, understand what I need to do to reach my aspirations and I can leave the school knowing I reached my maximum potential and had a great time doing it. I think you will find teaching here rewarding because the pupils and staff work together to create an immensely welcoming environment and support each other as a unit. Staff are friendly and helpful, and the pupils are eager to learn.- Head Girl