There is a very special atmosphere at Highcliffe.
We believe this atmosphere stems from the ethos passionately promoted by the Governors, school leaders and staff. Our Prospectus aims to give you an insight into the ethos which animates everything we do and how we do it.
Caring, Supporting and Encouraging
Firstly, we believe young people learn best when they feel safe, supported, and encouraged. Our pastoral care system, alongside our approach to behaviour management and to Rewards, creates a Ďone big familyí feel among students and staff where negative behaviours are not accepted and positive attitudes and successes are celebrated daily.
Students say that Ďthis is a friendly schoolí. This view is endorsed by parents who are extremely positive about their childrenís safety and the care and guidance they receive. - Ofsted
Passionate about Learning
Secondly, we believe a first-class education will make a huge difference to every Highcliffe student, opening their minds, developing their powers of reasoning and deepening their knowledge and understanding of the complex world around them. We believe education changes lives and that educated people can change the world. We are passionate about learning, and we communicate our passion for learning and its benefits in everything we do. We encourage students to throw themselves into the experience of secondary school and achieve excellence. We use education to prepare our students for life and equip them with the intellectual powers and personal awareness to aspire to make a difference to the world around them.
Our daughter has embraced starting at Highcliffe School. The experience has been extremely positive and most importantly she is very happy. - A Highcliffe Parent
The academic rigour of learning at Highcliffe underpins our studentsí excellent examination success. Our year groups always achieve well above the national average in GCSE and A Level results. We believe in 2013 and 2015 the proportion of Highcliffe students achieving at least 5 GCSE Grades A*-C including Maths and English by the end of Year 11 was higher than any other nearby Dorset, Bournemouth or New Forest comprehensive school. Our Sixth Form students regularly achieve the top grades, often gaining places on the most academic degree courses at the most prestigious universities. We have an exemplary record gaining college places, apprenticeships or employment for our vocationally talented students at age 16 or 18. As a consequence according to government figures we have one of the very highest proportions nationally of former students now securely in further education, training or employment compared to schools similar to Highcliffe.
The teachersí genuine concern for our academic progress is another reason why Highcliffe is so unique. - A former Highcliffe Student
As a Gifted and Talented Lead School we have excellent provision for students seeking a challenging and rewarding academic and creative education, leading to admission to Russell Group or Oxford or Cambridge universities.
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11 Year 8 students attended an evening event at Pizza Express as part of the Shine Project.
Mrs Jane Naylor, former statistician for the Office for National Statistics comes in to talk to Sixth Form maths students.
To celebrate the Christmas season, a Writing Competition was launched in the library.
Alice Ritchie attended lunch with six of our Sixth Form students who are hoping to apply to Oxford University
Cancer Research representative comes into school to collect donations raised from Mufti Day.
Prospective Oxford student and Sixth Former, Andrei, skypes with Jacob, a current Oxford student in his final year studying French and Spanish.