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Highdown School

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Highdown School and Sixth Form Centre
Highdown School logo.svg
Surley Row

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Coordinates51°28′54″N 0°58′30″W / 51.481551°N 0.975113°W / 51.481551; -0.975113
MottoAspire and Achieve
Local authorityReading Borough Council
SpecialistMaths and Science
Department for Education URN136307 Tables
Chair Of GovernorsJ Taylor
Head teacherRachel Cave
Age11 to 18
Colour(s)Black & red & white      

Highdown School and Sixth Form Centre is an Ofsted rated 'Good'[1] academy in Emmer Green on the outskirts of Reading, Berkshire, England. It has a capacity for approximately 1450 students aged 11–18. There are currently 1357 students on roll at the school with 262 students attending the Sixth Form.[2] Highdown School is a non-selective school with provision for Special Education Needs and is a specialist school for maths and computing.[3] Ms Rachel Cave has been the head teacher since 2013.[4]


Grove house, a grade II listed building on the school grounds was built in the 1780s as a small farmhouse for thirty acres of arable farmland.[5]

Highdown School was established as a comprehensive school in September 1971.[6] Highdown School has three Grade II listed buildings within its grounds. The main building was altered and extended by Richard Norman Shaw from 1878–80.[7][8][9]

On 1 November 2010, Highdown School became an independently run academy after being judged outstanding by Ofsted.[10] It was the first school in Berkshire to be awarded academy status.[11] During April 2015 Highdown School was judged as "Good" by Ofsted.[12]

On 6 December 2012, the school’s governing body announced that Rachel Cave, formerly a Deputy Headteacher at The Heathland School in Hounslow, would take over the school from Easter 2013, replacing Tim Royle, Headteacher of 13 years.[13]


Former headteacher Timothy Royle was accused of three counts of fraud and one count of theft in a case at Reading Magistrates Court.[14]

Royle was accused of falsely reporting how bursary funds were being spent, keeping £7,000 and stealing computers and computer equipment from the school.[15] The ex-headteacher was one of the first appointed National Leaders in Education to advise the Government on education policy who left the school in December 2012.[16] He was cleared of these charges in March 2015.[17]


  1. ^ "GOV.UK". Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  2. ^ "DfE : Highdown School and Sixth Form Centre". Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Department of Education". Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Headteacher's Welcome". Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Highdown's History". Highdown School and Sixth Form Centre. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
  6. ^ "School Information". Highdown School and Sixth Form Centre. Archived from the original on 4 June 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2011.
  7. ^ "Highdown School, Reading". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  8. ^ "Music Room at Highdown School, Emmer Green, Reading, Reading". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  9. ^ "The Stable Block at Highdown School, Emmer Green, Reading". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  10. ^ "Academy Status". Highdown School and Sixth Form Centre. Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2011.
  11. ^ "Reading's Highdown School given academy status". BBC News. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  12. ^
  13. ^ "New Highdown head "excited" to be taking over school 7 Dec 2012 00:00". Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  14. ^ "\Former Highdown School headteacher Tim Royle denies fraud charges". Berkshire Live. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  15. ^ "Highdown School headteacher Tim Royle stole cash, computers and cameras, court hears". Get Reading. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  16. ^ "Former Highdown School headteacher Tim Royle denies fraud charges". Berkshire Live. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  17. ^ "Timothy Royle trial: Former Highdown School headteacher CLEARED of fraud charges". Berkshire Live. Retrieved 4 March 2020.

External links

Official website

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