Highclare School

West Midlands

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  • Category: Nursery / Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory / Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day
  • Roll: 310 (Boys) 320 (Girls)
  • Age Range: Boys & Girls 2 to 18 years

General Information

Highclare School has for 80 years been pursuing its policy of encouraging pupils to achieve their own individual excellence. The Highclare philosophy goes further than academic achievement, working with students and parents to equip young people for life in the 21st Century. Our motto of ‘Facta non Verba’ – Actions speak louder than words, is an ethos promoted throughout the school.


The school is well equipped and is based on three separate sites in convenient locations in North Birmingham

Highclare Senior School & Sixth Form (Girls and Boys 11 – 18 years ) in Sutton Rd., Erdington, Birmingham.

Highclare St Paul's (Boys & Girls 2+ - 11 years) in Lichfield Rd, Sutton Coldfield

Highclare Woodfield (Boys & Girls 2 - 11 years) in Birmingham Rd., Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield.

Entrance Requirements

Admission by school’s own assessment.


Scholarships and Bursaries available at 11+ & Sixth Form.

Open Days


Highclare Pre-Preparatory School: St Paul’s - Taster Session (Maths Fun & Easter Egg Hunt) Tuesday 31st March, 1.30pm to 3.00pm (registration required)

Open Mornings:

Reception: Friday 24th April (registration required)

Highclare Preparatory School: Woodfield: - Open Morning - Saturday 28th March, 10.00am to 12.30pm

Highclare Preparatory School: St Paul’s - Saturday 2nd May, 10.00am to 12.30pm

School-in-Action days:

Highclare Preparatory School: St Paul’s - Tuesday 17th March, 9.30am to 11.30am (registration required)

Highclare Preparatory School: Woodfield - Tuesday 9th June, 9.30am to 11.30am

Highclare Senior School: - Tuesday 16th June & Thursday 18th June, 10.00am to 12.00pm


2019 /2020. Senior School: £4,410 per term. Junior School: from £1,900 to £3,755 per term. Pre-School: £255 per week, inclusive of drinks and snacks. £56 per full day.


ISI Inspection 2019

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Dr Richard Luker

Contact for enquiries: Mrs L Madden, Registrar

Highclare School
10 Sutton Road
West Midlands
B23 6QL

[t]: 0121 373 7400
[f]: 0121 373 7445
[w]: www.highclareschool.co.uk

Location Description

Urban. It is based on 3 separate sites within Sutton Coldfield and Erdington, situated in the heart of the West Midlands and within easy travelling distance of Birmingham city centre and surrounding business centres.

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School News

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Any potential sixth former can earn the right to be called a scholar at Highclare Sixth Form

Under the new scholarship guidelines for Highclare’s Sixth Form

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entry, any potential Highclare Sixth Former registering for September 2019 admission can earn the right to be called a scholar, with up to 50% off the Sixth Form annual fees.

Alongside our specialist scholarships in art, music and sport, where a scholarship is offered to recognise those with talents that can be nurtured within the Highclare community, and, the internal ‘attitude to learning scholarship’, awarded to recognise and reward academic endeavour of Highclare Senior School U5 pupils; the guidelines for Highclare’s academic scholarships for Sixth Form entry have been overhauled and are now awarded solely on the basis of results achieved at GCSE.

Still offering an extensive choice of A level subjects, including the popular Extended Project Qualification, while retaining a tutor-led approach to learning and timetable flexibility, structured to offer the subject options of each student as far as possible, Highclare Sixth Form now awards academic scholarships solely on the basis of results achieved at GCSE. The scholarships are not means-tested but will in no doubt provide considerable financial relief to the families that benefit from them.

We very much look forward to welcoming motivated and capable pupils from the local community to Highclare School Sixth Form through our new scholarship initiative. We trust that our scholarship programme provides invaluable opportunities to individuals who may not have previously considered an education at Highclare Sixth Form as an option.

Dr R Luker, Headmaster of Highclare School

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Mrs Moore and Mr Ghag together with our English Literature Students from L6 and U6 attended an all-day Sixth Form Lecture Day on aspects of

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Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’.  The day proved extremely beneficial and there were a series of lectures focusing on:

‘Critical Approaches’, delivered by Andy Haley (Chief Examiner)

‘Dramatic Structure – the Pattern of the Play’ delivered by Dr Pamela Mason

‘The Presentation of Women in the Play’ delivered by Robert Smallwood from the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, and

‘How to Deal with Short Extracts (Close reading of the text)’ by Andy Haley

It was delightful to see our students taking copious notes and listening attentively to the speakers.  I am sure that attendance at this event will have enhanced their knowledge and understanding of the play and given them some expert advice on how to approach the assessment objectives in their forthcoming examinations.‘

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On Saturday 16 March the Highclare Preparatory School Swim Team took part in the  WSAS (Wilson Stuart Active Society) swimming gala at Walsall Gala Baths.


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competing in the event were from across the Sutton Coldfield Partnership and Highclare entered the large schools competition with each student taking part in one individual race including front crawl, backstroke and butterfly.

Head of Squad swimming Tom said: “Swimmers behaved and swam excellently. I and the School couldn’t have asked for more.”

The swim team has been working exceptionally hard in both lessons and at morning swim training.  Overall the results reflected the exceptional standard of swimming at Highclare Preparatory School.  Huge congratulations

1st overall for the Girls

2nd overall for the Boys

1st overall for the Relays

1st overall for the Gala

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Highclare Preparatory School pupils were visited by the Rural Planning Services (RPS) last week. The J5 children experienced a thoroughly enjoyable workshop of STEM (science,

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technology, engineering and math),  learning about one of the largest engineering projects happening in the London Thames.

London relies on a 150-year-old sewer system built for a population less than half its current size. As a result, millions of tonnes of raw sewage spills, untreated, into the River Thames each year.  Being built is a 25km Super Sewer under the Thames to intercept those nasty spills and clean up our river for the good of the city, its wildlife and you.  The pupils were fascinated by the presentation and were able to design their own boats as part of a scientific experiment.

Highclare School Independent West Midlands A Level Results Success for Highclare School

The Sixth Form students at Highclare School are celebrating excellent results and personal achievements after receiving their examination results today.

The overall pass rate achieved was

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100% with 16% of all passes at A*& A and 38% of all passes at A*,A&B.

Students added to their celebration after confirming their entries to a variety of universities including York, Loughborough, Chester, Aston, Plymouth and Birmingham City University to study subjects including History, Psychology, Geography, Optometry and Business.

Dr Richard Luker Headmaster, commented “These are excellent results for all our students and we are delighted with their individual achievements. During their time in Highclare Sixth Form they have not only achieved academic potential but have enhanced their personal skills equipping them for their future in their chosen profession. This is a culmination of a lot of hard work and commitment from all concerned and they deserve the celebrations today.”

Photo: L-R Noah Griffiths,Tom West, Emily Semmens, Manraj Bhopari and Ella Hassall

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Highclare Senior School’s production of Hairspray recently took an excited audience back in time to the Baltimore of 1962 through an evening of wonderful singing, dancing and

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acting.  The cast have worked tirelessly to perfect their roles and their hard work was clear to see as the show was a fantastic success.  The scenery, costumes and musicians added to the successful production.

A huge congratulations must go to all the students, parents and staff who have contributed so much to all aspects of the three performances, it was  tremendous entertainment and we are all still taping our toes to the wonderful show tunes!

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Highclare Reception R recently wrapped up warm & braved the cold weather to experience their current topic of ‘Transport’ first hand at the RAF Cosford

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Highclare School trips are not only a fantastic opportunity to learn more about different topics in a fun environment but are always a fantastic resource intended to enhance further learning opportunities within the classroom.

Highclare Reception pupils wanted to convey their favourite parts of the trip and they have done so through a writing opportunity with their teacher once back in their classroom.  I think you’ll agree it sounded like a thoroughly enjoyable day!

Our trip to Cosford Air Museum.

On a very cold and blustery March 1st Reception R went on a trip to Cosford Air museum as part of our ‘Transport’ topic.

Firstly, we were able to see the enormous planes and learn about what makes planes fly and what they look like inside and out. They are enormous!!

We had the privilege to sit in a fighter jet and pretend to be pilots. We moved the pedals and controls and made parts of the plane move!!

As part of our topic, we learnt what happens when you go on holiday. We had made a passport at school so we able to board the plane. We also had our passports and luggage checked and went through a security scanner. Some of us dressed as the pilot and some of us air stewards and stewardesses handing out food to the passengers.

It was a very fun trip and we can’t wait to carry on our topic back and school.

From Mrs Larner and Reception R.

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The LAMDA examination results are in and Highclare School pupils have achieved phenomenal grades, attaining a 100% pass rate & seeing the highest rate of

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distinctions achieved for years.

34 Senior School pupils and 69 Junior School pupils from Highclare School took part in the recent LAMDA examinations, comprising of a wide range of performance based disciplines, including Group Acting, Solo Acting, Public Speaking, Mime and Verse and Prose Recital.

In all 100% pupils passed, with 32% obtaining a Merit and 64% of pupils achieving a Distinction – this is a grade of 80% and above, outstanding results! A special mention to 5 of our L5th & U5th pupils, who further gained bronze medals in these exams, a fantastic attainment which in addition to evidencing their individual excellence has accrued all-important UCAS points.

Lamda has proved an immensely popular extra-curricular activity at Highclare School, allowing pupils to grow in confidence, develop their individuality and nurture relationships with pupils across year groups; It is proven to positively impact a pupils ability to participate in debates and presentation skills within other subject classes, all of which has seen a massive uptake onto the LAMDA course of recent time.

Mrs Ashley Hall, Peripatetic Speech Teacher said;

“These are fantastic results and I am delighted!  In Highclare Senior School alone we have seen over a 40% increase in pupils achieving a distinction grade & a 100% pass rate, Fantastic!  In Junior School over 70%  of pupils achieved a distinction, outstanding results for pupils of such a young age! I look forward to celebrating these results with our pupils and continuing their LAMDA journey together. ”

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Pupils, staff and parents at Highclare School have been raising money over the last school year to help other children in Africa with their studies


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pupils adopted the African Space Trust as their chosen charity last year and have raised nearly £9,000, which was presented to the charity at a special assembly.    The charity aims to help the people of a remote village in Tanzania and was started in 2009 when two young friends, Mark and Jamie, working in conservation near the village of Itete persuaded Jamie’s parents and 2 of their friends to visit the village they had grown to love. When the 4 retired friends saw the conditions the people lived in and particularly the lack of medical help causing an alarmingly high infant mortality rate, they decided to help and the African Space Trust was born.  Space is a reflection of the incredible sense of vastness they perceived in Tanzania.

The pupils at Highclare School from both the Senior School and the Junior Schools have worked hard with a variety of fund raising events including cake sales, quiz nights and sponsored events.   They have put their entrepreneurial skills to work, sang carols in the Gracechurch Centre and organised non-uniform sponsored days.   It has been an exciting year and members of the Charity came into school recently to receive the cheque.   Some of the money will help towards the current project in Itete, which is to build some accommodation for the medical staff so that they can settle there with their families and also so that the QE Hospital can send medical students over to help.

The pupils of Highclare have decided to continue to support AST next year as the accommodation is nearing completion and will then turn their attention to supporting the village school.


Picture shows: Left to right – Mrs Parker (AST),  Jack Roper J4, Mrs Carol Linden AST, Edward Bickley,  Mrs Marian Morris, AST, Mrs Angie Moore, Head of Senior School, Jessica Bonner L5R,  Samuel Broom, J6, and Hannah Batey J6

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The songs, music and drama of ‘Broadway’ came to Highclare Senior School recently when the senior pupils entertained a packed audience, showcasing some amazing talents.  

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They performed pieces from Sweeney Todd, Blood Brother, Footloose, Annie, Matilda, Woman in Black and the High School Musical, with performances from the choirs, GCSE drama students, Flute Ensemble, String groups and the school’s resident rock band.

Guest of honour, Jack Dromey, MP, took time out from his schedule in Parliament to join the audience and tweeted  “ The young people of @HighclareSchool inspire on a magical night of music, song and drama. They are a credit to their families and the City”

Miss R Moseley, Head of Music at Highclare Senior School said “Both my colleague, Mrs Sharman-Everton and I are so proud of our pupils who have worked very hard, putting in many hours of rehearsals to get to this performance standard. The atmosphere on the evening was typical of a Broadway production”

Music and Drama are very important elements of both the curriculum and extra curricular activities at Highclare School.  Please contact the school if you would like to know more about our Senior School Music Scholarships or Music and Drama in our Junior Schools.   Why not pop along to an Open Day and see the school in action. Details on the website:   www.highclareschool.co.uk/open


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Congratulations to the gifted mathematicians at Highclare School who were entered in the Intermediate Mathematical Challenge recently.

This is a nationally recognised challenge and only the

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top 40% of students receive a certificate.


Silver Certificates were awarded to:

Samuel Donaghue, L5

Ainara Zubialde,  U4


A Bronze certificate was awarded to:

Aditya Swaminathan,  L5


These are great achievements, well done to you all.

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CONGRATULATIONS to U3 pupil Malakai Florey-Meah who took part in Cinderella Dreams, a performance project for ballet students in conjunction with Birmingham Royal Ballet, at

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the Birmingham Hippodrome.

Malakai started dancing because he liked the way in which you can express your mood no matter what it is.   He said that he had been inspired by his PE teacher, Mr Jones, never to give up.  Malakai also enjoys playing football which he says helps to keep him fit.

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Highclare Junior School pupils at Highcare St Paul’s have been putting their business skills to good use during their Enterprise Day on Friday 10th June.


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initiatives have included setting up small businesses in groups and during the day they were able to market their skills and businesses to pupils, staff and parents.

The range of things included : ‘Popping Stationery’, ‘Smoothies 4 U’,  ‘Craft and Snack Disney Shack’, ‘Hampers R Us’, & ‘ Fantasy Football’.   Additionally, Charlotte Hodivala, the new  Mayor of Sutton popped in during the afternoon for afternoon tea and to chat to the children and parents.

Mrs Polly Bennett, Head of Junior Schools at Highclare, said “ This was a great initiative by the children themselves and they showed some excellent entrepreneurial choices in achieving a profit, which will go to our school charity, The African Space Trust.   It was lovely to see the new Mayor during the afternoon and we hope that she has spotted some budding new business talent for the future !”


Photo:   Charlotte Hodivala (Mayor of Sutton Coldfield with Aimee Reid and Daisy McGrath.

We are pleased to announce the introduction for September 2016, of the HSGP, an annually-awarded means-tested bursary to cover up to 100% of school fees

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for a boy or girl upon entering the Senior School in Year 7.

The HSGP, once awarded to an individual, will cover the fees for the duration of a pupil’s education in the Senior School and will be available for any boy or girl currently at any local primary school.

Means tested to widen accessibility as much as possible, it will be awarded to a boy or girl with outstanding academic potential.
We are very pleased to take this step and recognises that it is important to show commitment to the notion of demonstrable public benefit. Headmaster, Dr Richard Luker commented “it is a significant initiative to cement our position in our community and I am delighted that the Governors have given me permission to raise our accessibility in this way. It is entirely in keeping with our Latin motto Facta Non Verba, which translates to: Deeds, Not Words”.

Interested parties are asked to contact the Admissions Office in order to gain more information about the application and assessment procedure.

Telephone: 0121 386 8218

Pupils at Highclare St Paul’s on Lichfield Road had two very special visitors this week.  Two members from the York Military Wives Choir came to

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school to visit the children ahead of the fantastic Concert being hosted by Highclare School on July 4th for their school charity, Ssafa.  The Junior and Senior choirs from Highclare School will be joining with the prestigious Military Wives Choir for a memorable performance.

Alison and Chloe from the choir watched the Year 1 children sing ‘I’m a Jellyfish’ and joined in with the words and actions.

At the forthcoming charity concert they will be performing an amazing programme of songs including  ‘Wherever You Are’;   ‘Something Inside So Strong’ and ‘The Rhythm of Life’. They will also be performing an exclusive song written especially for them called’Home’.  The words are incredibly powerful and the emotion is one many in the military community have had to endure with recent deployments to Afghanistan.

If you would like tickets for  this wonderful concert featuring the Military Wives Choir, Highclare Senior Choir, Highclare  Junior Choir, Mr Richard Owen, Mr John Barber and talented pupils from the school, please email stpaulsloffice@highclareschool.co.uk  for further information.    Ticket prices start from £15 and the concert will be held on Saturday 4th July at St Michael’s Church, Boldmere, Sutton Coldfield.

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