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History of The Highcrest Academy

The academy has come a long way since 2001 when it was a “Fresh Start” School where the number of students for whom it was the first choice was in single figures.  The previous school was closed because of the violent students and poor standards.  The school was known locally as the “Prison on the Hill”.

Highcrest has changed radically since then.  It is now the only all ability academy in Buckinghamshire.  Currently, Years 7, 8 and 9 are all ability cohorts, which has been achieved through our banded entry.  Year 10 and 11 are upper school cohorts, but the upper school nature of the school will be phased out over the next two years. 

Students are proud of The Highcrest Academy (pupil survey) and when parents have been surveyed, the level of parent satisfaction has also been exceptionally high.

Highcrest sets challenging targets at whole school and individual student level.  Targets are reviewed and discussed with students and parents frequently.  Attendance by parents at these target meetings has been high.

The mission statement for the school and the school's motto “Aspire and Achieve” are placed prominently around the school and are frequently referred to in assemblies and lessons.  The constant emphasis on improvement in standards of behaviour, effort and academic achievement is only part of our mission statement.  The students are also encouraged to celebrate the cultural diversity amongst our community through special events, international days and charity events, as well as through the day to day pastoral care the school offers.

Highcrest is very aware that it is part of a community and works hard to instil a sense of local and global responsibility.  This means that students take part in many activities which enhances the local community and have a real understanding of their role in improving the world community.