The Highcrest Academy

Our Welcome

Message From The Principal

I am delighted to be able to welcome you to 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. Your child’s education is as important to us as it is to you and 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 making sure that every student makes outstanding progress and succeeds both academically and in terms of their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Indeed, we value a strong work ethic and aim to develop, sometimes hidden or unsuspected talent, into fruition.

Here at Highcrest, we are committed to setting 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.

Our website will give you a brief insight into our ethos and our work. I would, however, encourage you to arrange a visit so you can see for yourself what makes The Highcrest Academy so special. 

G D Burke | Principal

Glen Burke      

A Welcome from our Head Girl

The Highcrest Academy is a remarkable place to learn and become the best person you can be, which played a significant role in shaping the young woman I am today. The school promotes an inclusive and supportive environment for all the students at the Academy, motivating us to achieve all our ambitions. I feel fortunate enough to have had such an amazing opportunity to thrive off what the school has to offer, inspiring me daily to embrace my curiosity for new skills and passions. The school celebrates every student’s background, bringing equality and diversity to the school; this makes it such a friendly and accepting place to be in every day. The Academy has something for everyone…motivating us all to take part in numerous extracurricular activities, both inside and outside the classroom, including the Duke of Edinburgh Award, various sports clubs, and the Bridge to Employment programme. When you have aspired at the Academy, you will always achieve, which is celebrated in various ways; honourable mentions in the weekly newsletter, the Celebration of Excellence, Stars of the Week and trips to Thorpe Park! Having the House system at Highcrest brings out a healthy, competitive energy between students to succeed as a team, and to learn about yourself too. To be the Head Girl of the Academy is equally a privilege and rewarding as I can draw on my experience from being a student here since Year 7, which now enables me to support the students in achieving their own personal goals.

The Highcrest Academy is a remarkable place to learn and become the best person you can be, which played a significant role in shaping the young woman I am today."

A Welcome from our Head Boy


 "There is something for everyone at Highcrest."

Being a student of The Highcrest Academy is an incredible gateway for the adult life with its focus on building essential life skills as well as strong independence preparing us for a successful future. The environment at Highcrest is friendly and comforting allowing students to develop socially and truly become themselves building unique characters. There is full support from teachers and peers for students to reach their potential academically as well as personally. The numerous extracurricular opportunities for pupils such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award and multiple school trips adds to the character building and creates amazing experiences students are bound to never forget. There is something for everyone at Highcrest with multiple clubs held every day assuring that pupils develop hobbies and passions. I am honoured to be the Head Boy of The Highcrest Academy as it is a tremendous school, truly focussing on ensuring students have great aspirations and building their way to achieve them.


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