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Past, Present and Future

Nottingham High School

Nottingham High School is an independent day school (HMC) comprising of an Infant and Junior School (for ages 4–11), Senior School (for ages 11–16) and Sixth Form (for ages 16-18).

The school was founded in 1513 by Dame Agnes Mellers with King Henry VIII sealing the school's foundation deed in that same year. After more than 500 years of teaching boys, we welcomed girls into our school, becoming a co-educational institution in 2015.

It is estimated that over 20,000 pupils have been educated at the school since that time. The Infant and Junior School (ages 4-11) has over 250 pupils. The Senior School mainly selects for entry at age 11+ and 16+ into Year 7 and Sixth Form with occasional places also available in Years 8-10. There are over 700 pupils in the Senior School including a vibrant Sixth Form of over 200.

Pupils come from a wide range of backgrounds and we are committed to maintaining a representative entry, supporting this with generous bursary and scholarship funds for Year 7. Together, these mean that about a tenth of Senior School pupils receive some form of financial assistance.

The High School is a school of national reputation.

The Headmaster has membership of HMC and the Infant and Junior Head membership of IAPS.

The School has an extensive pupil catchment and is first choice for much of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire. 

Each of the parts of Nottingham High School and Nottingham High Infant & Junior School has a comprehensive development plan for the future focusing on teaching and learning, pastoral care and co-curricular activities as well as building developments. A first class Sixth Form Centre and a modern dining facility was completed in 2009 adding to new and refurbished facilities across all parts of the School. There has been an extensive redevelopment and extension of the Junior School to cope with the demand for places since becoming co-educational.

Teachers at the High School are able to stretch the more able students whilst enabling all to achieve the highest possible value-added results. As well as teaching beyond the requirements of syllabus, there is a strong programme of departmental and School societies and clubs for pupils of all ages to enrich the curriculum; recent speakers at the School have included Geoff Hoon, Ken Clarke and Ed Balls, all former pupils, and the Speaker of the House of Commons.In addition regular visits are arranged to concerts and plays in the city through the High School Arts Society, offering subsidised tickets.

The High School operates a vertical pastoral system which is recognised as a particular strength. Tutors and Assistant Tutors get to know the pupils in their charge very well indeed during the course of their school careers. 

The Sixth Form has a strong and vibrant identity which provides leadership in the School.

Music and drama in our own Founder Hall, and sport and outdoor activities (linked with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, Combined Cadet Force and our own Scout Group) are enthusiastically supported by pupils and staff, as is a strong programme of Community Action.

The Concert Band, music groups, choirs, wind band and orchestras thrive, regularly tour overseas and compete with national success in competitions. In recent years, the School has appeared in national finals for cricket, swimming, orienteering and chess.

The School has its own swimming pool on site and sports ground at Valley Road, ten minutes drive away. Rugby, cricket and athletics are the main boys’ sports in the Senior School; netball, hockey are the main girls’ sports. Additionally there are facilities and coaching available in many other sports. Tours are a feature of the major sports.