|Highgate Wood School|
|Department for Education URN||102154 Tables|
|Head teacher||Patrick Cozier BSc|
|Age||11 to 18|
|Houses||DaVinci, Seacole, Edison|
Highgate Wood School is a secondary school located in Crouch End in the North London borough of Haringey. It accommodates pupils aged 11-16, providing secondary education to 1368 pupils. The school also has a sixth form (ages 16-18). It has partnerships with Sport England, the Haymarket Theatre and the British Council through the International Schools Award scheme. The school has a uniform.
Most pupils come from South Haringay School, Rokesly Primary School, Ashmount School, Campsbourne School, Weston Park Primary School and Coleridge Primary School.
Highgate Wood School was founded as a comprehensive school in 1967. It replaced Bishopswood and Priory Vale secondary modern schools. Bishopswood school opened in 1961 and Priory Vale was formed in 1962 from a merger of North Harringay and Crouch End secondary modern schools.
Until 1987 the school was located on two sites - a lower school for pupils in year 7 and year 8, and an upper school for years 9 to 11 and the sixth form. The lower school was situated in the former Crouch End secondary modern school buildings, at the corner of Wolsley Road and Park Road, with the Home Economics and CDT wing facing onto Park Road. Some of the original buildings still stand today, converted into modern flats above shops. The upper school (located in the former Bishopswood secondary modern school buildings) now houses the whole school - including sixth form, computer centre, tennis courts, and sports hall.
In September 2013 the school reintroduced a House system DaVinci (Blue), Seacole (Green) and Edison (Yellow).
Former Headteachers: 1967-1979 Eurof Walters 1979-1997 Mr James McIntyre Smith 1997-2006 Pauline Ashbee
The sixth form unit was twinned with that of Hornsey School for Girls in 1987, a union that was dissolved in 2009. The Ofsted inspection of Highgate Wood School in 2005 commented on its 'improving' sixth form results. Since then sixth form students have demonstrated their abilities by improving results further year on year.
Highgate Wood School now sends over 80 students each year to university or higher education. The sixth form has a limit of 230 students. The sixth form remains committed to teaching students in small groups.
Highgate Wood School's has enjoyed success in the performing arts. Ambitious recent drama productions include 'The Crucible' by Arthur Miller, 'Yerma' by Federico Garcia Lorca, a contemporary version of Lysistrata by Aristophanes and the Madness musical Our House. The school's Music department has a well-deserved reputation, both for the standard of its concert performances and for the large number of students who benefit from individual instrumental tuition. It has established excellent results in mathematics and science, whilst also nurturing talents in English.
Novelist Romesh Gunesekera was writer-in-residence at Highgate Wood School. Publications arising from his residency include Crumbs on a Page (2009), and Pages Held With Words (2011). The author Keren David is currently working with the school as part of the Patron of Reading scheme.
From the last OFSTED report in November 2011: "Students at Highgate Wood Secondary School enjoy a good quality of education because the good teaching they receive secures equally effective learning and progress.
The well-planned curriculum serves the needs of students because it successfully identifies barriers to progress and makes the most of opportunities provided by organisations with which the school works in partnership. The specialist subject areas make a good contribution to students' creative skills and to their development of confidence and self-esteem. Students benefit from good teaching, which is effectively led and managed. This is further enhanced by good use of assessment to support learning.
Students succeed at Highgate Wood because of the good quality care, guidance and support they receive. Well-targeted care, guidance and support enable students to maximise their potential because their specific needs are correctly identified, and intervention strategies are carefully and sensitively implemented. Particularly strong is the support provided for the more vulnerable students who are at risk of underachieving.
The popular sixth form enjoys a positive reputation locally and, through good leadership and management, it complements the provision provided in Years 7 to 11. Some of the most effective teaching is in the sixth form.Students' good achievement is secured through an appropriately diverse curriculum offer and they are well prepared for the next stage of their lives. Sixth-form students speak highly of the provision and are empowered to develop as increasingly independent learners." The overall grade for the inspection was good.