Higham Lane School

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Higham Lane School
Motto Helping Learners Succeed
Established 1939
Type Academy
Religion Secular
Headmaster Phil Kelly
Location Shanklin Drive
CV10 0BJ
England Coordinates: 52°31′58″N 1°27′24″W / 52.5329°N 1.4568°W / 52.5329; -1.4568
Local authority Warwickshire
DfE URN 125741 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1,230
Gender Co-educational
Ages 11–16
Colours mainly red, black and white
Website www.highamlane.warwickshire.sch.uk

Higham Lane School is a secondary school in Weddington, Nuneaton, England. The current headteacher is Mr Phil Kelly who became headmaster in January 2006, replacing Dr R. Tetlow. The school teaches pupils aged eleven to sixteen (Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4) in preparation for their GCSEs. The original school building dates back to 1939 but, with the inclusion of new laboratories, a sports hall and new Business & Enterprise Centre, has been extensively extended and modernised since. In 2003, after a successful bid, the school was granted Business and Enterprise College status under the specialist schools programme. On 1 January 2012 the school officially gained Academy status.

School farm[edit]

In the 1970s, and 1980s, the school became well known for the smallholding established by teacher John Terry, which he wrote about in several books. When Queen Elizabeth II visited Nuneaton for the first time in December 1994, she visited the school to present a calf to the school farm and to open the school's new science block. The school farm continued to operate successfully until Terry's retirement in 1998 when it fell into a state of disrepair due to lack of funding.

The area where the school farm was located became a school garden that included two ponds and an aviary of budgies. Teacher Mr Faulds ran the garden with the help of a small group of enthusiastic pupils led by Mark Leaney. The garden won the secondary school category for Nuneaton's Britain in Bloom five years running but closed at the end of the school year in 2008. The aviary has now been converted into a workshop where Construction courses are delivered to Higham Lane School pupils by a lecturer from North Warwickshire and Hinckley College.

The building[edit]

The building is split into many parts but the main two were originally two different schools. Chine was a high school and Coombe was a lower school (primary). The schools has many rooms. These are some of the different subjects: Mathematics, Physical Education, Design and Technology - food, textiles and computer aided design, Art, Geography, Learning Support, History, Music and Science.

The school also offers a prayer room open all day.

Notable Alumni[edit]

Jon Holmes - Bafta award winning comedian, writer and presenter Xfm, The Now Show BBC Radio 4, writer of TV's Horrible Histories, BBC Radio 2, BBC 6Music


  1. ^ http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/whats-on/film-news/nuneaton-filmmaker-gareth-edwards-ready-7085367

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