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Welcome to Nottingham High School.

From our rich 500-year history to our impressive modern-day achievements, discover what makes us so much more than just our excellent academic reputation.

Who we are

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Who we are

Nottingham High School is an independent day school for boys and girls aged 4-18.

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 and become a co-educational institution in 2015.

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

Please do have a look around our website to find out more about Nottingham High School, and if you would like to see the school for yourself we would love to welcome you for a visit.

Welcome from our Headmaster

Kevin Fear

Here at Nottingham High School we have a well-deserved national reputation both for our academic success and for the high standards achieved in the wide range of activities we offer.

By championing the individual and encouraging intellectual curiosity, we ensure that all pupils not only achieve outstanding examination results but leave the School as well-rounded, confident young people, ready to play their part in tomorrow’s society.

I very much hope that I will have the pleasure of welcoming you and your family to the School, as we believe that a visit is the best way to discover what it is really like. In the meantime if you would like to keep up-to-date with Nottingham High School news you can follow us on Twitter at @NottsHigh, or my own account @KevinFear.

Vision, Mission and Values


We enable students from diverse backgrounds to flourish in an academic, caring environment engaging and inspiring every pupil in our care to maximise their potential and enjoyment. We nurture quietly confident and happy children who are intellectually curious and cared for as individuals.

We have high aspirations and pursue excellence across all areas of our provision.  We nurture individual pupils to achieve their highest potential and make a positive impact in the world.

We value each child and member of staff as an individual and embrace diversity in all its forms. We create the conditions in which our staff and children can be happy and flourish.

We are proud to be an inclusive and diverse community. We value kindness, integrity and modesty. We champion a culture of respect and understanding between all in the school community.

All of our provision is underpinned by empathy and tolerance. We seek to build resilience and empower children to make a difference in the world.

We value intellectual curiosity and creativity. We want every child to develop a love of learning. We embrace taking risks to enhance pupil development both academically and as people.

So Much More


At Nottingham High School we aim to provide so much more than academic excellence; our students are given opportunities to gain skills that prepare them for life, develop their current interests and explore new ones.

Whether students want to get up close and personal with our school minibeasts, brush up on their Classical Greek, embark on an outdoor adventure or volunteer in the local community, there are a multitude of clubs and societies to encourage them to follow their passions.

Through tutor support and guidance we champion each individual student, nurturing their talents and encouraging them to pursue their interests and try new things.

As well as what we offer within school, we are also fortunate to be able to give our pupils access to a rich variety of residential and day trips. While many are directly linked to the curriculum, the benefits to students go far beyond the purely academic. Our trips, visits and expeditions help facilitate personal development, from working as a team to good time management and the chance to really stretch and test each individual. Through student exchanges, cultural tours, sports tours, challenging expeditions and trips across all corners of the globe, the opportunities add up to a wealth of unforgettable experiences.

Our well-deserved national reputation


Co-Educational Independent School of the Year 2022

by the Independent School of the Year Awards

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The Sunday Times East Midlands Independent School of the Decade

in Parent Power, The Sunday Times Schools Guide 2021


Lord-Lieutenant's Award

For Promoting Voluntary Service - Young People


Independent School Parent

Independent School of the Year for Healthy Eating


Infant and Junior School – International School Award

in recognition of the school’s work to bring the world into the classroom


Independent Schools Inspectorate

Highest rating of “excellent” for the quality of pupils’ academic achievements and personal development


Royal Society of Chemistry Olympiad

In 2019, eighteen students gained certificates, including 5 Bronze Awards, 9 Silver Awards and 4 students attaining the highly prestigious Gold Awards.


The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

In 2019, 83 students gained certificates, including, 13 Bronze Awards, 44 Silver Awards and 26 Gold Awards.


HMC Member School

A thriving, proactive Association of leading figures in school education.