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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
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.

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Aims and Ethos

We are an academic community where intelligent children from a wide variety of social backgrounds are given the maximum opportunity to strive for the highest standards.

We want children to develop their individuality and we must identify their talents in an environment where they feel safe and valued. Ours is a diverse, down-to-earth school which thrives on curiosity, challenge, encouragement and kindness; where everyone listens and responds to each other.

At Nottingham High School we:

  • Build a culture of mutual respect and tolerance to equip our pupils with the skills necessary to live in a diverse society.
  • Expect and achieve high standards in academic work and in behaviour, valuing each pupil’s individual journey.
  • Maintain open communications between parents, staff and pupils to foster a partnership of learning.
  • Provide a creative and vibrant environment through a variety of opportunities and activities to allow every pupil to explore and experiment as they learn.
  • Provide a rich, stimulating and balanced curriculum that builds skills of independence, confidence and emotional resilience, through lessons which are challenging, engaging and exciting for all, to encourage an enjoyment of and love for learning.
  • Provide outstanding pastoral care.
  • Value and nurture each pupil as an individual, through our friendly, supportive and caring ethos. Celebrate the effort, achievements and talents of all.

So Much More


At Nottingham High School we aim to provide 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

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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.