The Highfield School

Coordinates: 51°58′07″N 0°14′28″W / 51.9685998°N 0.2412224°W / 51.9685998; -0.2412224

The Highfield School
Highfield School Letchworth 2017.jpg
The Highfield School in 2017
The Highfield School, Highfield, Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire, SG6 3QA

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Coordinates51°58′07″N 0°14′28″W / 51.9685998°N 0.2412224°W / 51.9685998; -0.2412224
TypeFoundation school
MottoOur school, our future
Local authorityHertfordshire
Department for Education URN117537 Tables
HeadteacherLucy Miles
Age11 to 18
HousesAlan Turing, Martin Luther King, Mary Seacole, Rosalind Franklin, Charlotte Bronte and Steven Hawking. (Name order coordinates with order below)
Colour(s)       Yellow, Red, Blue, Green, Purple and Orange
WebsiteThe school website

The Highfield School is a coeducational secondary school and sixth form located in Letchworth, Hertfordshire. The Highfield School teaches from Year 7 through to Year 12 or 13 The school is part of the Letchworth Sixth Form Consortium with Fearnhill School. It received a with outstanding features OFSTED grade.


Students are allocated to tutor groups which form houses. There are six houses: Alan Turing, Martin Luther King, Mary Seacole, Rosalind Franklin, Charlotte Bronte and Steven Hawking. Which have the house colours of yellow, red, blue, green, purple and orange respectively; the houses are named after famous people from history. The houses were previously known as Anglia, Mercia, Northumbria and Wessex before they were changed in 2008 and Babbage, Curie, Einstein and Armstrong up until 2022.

Students can earn house points and the house with the most house points at the end of the year win the house cup.

Throughout the year there are inter-house competitions including various small tournaments that are held in timetabled P.E lessons, dance competitions and a sports day (at the end of the school year).


Highfield School specialises in Science, and there are many Science and Maths events including a Science Festival. Students at Highfield, alongside Fearnhill School and many local primaries, take part in Science-related events, including a celebration evening. The school also works closely to develop science and maths in their partner primary schools throughout the year.

Original buildings[edit]

The original school buildings were designed using a system of standard prefabricated components, and construction work started in May 1964. The prefabrication system used was SEAC Mark 1 (2' 8" Steel).[1]

The buildings[edit]

In January 2017 the school moved into a new purpose-built £15 million building beside the old one, the latter being consequently demolished. The new building was fully financed by the Education Funding Agency.[2] Originally North Hertfordshire District Council turned down the application on the grounds that the development would have a detrimental effect on neighbouring residential areas "due to its size and proximity to nearby buildings." They also raised concerns regarding the quality of the design. However, the planning inspector dismissed these claims stating that the building would not have an adverse effect on the locale.

The new builing is composed of three major blocks: Unwin, Parker and Howard. Each block contains a group of subject, for example Unwin has sciences and parker has humanities. [3]

Foundation and partnership[edit]

The Highfield School is a foundation school and is part of The Letchworth Garden City Education Partnership.[4] The partnership pairs Highfield with Fearnhill School; the sixth form students can pick subjects which are taught at Fearnhill alongside Highfield.


  1. ^ Keath, Michael P K (March 1983). "Appendix 5" (PDF). The Development of School Construction Systems in Hertfordshire 1946-64 (PhD thesis). Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  2. ^ The school of tomorrow, today – Letchworth’s Highfield School set to hold open day as £15 million rebuild nears completion - The Comet 24 November 2016
  3. ^ Multi-million pound rebuild of Highfield School, Letchworth, given green light - Hertfordshire Mercury 15 January 2015
  4. ^ Co-operative Partnership