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Higham Lane North Academy

A new secondary free school following the model of Higham Lane School is set to open in Nuneaton in September 2025!

We are hugely excited that Higham Lane North Academy has entered into the ‘pre-opening phase’ and we are now preparing to open this new non-selective, state-funded 11-16 secondary free school in September 2025.

Higham Lane North Academy is proposed to open with up to five forms of entry (150 places) in Year 7 from September 2025 at a state-of-the-art school and community resource at the new Milby Meadows neighbourhood at Top Farm in Weddington. It will grow in line with the local need for additional secondary school places until reaching full capacity as a 900-pupil school with 180 pupils in each year group from Year 7 to Year 11.

Established by Central England Academy Trust, Higham Lane North Academy will benefit from fantastic collaboration with its lead school, Higham Lane School, a high-performing 11-18 comprehensive school, in the top 6% of schools nationally for

progress in 2023, located approximately one mile away. 

It will follow the same successful model for secondary education that has seen Higham Lane School judged as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in May 2019 and as World Class in 2021, and will continue the tradition of high-quality educational provision, academic excellence, exceptional pastoral care and personal development in a school at the heart of its community. 

Our Headteacher Designate Mrs Kirstie Robinson starts in post in January 2025. As the current Deputy Headteacher of Higham Lane School and part of the initial team who were successful with the bid for the new free school, Mrs Robinson’s vision for Higham Lane North Academy combined with her sustained track record of excellence in educational leadership will build exceptional educational experiences for our pupils from day one.


Our learning ethos is founded on the belief that there are no limits to the learning and development of each pupil. The cutting-edge facilities at this brand-new school will enable pupils to access not only the broad and balanced knowledge curriculum based on the proven Higham Lane School model but also an innovative education that will encompass digital media, IT, engineering, drama, music, art, with ample opportunity for sports recreation and education. An extended school day will provide access to a wide choice of enrichment activities. An enhanced transition programme will ensure pupils make a successful move from primary to secondary school and on to their post-16 option of choice. 


We are working closely with the Department for Education and Warwickshire County Council to ensure the successful opening of this exceptional new provision and are looking forward to the journey ahead.

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Sept 2025


Up to 150


YEAR 7 - YEAR 11


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