Central England Academy Trust has been approved by the Department for Education to establish a secondary free school for children aged 11-16 years at the new Top Farm neighbourhood in the Weddington area of Nuneaton.

The new school will help to address the accelerating need for secondary school places in the growing town and our vision is to create a high-quality and engaging provision to serve the needs of local children, young people, and families, embracing diversity of all forms.

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 located at the new Top Farm development, off Higham Lane. 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. Non-selective, state-funded, non-denominational and co-educational, the new school will welcome pupils from all backgrounds and of all abilities.

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 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.

Set within the new 1,700-home Top Farm development, the new school will also be an important hub for local residents, providing out-of-hours community use of the extensive sports facilities with dedicated pupil and visitor-only entrances.

This Statutory Consultation creates a forum of communication between the Trust, interested parents and carers, and other stakeholders, giving them the opportunity to help shape the secondary school so that it meets the needs of the Nuneaton community.


Please read this booklet and complete the accompanying questionnaire which can be returned by post or completed online at:

You can also scan and email the completed questionnaire or send any comments to info@hlna.co.uk or leave us a message on 024 7638 8123 (Higham Lane School), specifying the Higham Lane North Academy consultation. We will note your comments or call you to discuss.

The consultation period ends at 12pm on Tuesday 30th July 2024. We would appreciate your views and feedback by this date.

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