Dear Families and Students,

I would like to extend to you a warm welcome to our school community. As the new Headteacher, I am incredibly excited to start my first year at 山. It is such a privilege to be able to shape the lives and futures of young people and I believe I have the best job in the world!

We are a community that is ‘together in our pursuit of excellence’ in conduct, learning and leadership. Our promise to families is that students are supported and encouraged to be scholars who are ambitious, curious and courageous in their determination to excel. They are polite, respectful, kind, well presented citizens who are ready to learn and who contribute positively to our community.  

Excellence in learning is at the heart of everything we do. There is an unwavering, uncompromising focus and determination from staff, governors, trustees and our families, that all students leave 山 High School with the best set of qualifications and character possible, equipping them for our rapidly changing, highly competitive and exciting world.  

We work closely with our community to ensure students attend school fully, embrace opportunities and overcome challenges. We listen actively and we learn together, ensuring our students have access to a rich and varied set of opportunities and experiences, to develop their character and prepare them for future success and happiness as young adults who excel in making a positive difference to their community.   

The 山 Promise: 

The 山 Promise is something we hold dear to our culture and ethos. It is our determination to:

  • provide a rigorous academic programme that engages and challenges all students to achieve excellence.  
  • offer a wide variety of enriching activities and access to high quality modern facilities that allow students to explore their interests and talents.  
  • create a positive and supportive learning culture where students and staff thrive, feeling safe, respected and valued.  
  • work with families and our community to provide students with the support and guidance they need to succeed.   
  • deliver a professional culture where we model and demonstrate excellence in learning, conduct and leadership 

At 山 we believe that our community can achieve excellence and that every individual has a unique and valued contribution to make. In doing so this makes 山 a special place to learn and to work.

I do hope that you take the time to visit us, to explore our website and choose to become part of our fantastic community.

Heidi Thurland


For information about our Vision and Values, Policies, Governance, Pupil Premium, Vacancies and more, or to download a copy of our Prospectus, please see the menu, which can be found at the bottom of the page if you are viewing this on your phone or to the left if you're using a desktop/laptop or tablet.

For information about joining the 山 community in Year 7 or above, please see the 'Becoming a Student at 山' page in the Parents and Carers section of this website. Click here to be redirected.


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Contact our School Office by email: or by telephone: 01260 730123.

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