Name: Harrogate High School
Location: Ainsty Road, Harrogate
Headteacher: Mrs Charlotte Clarke

Harrogate High School

Harrogate High School belongs to a strong and sustainable family of schools that together form the Trust Partnership of Northern Star Academies Trust, serving the communities of Harrogate, Skipton and Keighley.  The school provides dynamic, challenging and engaging learning opportunities in order to raise student achievement and to improve their life chances. Our ethos is driven by our core values; Courage, Aspiration, Respect, Equality and Self-control.

By embedding ambition in our students, we will enable our young people to lead a balanced life as adults, capable of contributing positively to their community and wider society. Positive relationships are fundamental to our success. The generosity of staff and their willingness to work with and for students, adds to the trusting and caring ethos that permeates the school. 

Students speak about their teachers and the extra effort teachers put in for them with gushing pride and heartfelt gratitude. They are truly grateful for all that teachers do for them’(Ofsted, 2017).

You have created a school ethos that focuses on mutual respect and high expectations’(Ofsted, 2017)

Harrogate High School

Learning at Harrogate High School

Our personalised approach to teaching and learning is the key to raising achievement for all students enabling us to match their interests and talents with an appropriate curriculum and a range of extracurricular opportunities.

Harrogate High School

At school during a pandemic

We are incredibly proud of our school community; all that has been achieved and the ongoing support for one another during these uncertain times. Our staff have embraced the digital learning movement and continue to work hard to plan and adapt their delivery of lessons, incorporating live lessons and pre-recorded lessons where necessary and continue to provide the highest standard of pastoral care for our students.

Wellbeing and Mental Health

The vision for Wellbeing and Mental Health at Harrogate High School has always been for a whole school community where first-class emotional wellbeing and mental health are at the heart of the culture and ethos of the school.

Last term, we were delighted to receive accreditation of the Wellbeing Award for Schools (WAS) award as an endorsement of the shift in culture that we’ve achieved collaboratively and look forward to improving and developing our seminal work moving forwards.


A strong link with and a sense of pride within our community is very important to us.

Last term, to show support and thanks to the NHS and our local Harrogate Hospital for their unstinting work during these uncertain and unprecedented times of Covid, we organised a 3k sponsored run and invited students from Years 7 to 10 to take part and raise funds. Students and teachers had a great time and raised an amazing £2248 for the cause!

This term, leading up to Christmas we will be supporting the NYCC Campaign “Stronger Together – to build stronger communities.”

After a challenging and uncertain year, we are coming together to support our own disadvantaged school families. We will be collecting food donations and delivering them sensitively to those in need.

We approach the Christmas period in solidarity and with hope for the New Year.

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