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His­to­ry and Heritage

Steeped in aca­d­e­m­ic his­to­ry, our High Pave­ment Sixth Form offers what we think is the per­fect com­bi­na­tion of edu­ca­tion­al her­itage and for­ward thinking. 

Did you know that our roots can be traced right back to the orig­i­nal High Pave­ment School in 1788

The School was locat­ed on High Pave­ment, a street in the Lace Mar­ket of old Not­ting­ham until in 1895 it moved to a new site on Stan­ley Road, For­est Fields. In 1955 it moved again to new premis­es on Nottingham’s Best­wood Estate. 

In 1975, The Boys Gram­mer School, as it had become, changed to High Pave­ment Sixth Form Col­lege, and in 1999 became part of New Col­lege Not­ting­ham, which merged with Cen­tral Col­lege Not­ting­ham in 2017 to become Not­ting­ham College. 

High Pavement Society

The High Pave­ment Soci­ety was formed in 1989 by for­mer stu­dents of the High Pave­ment School and High Pave­ment Sixth Form to mark the 200th anniver­sary of the orig­i­nal School opening. 

We’re immense­ly proud of our for­mer stu­dents (or alum­ni), and the High Pave­ment Soci­ety is made up of just that — alum­ni who want to keep in touch, share mem­o­ries, and sup­port High Pave­ment after they leave us. 

When you have com­plet­ed your stud­ies and embark on the next chap­ter of your life, you can choose to join the High Pave­ment Soci­ety, so you can keep in touch for many years to come. The Soci­ety proud­ly spon­sors a num­ber of annu­al awards for our stu­dents, includ­ing the Stan­ley Mid­dle­ton Lit­er­a­cy Award and Ken Bate­man Engi­neer­ing Award. 

Take a look at some of our other notable alumni

  • Satirist, actor and TV per­son­al­i­ty John Bird, known for the award-win­ning satir­i­cal TV show Brem­n­er, Bird and For­tune, among others 
  • Sea­soned actor, Peter Bowles, known for To the Manor Born, Rumpole of the Bai­ley, and more recent­ly for his role as the Duke of Welling­ton in ITV’s Victoria 
  • Clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist, Dr. Rebekah Ten­nyson, who pro­gressed to the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cam­bridge and now works in child and ado­les­cent men­tal health, along with com­plet­ing research in the field of fer­til­i­ty preser­va­tion for young peo­ple with cancer 
  • Suc­cess­ful entre­pre­neur, phil­an­thropist, and the first black Lord Lieu­tenant of Greater Lon­don, Sir Ken­neth Olisa OBE 
  • Com­pos­er, musi­cian, and mem­ber of the band Hawk­wind, Simon House 
  • Bio­chemist, the late Pro­fes­sor Ken­neth Bur­ton FRS, renowned for his work on DNA

Could you be one of the next High Pave­ment alum­ni to inspire future generations?