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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?