Contact information

Patcham High School
Ladies Mile Road

Telephone:  01273 503908


For general queries to the school, contact Elise Holmes or email

Minutes of governing body meetings are available on request from the Clerk to Governors. Please contact

Admissions arrangements

Patcham High School is a local authority school and therefore admission to the school is through the Local Authority department at King’s House.  You can contact them by telephoning 01273 293653, or by visiting this website for information:

Our published admission number for entry into Year 7 is 225 students.  We do not operate a selection policy for admission and comply with the requirements of the Admissions Code.  If more students apply than we have places available, the Local Authority will allocate places according to the criteria set out in the Admissions Code.

Prospective parents are welcome to look around the school before they make application.  Please telephone the school and ask to speak to Zoe Kent, our Admissions officer.


Ethos and Values

Our school is rooted in its local community.  We welcome students of all abilities and backgrounds and encourage them to be the best they can.  Visitors remark on the warmth of the atmosphere when they visit us and we often refer to our school community as the Patcham family.  As one of the smaller schools in Brighton and Hove with just over 1000 students, we value knowing our students well and treating them as individuals.  Relationships between staff and students are strong and there is a vibrancy and energy to our school.  As far as we can, we personalise our curriculum to suit the needs, abilities and aspirations of our learners, encouraging them to reach their very best academic potential.  The development of personal qualities is central to our ethos and to that end we provide a wide and varied range of extra-curricular activities, designed to foster intellectual curiosity as well as building confidence and skills.  We are an innovative school where trying different things is encouraged and we lead the way in a number of key areas:  for example the introduction of our Drop Everything And Read programme where everyone reads for 15 minutes every day at the same time.  This has had a marked impact on our literacy levels and we now help other schools to introduce it.


GCSE results

Examination results for all subjects can be found on our website by following ‘School Information’ → ‘Examinations

Parents may access the school’s most recent full Ofsted report by following this link:

Parents may access the School Performance Tables on the DfE website by following this link:


The School Curriculum

Patcham High School offers a cohesive curriculum that sets out to provide opportunity, to be inclusive and challenging, broad and balanced. The curriculum facilitates clear progression routes within the school and beyond. Specific focus ensures that the curriculum is effectively implemented to ensure the needs of SEND students are met and that disadvantaged students are fully supported.

The curriculum is underpinned by the school’s distinctive ethos around wellbeing, nurturing and inclusivity to ensure the safeguarding of all within the community.

The curriculum is structured in accordance with our statutory obligations to the National Curriculum:

The curriculum is balanced and broadly based, to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society; It also prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

The National Curriculum in England – Our formal curriculum

  • The national curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.
  • The national curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. There is time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to range beyond the national curriculum specifications. Our informal curriculum
  • The national curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.

Compulsory subjects in Key Stage 3: Core subjects; English / Mathematics / Science; Foundation subjects; Art and design / Citizenship / Computing / Design and technology / Languages / Geography / History / Music / Physical education / Religious education / Sex and relationships education.

Compulsory subjects in Key Stage 4: Core subjects; English / Mathematics / Science; Foundation subjects; Citizenship / Computing / Physical education / Religious education / Sex and relationships education.

Key stage 4 entitlement areas are not compulsory national curriculum subjects after the age of 14, but all pupils have a statutory entitlement to be able to study a subject in each of those four areas:

  1. The arts (comprising art and design, music, dance, drama and media arts)
  2. Design and technology
  3. The humanities (comprising geography and history)
  4. Modern foreign languages

We must provide access to a minimum of one course in each of the four entitlement areas;

We must provide the opportunity for pupils to take a course in all four areas, should they wish to do so; this is achieved with the three options in Years 10 and 11 and the ‘early’ option in Years 9 and 10.

Any course we offer that meets the entitlement requirements must give pupils the opportunity to obtain an approved qualification.

PHS Curriculum


Parents who would like more information about the Curriculum our students are following should contact Mr Newman, Deputy Headteacher on


Employee Salary Information (earning over 100k per annum)

Maintained schools are now required to publish salary information on any employee earning over £100,000 per annum.

All staff in the school are paid in accordance with the School Teachers Pay & Conditions Document (STPD) or National Joint Council (NJC) Terms & Conditions (support staff).  All salary levels are determined and reviewed annually by the Pay Committee of the Board of Governors.

Please see below the numbers of employees earning over £100,000 per annum:

Remuneration Band (£)

Employees Earning over £100k

100,000 109,999 1
110,000  119,999 0
120,000  129,999 0
130,000  139,999 0
140,000  149,999 0
150,000  159,999 0
160,000  169,999 0
170,000  179,999 0
180,000  189,999 0
190,000  199,999 0
200,000+ 0


Pupil Premium report

You can find our report detailing how we spent our allocation and the impact it had, together with our spending plans by following this link:

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Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy catch-up premium report

You can find our report detailing how we spent last year’s Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy catch-up premium funding and the impact it had by following this link:

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Special Educational Needs (SEN) report

The school’s report on the policy for students with Special Educational Needs can be accessed by following this link:

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Our SENCO lead is Ms Dyche who can be contacted via email:

Our Accessibility Plan for students with SEN can be accessed by following this link:

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Behaviour Policy

You can find our Behaviour Policy by following this link:

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All school policies can be found on our website by clicking on the School information tab and then School Policies or follow this link.