• "Pupils enjoy trusting, respectful relationships with staff and each other. These strong relationships ensure pupils work hard and try their best.’ OFSTED 2015"
  • "An extensive range of extra-curricular clubs at lunchtime and after school provide opportunities to develop life skills and confidence. OFSTED 2015"
  • "‘The school’s values are at the heart of all relationships and are constantly referred to by staff and pupils ... pupils are able to talk eloquently about how to live by the values in order to become good citizens.’ OFSTED 2015"

Community Links

High Down has close links within our community.


Low Carbon Gordano

We are working together to explore joint projects to improve our energy efficiency and lower our carbon footprint.


Portishead Lions Club

In talks at present helping the school improve the school grounds with the help of volunteers and Gordano School Students.


Transition Portishead

For several years they have come into school during Science week to provide eco-friendly activities. 



Paint Pals

 Paint Pals is an intergenerational art project, which builds links in the local community between older people living in Care Homes with children in local schools run by the Bristol based charity Alive!.   Through exchanging postcards and art, and getting together for collaborative art workshops, Paint Pals encourages meaningful communication and the building of relationships between the generations.  Our school has been linked with Norewood Lodge and children have been to visit a few  times already this academic year.  Take a look in our photo gallery for photos.




In recent years the school choir has entertained the commuters at Bristol Temple Meads, at St. Peter's Church in aid of Sue Ryder and also sang to the elderly at various places as part of our Christmas celebrations.


Harest Celebrations

Each year the school collect  food parcels and house captains help to distribute them to local people in the community.  The school choir visits the Jubilee Hall where they sing carols to the elderly audience. This year we are also taking part in the 'Read and Feed' charity which will help people in need all over the world.





Each year we invite businesses to have stalls at our Christmas and Summer Fairs.


School join with other local schools for events such as MAWs concert, Raise the Roof.  We also attend may sporting events such as netball, cricket and football tournaments.


Festival of Ages


In the summer term the school worked  with Alliance Homes on the  'Festival of Ages' scheme.

Groups of older and younger people are working together on an exploration of dance over the past seven decades.  The group will work together, at the appropriate level of ability for all, to create a piece of choroeography that fuses their favourite dances.

Portishead in Bloom

In Term 4 Portishead in Bloom came into school to help with the revamp of our nature area. 

One area  was cleared in preparation for installing some raised beds which will be used for vegetables, herbs and flowers. In addition to this, we created some log and stone piles for insect and amphibian homes. Litter and debris was cleared from the whole area.  We are very grateful to the help they provided and that of the other helpers that came along on the day.


Below is a link to the Practically Perfect Mums Website, which is a free community service.