Sir Peter Birkett 

SEN International School of Excellence

The best gift parents can give their children is a better education and a chance to fly. 

International Prospectus
(In English)
Program Brochure


Our international school was named after our founder Sir Peter Birkett for his contribution to the field of education and especially to Highgate Hill House School. Pete has worked tirelessly for over 35 years in education introducing innovative and best practice that ensure all students regardless of their individual learning needs or background are happy, successful and reach their full potential. His passion for education inspires our school to learn more, do more and reach further to all children with additional needs.

Offering an international summer school throughout July and August, Highgate Hill House School welcomes students from all over the world. We embrace diversity for future global success and promise to provide a nurturing, stimulating and innovative environment for international Special Needs Students ranging from dyslexia, autism, ADHD and children with social and emotional learning needs. 
Unlike many international schools which focus purely on academic success and do not fully understand international students, our staff are fully qualified and appreciate cultural differences. Your children will be treated equally and enjoy the same benefits as local pupils. At Highgate Hill House School, we aim to ensure that our pupils' experience is exciting and meaningful by integrating academic, therapy and extracurricular activities. Some aspects of the curriculum and learning are taught through cross-curricular themes and others through discrete lessons. We aim to ensure that learning is FUN.
We know that students who have issues with learning can also have low self-esteem and problems with social relationships. Our holistic approach to school life helps our students to develop their social and emotional aspects of learning. Moreover, Highgate Hill House School is an Autism-friendly school. We support students who are on the Autistic Spectrum.
Our founder, Sir Peter Birkett, is happy to talk to parents regarding any concerns you may have so that we can work together as a team to enable your child to learn, make progress and be happy at school. Parents can email, follow his twitter, LinkedIn or website for direct contact. 


By choosing Highgate Hill House School, you are giving them the access to:
  • High-quality teaching and learning ( Click for details about our UK STANDARD ACADEMIC PROGRAM)
  • International and UK accredited qualifications with a focus on English language development
  • Staff who truly understand your children
  • Excellent school facilities located in the stunning Devon countryside
  • Specialist support from the UK’s leading psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists and education practitioners (Click for details about our THERAPEUTIC INTERVENTIONS)
  • Fully supervised and excellent student accommodation with good leisure facilities in the heart of Devon and Cornwall
  • A range of Vocational skills qualifications (BTEC, City & Guilds, RSA) 
  • Fun activities to build confidence and improve language and communication skills (sports, sailing, chess, singing, animal therapy, forest learning, field trips etc.) (Click for details about our EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES)
Highgate Hill House School offers unique personalised learning for all children. We will :
  • Customise and create a unique program for your child
  • Hold fortnightly calls to share progress
  • Support and mentor your child to next steps learning through to University












Highgate Hill House School is

your children's home away from home