To provide innovative, personalised, and exciting learning opportunities that ensure our students are happy and successful in life.
To be the highest performing and first choice provider for young people aged 5 - 16 years, with Special Educational Needs.
A passion for education. A vision of excellence. A mission to succeed.
Key Strategic Aims 2019/20
Achieve self-assessment “excellent” status.
Continued introduction of innovative teaching & learning practices.
Create school premises and an estate that we are all proud of.
Raise the profile of the school.
Ensure the school is financially healthy.
Demonstrate the best value for money.
Explore a range of mutually beneficial Partnerships & Alliances.
& improved communications.
Operational Targets 2019/20
Our School Principles
Each child is different:
Our children and young people study the UK National Curriculum which is carefully personalised to meet their individual needs. Many of our students have barriers to learning and may be behind their peers. We offer high-quality literacy and numeracy intervention, with a focus on phonics. We place a strong emphasis on developing the basic skills necessary to become a competent and independent learner, and a successful adult.
All students access our classroom learning curriculum but differentiated for their age and learning needs. Our subjects/topic areas are Maths, English, Science, ICT, Humanities, Personal Social & Health Education, PE, Music, Art and Design Technology. Our teachers are qualified and experienced at supporting young people with special educational needs.
No child is left behind:
A nurturing approach and sense of community are central to life here at Highgate Hill House School. We have a high staff to student ratio. We offer a highly specialist and therapeutic wrap-around education programme for young people with complex barriers to learning, which enables them to live at home with their parents and carers. We run an extended school year, offering outdoor holiday clubs and adventurous activities, outdoor learning, art, creative activities, music, and sports. These provide opportunities to stay active during school holidays and supports students’ progress within the school.
Our students get along very well and cook for each other on a daily basis. We have a vertical tutoring system, with older students acting as peer mentors for younger or newer students. We operate a 'buddy' system too so that new students quickly feel that they belong. We have a clear rewards and incentives system, and celebrate our achievements together.
Learning must be fun:
We are very lucky to be able to offer outdoor learning in our extensive, beautiful school grounds. The mixture of woodland and fields provide excellent opportunities for learning outside the classroom throughout the school day. We use our extensive grounds to offer students regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a natural environment. We believe in a holistic approach to developing resilient, confident, independent and creative learners. This gives students opportunities to enjoy success and supports their classroom learning.
We focus massively on team building and problem solving, to develop students’ ability to build positive relationships and develop their thinking skills. We are close to the coast and Dartmoor National Park and use these natural resources in our Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Programme. Our outdoor learning programme also allows students the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.
Personalised Therapy is a must:
One of the unique features about Highgate is that our therapy department is very much part of the school community. Our therapists are based on site and not only have sessions in our therapy rooms but join lessons, and also can go out in to the community and visit people at home. The Therapy department at Highgate has grown significantly over the past few years and now the school is currently able to offer the following areas of therapy;
Speech and Language Therapy
Mental Health Practitioner
The school also has close links with a psychologist, who specialises in Autism Spectrum Disorders.
At Highgate it is our policy to start discussing a pupil’s needs in relation to therapy during the admission process. It is very important to us at Highgate that the child is at the centre of the care around them so this would be done with them and their family/carers right at the beginning of their Highgate journey.
Whilst a child is at Highgate they may have more than one of the therapies on offer, at any one time. The aspect of having the therapists in the school on a day to day basis gives the child extra opportunity to get to know and build a therapeutic relationship over many years.
We are respectful of all views and personal circumstances, whatever they may be.
We are open and transparent in all we do.
We treat everyone with kindness and the care they may need.
We are focused on meeting all our students' needs.
We respect the total confidentiality of all.