Our Mission

To provide innovative, personalised, and exciting learning opportunities that ensure our students are happy and successful in life.

Our Mission

To be the highest performing and first choice provider for young people aged 5 - 16 years, with Special Educational Needs.

Our Vision

A passion for education. A vision of excellence. A mission to succeed.

Our Mantra

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.


Staffing Rewards

& improved communications.


Operational Targets 2019/20

Quality of Education Provided

• Accurate, up-to-date careers guidance that– (i) is presented in an impartial manner;

(ii) enables them to make informed choices about a broad range of career options; and

(iii) helps to encourage them to fulfil their potential;

• Year 11 pupils have a range of curriculum opportunities leading to formal accreditation, including core curriculum subjects, creative subjects and practical and vocational subjects.

• The school is a registered exam centre to deliver BTec, GCSE’s & AQA Unit awards

• Progress data for pupils clearly shows both academic and soft skill progress and is shared with the LAB every half term

• Progress data shows that 90% of pupils who attend full time, make expected progress in English & Maths

• The school utilises benchmarking data to assess its own effectiveness.

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils

• The school council meets regularly and has a positive impact on school life and promotes well being of pupils.

• A restorative, reflective approach to dealing with difficulties is used to enable pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence

• The PSHE programme actively promotes the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

Welfare, health and safety of pupils

• Sanctions imposed upon pupils for serious misbehaviour promotes good behaviour effectively

• Bullying at the school is prevented in so far as reasonably practicable, by the drawing up and implementation of an effective anti-bullying strategy.

• Attendance is effectively monitored, in line with the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006(c).

• Attendance for pupils who attend full time is 85% or better.

• Attendance for pupils who have been out of education prior to being taken on roll, is improving rapidly.

Premises of and accommodation at schools

• All classrooms will have appropriate ICT to support learning, including  interactive teacher screens and SEN software

• A hard outdoor play space will be created to enhance pupils play opportunities.

Provision of information

• A cycle of policy review by the LAB ensures that all statutory and schools policies are maintained, up to date and, if appropriate, published on the website and a child friendly version available, if appropriate.

• Policies are reviewed in line with the changing commissioning requirements of placing Local Authorities

Quality of leadership in and management of school

• Staff in management and leadership roles increasing understand and fulfil their responsibilities and can demonstrate this during monitoring and inspection activities

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;

  • Occupational Therapy

  • Play Therapy

  • Speech and Language Therapy

  • Therapy Assistant

  • 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.

Our Values


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.

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Contact Us


01288 341998

07951 463554 (term-time only)

07765 182948 (evenings, weekends and holidays)

Head Teacher: Vicky Percival





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