School Key Information
We are an independent, co-educational school for children with special educational needs, aged 5 to 16 years. We are based on the Devon/Cornwall border just outside of Whitstone, Holsworthy in a peaceful, countryside setting, and pride ourselves on the unique, enjoyable learning experience that we offer our students.
All the children and young people at Highgate Hill House School have additional and complex needs.
They may have a Statement of Educational Need (SEN) or an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP), and their primary need will be Social, Emotional and Mental Health (previously BESD).
Our students are placed mainly in partnership with Devon and Cornwall Local Authorities and fee-paying parents, and we are within easy reach of Launceston, Holsworthy, Bude, Okehampton, Tavistock, Bodmin and the surrounding areas.
We welcome both full-time and part-time students on a day basis, and our DfE number is 878/6065.
Our Headteacher is Gina Wagland.
Highgate Hill House School had its first Ofsted inspection in October 2017, during which the school’s overall effectiveness was judged as ‘good’.
The school was judged across four main areas:
Effectiveness of Leadership and Management
Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Personal development, behaviour and welfare
Outcomes for pupils
Our School was graded ‘Good’ in all four areas.
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Highgate Hill House School received a ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) Regulatory Compliance Inspection in March 2020.
The report confirms that our school is compliant, having met the standards, and no further action is required as a result of this inspection.
We have an amazing school full of facilities which provide a safe, fun and caring learning environment for all students. For more information on our facilities, please contact us or book a tour.
School Uniform is an essential part of the ethos of Highgate Hill House School to promote a school identity and a sense of belonging, promote equality and avoid identification of socioeconomic background and encourage pride in pupils' appearance.
Provided by Parents / Carers
(please label as much of your child’s belongings as possible):
• Black or dark grey trousers, shorts or skirts (to the knee)
• Black shoes (closed toe, suitable for walking and playing)
• Dark socks or tights
• Training shoes suitable for sports
Other school uniform requirements - assistance may be available depending upon individual circumstances
• School polo shirt (x3) Green school cardigan or sweatshirt (x2)
• Green outside fleece (x1)
• Outdoor waterproof coat (x1)
• School bag (x1)
• Sports Kit
• White T-shirt, blue shorts or tracksuit trousers, blue tracksuit top
Our school menu is on a 2 week rota, with a meat and vegetarian option each day. We can cater for food allergies, intolerances, and aversions. Children can also choose to eat lunch in their classrooms if they prefer not to eat in front of others.
On each day there is the alternative of a sandwich or baguette. Please see below a sample menu:
Mealtimes are a very important social and community part of our day, with children helping to prepare lunch and sharing what they've helped to prepare with their peers.
As well as learning the importance of a healthy, balanced diet, they learn very important life skills that they can take with them into adulthood. Our children have helped to create a kitchen garden, and students have the opportunity to take part in our ‘field to plate project’, where they grow fruit and vegetables, which they then prepare as part of our community meal times.
At Highgate Hill House School we believe that eating a healthy, balanced diet is important for everyone and that children in particular need to receive all of the necessary nutrients for growth and development. A healthy diet can stabilise energy, sharpen the mind and improve mood - allowing children to maximise their potential both inside and outside of school.
All students will receive a nutritious and well-balanced meal as part of their school day, which they eat together.
Does your child have special dietary requirements or food allergies?
Make sure you notify us in writing. Advise us which foods can be given as alternatives, e.g. gluten or dairy free, ones to be avoided and any triggers.