Council chief executive receives tour of Highgate Hill House School's facilities

THE chief executive officer of Devon County Council visited Highgate Hill House Special Needs School in Holsworthy on Wednesday, May 17, to see first-hand the excellent facilities and woodland surroundings in which the school is housed.

Phil Norrey enjoyed meeting and chatting with students and staff as well as meeting with the head teacher, chair of the board Julie Smith and Sir Peter Birkett, the ambassador for the school to discuss partnership opportunities.

Highgate Hill House School is a new day co-ed special school for up to only 35 children aged five to 16 years, with social, emotional and mental health needs, including autism. It is on the border with Devon and Cornwall, equidistant from Holsworthy, Bude and Launceston. The school’s motto is, ‘happy, successful students’.

Devon County Council Chief Executive Officer, Phil Norrey visited Highgate Hill House School. He is pictured with headteacher, chair of the board Julie Smith and Sir Peter Birkett, the ambassador for the school.

Sir Pete Birkett said: “I am delighted to champion a school that is providing much needed personalised learning opportunities for very special children. The staff expertise, facilities and surroundings provide the perfect environment for all children to thrive and reach their full potential — I am proud to be associated with Highgate Hill House School.

“The meeting today with Phil was most enjoyable, productive and a welcomed as we move forward together in partnership for the benefit of local children.”

Highgate provides places for children with Education and Healthcare Plans (EHCP) through the Local Authorities. The school also offers full and part-time places for children on the roll of other schools or for children that are home educated.

Individual meetings and tours can be arranged through the schools website, visit for more information.