SEMH and Autism Day School in Cheshire
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Key information

  • Day School
  • Children's Homes for 52 week placements
  • Boys and girls
  • 7 – 19 yrs 
  • SEMH, ASC, ADHD, MLD, Attachment and Trauma
  • Specialist multi-disciplinary team of leaders, carers, therapists and educationalists
  • Functional Skills, GCSEs and ASDAN Work Preparation and Employability Qualifications
  • Clinical Psychology, Educational Psychology, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Psychiatry
  • Specific DBT Therapy pathway led by the clinical team
  • We have a autism specific provision within the school called the Quiet Learning Zone

The school is set on the border of Cheshire East and the Peak District and provides education for children with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs, individuals on the autism spectrum and young people with ADHD, dyspraxia and dyslexia.

Our specialist multi-disciplinary team of leaders, carers, therapists and educationalists work seamlessly together. They teach and proactively support pupils who have been subjected to adverse childhood experiences, including trauma, toxic stress and associated mental wellbeing difficulties, aiming to break the cycle of adversity.

We have a specific provision within the school called the Quiet Learning Zone where we support children and young people who have an autistic spectrum condition including Asperger’s syndrome and those who have communication and sensory difficulties. The environment and teaching approaches are bespoke and tailored to ensure our children and young people thrive and can develop their self-esteem.

High Peak is based in a specially-converted former hotel with 20 acres of land and offers a range of facilities rarely found in specialist educational settings. As well as traditional classrooms, including specialist teaching areas for science, art food technology and ICT suite, there are a range of sporting and recreation facilities including a swimming pool, gym, outdoor multifunction courts, football pitches and others. There are also vocational learning areas such as a beauty therapy, hairdressing and childcare.

The curriculum at the school is designed to take each individual child’s own educational needs into account and maximise their opportunities for success. Children and young people enjoy access to an extensive range of imaginative learning opportunities which capture and sustain their interest such as raptor assisted learning, bush craft and music studio work. We also offer a range of qualifications including functional Skills, GCSE’s and ASDAN Work Preparation and Employability Qualifications.

Our therapeutic approach is embedded in the ARC (Attachment, regulation and competencies) model, which is a systemic trauma informed model. With the ARC model, we aim to integrate attachment principles into a “whole-systems” intervention.  In addition, we use a Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) framework which offers emotional coaching as a key element of our curriculum, to promote emotional wellbeing and resilience.

Find out more about the therapy pathways in our Therapy brochure.

At High Peak School we use Sleuth to analyse and record behaviour and development of our pupils. This software sits alongside our own assessment framework that can measure the progress of our pupils in relation to the essential skills.