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We are an independent specialist school set on the border of Cheshire East and the Peak District. Our vision is a safe, and caring community where there is a passion for learning and mutual respect for all.
Our classrooms are located to enable our young people to feel safe and calm. We aim for class sizes with no more than 5 children. The classrooms are designed and equipped to offer a need for a nurturing environment that meets sensory needs. Each room has access to Wi-Fi with laptops, tablets, desktops, interactive boards, and adjustable sensory mood lighting to enhance and support their school journey.
We use state-of-the art interactive software to support learning, enable research, aid development and for recording the children’s work and progress. Learning programmes such as Accelerated Reader are used. When shielding from extraneous stimuli is required, we have booths available within the classrooms to allow the young people to be shielded from such distraction. Soft play and relaxation areas are present in the classrooms, accessible to our young people throughout the school day.
Sensory boxes with sensory play equipment are available for use at any time.
All the staff working with our young people are trained to support their complex learning and behavioural needs.
We have a specific provision within the school called the 'Rocks Centre' 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 a healthy, happy, safe and secure environment that makes a significant positive difference to the children within our care. We have high expectations of ourselves and our children so we can all reach our true potential. Through our nurturing and therapeutic approach we will enable all our children to leave as successful, valued and independent people.
High Peak is set in 80 acres of land and offers a fantastic range of facilities. As well as traditional classrooms, including specialist teaching areas for design technology, science, art and two specialist, ICT suites, there are a range of sporting and recreation facilities including dance and drama spaces, swimming pool, gym, squash and tennis courts, football pitches and others.
The timetable for each young person is personalised for them. Break times and lunch/dinner times are scheduled to reduce any overwhelming situations for these younger children.
All young people have access to a wide range of clinical input from an on-site Educational Psychologist, a Clinical Psychologist, a Speech and Language Therapist, a School Nurse and a Health Care Assistant.
Our curriculum is personalised around each young person in order for them to have the greatest chance of achieving success and ultimately gaining the skills and qualifications needed for them to move on to the next phase of their life. We work with our young people to support them in understanding routine, structure, enjoying playing games, being able to take turns, form meaningful relationships, develop self-confidence and self-esteem and discover and reignite a passion for learning.