Welcome to Highfield School. We are a local maintained school providing education for pupils with severe learning needs. Our pupils come from all over the Wakefield area and some from further afield, to benefit from our specialised teaching, excellent pastoral care and the wide range of specialist support services and interventions we provide through our curriculum offer.
Our ambition is to ensure that every pupil is well prepared for the next stage of their education and for adult life, be that finding meaningful employment, continued education, supported or independent living.
At Highfield school we provide a student-centred curriculum, delivered in an inclusive environment. Students develop their communication, independence and social skills to make good or better personal progress towards their EHCP outcomes. We prepare them for the responsibilities and experiences of adult life, building resilience opportunities throughout the curriculum.
Our school vision statement ‘maximising potential for confident and independent futures,’ is embedded through our six-strand curriculum across four pathways in year 7 to 11. These are, semi-formal, formal and blended and SCERTS.
The SCERTS curriculum pathway introduced in September 2022.
SCERTs is a comprehensive intervention model for students with autism and their families.
The acronym stands for:
‘SC’ – social communication
‘ER’ – Emotional regulation
‘TS’ – Transactional support.
To find out more about our SCERTS pathway please look our curriculum section of the website.
In Post 16 we have three pathways which are, Moving on, Futures and City Futures, which was introduced in September 2022.
To find out more about these including intent and implementation please click onto our curriculum.
Our commitment to the students:
• To make sure that doors are open to you because we want you to have a life full of choice.
• We will make sure our excellent teaching means that you will make the very best you can achieve. This will open some of the biggest and heaviest doors. These doors take time, patience, effort, trust and resilience, but we promise to help you and support you and you will find the way through.
• We will put you at the centre of all we do, so you can be the best you can be, confident, happy, independent and resilient, leading your best life.
• You will be confident, resilient and committed students who take pride in your achievements. Your achievements will be celebrated and your interests will be harnessed effectively.
We achieve these through our agreed shared core values which are:
We hope you find this website useful, please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like further information.
Rebecca Thompson - Head teacher
Annette Netherwood - Chair of Governors