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Highfields is a Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) based in Stockport and has up to 125 full time places for young people aged from 11-16.

As a Pupil Referral Unit, our primary mission is to assess, re-engage and provide a pathway back to school for students who have previously experienced social difficulties, emotional difficulties and/or mental health difficulties. Our core work is summarised by the ‘CREATE’ banner:

Care and Safety
Re-engagement in Learning
Educational Achievement
Access to Holistic Support
Enjoyment of Life Itself

Students at Key Stage 3 (Year 7, Year 8, Year 9) are supported to overcome barriers to learning and will usually return to a mainstream school or be placed in a new school with a fresh start.

Although the onus is on a return to mainstream schooling, students in year 10 and year 11 often remain with Highfields until they reach school leaving age because they are undertaking examination courses and other accreditation which requires continuity. They will often attend Highfields with a personalised package of studies that may involve some time back in a mainstream school and/or a vocational-based placement.

We take referrals from across the Stockport borough – all students are encouraged to grow into positive members of their communities and to become successful Stopfordians.

More about Our Values and Ethos can be found by clicking here.


A message from the Executive Headteacher, Mrs J E Cahill:

Mrs Cahill, Executive Headteacher

Mr Grant, Headteacher

Dear Parents and Carers,

I would like to share with you the interim arrangements at Highfield’s following the retirement of Mrs Hopkins, Headteacher, at the end of the Summer 2018 term.

I have been asked by the Governors and Stockport Local Authority to lead Highfields as the Interim Executive Headteacher to ensure there is continuity in leadership and the education of the students at Highfields. I am currently the Headteacher of The Pendlebury Centre PRU in Stockport and as a National Leader of Education have carried out this role on several occasions for neighbouring authorities.

As part of this arrangement, I have deployed Pendlebury Centre’s Deputy Headteacher, Mr Grant, to work full-time at Highfields as Interim Headteacher – he has substantial experience of Pupil Referral Unit development and day-to-day management.

In anticipation, I am sure you will work in partnership with myself and colleagues, to ensure we provide your child with the best opportunities for them to return to a mainstream school, special school or Post 16 placement.

I believe strongly that working in partnership with parents and carers is important and I value the support you can bring to the table. As much as possible, we have an ‘open door’ with parents and carers – if you have anything you wish to discuss, please feel welcome to contact us on 0161 4067922 to book in a time to meet.
Kind regards,

Janice E. Cahill OBE

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