The Highfields site is split into two separate areas – the Main Building and the Extension Building.
The Main Building has eight main groups, made up mainly of Key Stage 4 students (Y10, Y11).
The first-contact for this area is:
Ms Fletcher – Head of Year – Y10 and Y11
0161 406 7922 / Email: email@example.com
The Extension Building operates as follows:
- Start: 9:45am
- Mon to Thurs Finish: 2:50pm (2:35 for those students with ‘Earnback’ time)
- Fri Finish: 2:35 (2:20 for those students with ‘Earnback’ time)
Students who don’t receive our ‘Orange Card’ or ‘Red Card’ sanction, can ‘earn back’ up to 15 minutes at the end of the school day. This means they can leave up to 15 minutes earlier, as shown in the bracketed times. Parents/carers can ‘opt out’ of this scheme at admissions meetings or by contacting Highfields – instead we will organise an ‘in-house reward’.
You will note students start later than a typical school day, this is to allow time for those students who travel across the town.
The aims of area are as follows:
> Provide medium to longer-term support for students designated as Permanently Excluded.
> Provide shorter-term support for students designated as ‘Pupil At Risk of Exclusion’ (PARE).
- Provide ‘focused respite’ in terms of breaking cycles of conflict, often rooted in high-anxiety and fight responses.
- Provide an alternative educational environment that will likely lead to more successful outcomes in terms of achievement of GCSEs / qualifications.
- Provide a smaller, specialist setting whereby a young person with questions around the nature of their needs can be placed under a ‘gentle scrutiny’ through observation and assessment.
- Provide a programme of purposeful, personalised learning, mentoring and enrichment that will make inroads into a young person’s perspective of themselves, others and the value of learning – with a view to them making a positive transition to their next educational environment (be that their ‘home school’, a new school or readiness for post-16 provision).
- Establish / re-establish working relationship between school professionals, family and any outside agencies.
- Provide opportunity for more thorough, specialist assessment by Educational Psychologist and/or HYMs alongside EHC Plan referral where appropriate.
- Facilitate and support, in partnership with mainstream schools, a programme of partial reintegration to widen the curriculum opportunities for each young person and maintain their experience of a larger educational environment in preparation for their post-16 transition.
The cohort is currently split into 8 classes of up to 6 students (i.e. 48 student places in total). The building has 4 ‘pod’ areas which contain an annex / shared area alongside 3 classrooms. The building also has specialist classrooms for Science, ICT, Cooking, Design Tech, Art and PE staffed by specialist subject teachers and experienced teaching assistants.
The students follow a specific curriculum which is outlined here: KS4 Curriculum Overview 20 – 21
More detailed summaries of schemes of work for KS4 can be accessed here: KS4 Schemes of Work Summaries. Whilst working towards academic goals (i.e. GCSE grades, Functional Skills qualifications), our curriculum also seeks to develop the whole person through the ‘Character 120’ approach which sees every lesson carry a personal development goal alongside subject goals.
In terms of qualifications available, our ‘What’s in your envelope?’ poster explains what students who stay with us until the end of Key Stage 4 can potentially achieve.
Our curriculum at KS4 includes a regular careers input which is outlined here: Careers at Highfields.