Highfields Extension (KS3)

 
The Highfields site is split into two separate areas – the Main Building and the Extension Building.
 
Who?
 
The Extension Building has four main groups, made up mainly of Key Stage 3 students (Y7, Y8, Y9).
 
The two first-contacts for this area are:
  • Mrs V. Lewis – Head of KS3 – 0161 406 7922 / vicki.lewis@hip.stockport.sch.uk
When?
 
The Extension Building operates as follows:
  • Start: 9:00am
  • Finish: 1:30pm (1:15 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’.
 
Although students leave earlier than a typical school day, this is to allow time for gradual reintegration / transition to their ‘home school’.
 
What?
 
The aims of area are as follows:
 
  • Provide time-limited support for young people designated as PARE (‘Pupil at Risk of Exclusion’) – with a view to a return to their referring school within 13 weeks.
  • Provide extended support for young people designated as Permanently Excluded – with a view to a fresh start at a new school within 26 weeks.
  • Provide ‘focused respite’ in terms of breaking cycles of conflict, often rooted in high-anxiety and fight responses – particularly where there has been a relatively sudden escalation and short history of behaviour concerns.
  • Provide a smaller yet mainstream-orientated setting whereby a young person with questions around the nature of their needs and roots of their disruptive / aggressive presentation can be placed under a ‘gentle scrutiny’ through observation and assessment.
  • Formulate a programme of mentoring that will make inroads into a young person’s perspective of themselves, others and the value of learning – with a view to this being carried forward by their mainstream school / special school.
  • Provide practical, constructive recommendations to the student’s future school in terms of the work they can carry forward for the young person – with a view to preventing behaviour escalating in the future.
  • Establish / re-establish working relationship between school professionals, family and any outside agencies.
  • In partnership with the referring mainstream school, plan and implement a personalised route back to school.
How?
 
The cohort is split into 4 classes of 8 students (i.e. 32 student places in total), with each fully equipped class having a dedicated teacher and teaching assistant. The centre also has its own ICT room and activity/lunch area, with lunch being provided for all students.

The students follow a specific curriculum which is outlined here: KS3 Curriculum Overview 20 – 21

The curriculum offer is based around a creative / thematic model where students undertake projects that draw upon a range of subjects. The Project carousel at present involves:

Autumn  1 – Mystery and Magic – The Ancient Maya

Autumn 2 – World War 1 – People, Poets and Peace

Spring 1 – To Infinity and Beyond

Spring 2 – Our Blue Planet – Raging Rivers

Summer 1 – Our Green Planet – Mighty Mountains

Summer 2 – Invaders and Settlers (Ancient Romans)

Other detailed summaries of schemes of work for KS3 can be accessed here: KS3 Schemes of Work Summaries. Whilst working towards academic goals (i.e. progression through levels / grades), 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.

Our curriculum at KS3 includes a regular careers input which is outlined here: Careers at Highfields.