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  • High Grange School
    Hospital Lane
    DE3 0DR
  • Head: Mr G Spicer
  • T 01332 412777
  • F 01332 412778
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A special independent school for boys and girls aged from 8 to 19. Type of SEN provision: ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder; Aspergers; Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders; Dyscalculia; Dyslexia; Dyspraxia; English as an additional language (EAL); HI - Hearing Impairment; Mental health; MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty; MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment; PD - Physical Disability; SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Derbyshire
  • Pupils: 44
  • Religion: None
  • Fees: £76,500 - £99,555
  • Open days: open evenings are scheduled once a term
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Pupils have personalised spaces in their form classroom then move to different subject specialist areas and teachers. However lots of flexibility around this - 'Some students struggle with the sensory element of going into food tech, but we can bring food tech to them’. Drum kits in rooms throughout school are used as both a learning tool and to self-soothe. The schools' investment in £10,000 worth of professional music recording equipment in its own sound booth reflects the its commitment to music. Visits from celebrities are used to support student aspirations with one student given the opportunity to meet footballer Phil Neville then inspired to take a sports apprenticeship. Boxer Chris Eubank has also visited to talk to students about self-control ...

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What the school says...

Gavin has eighteen years’ experience of working in a SEN schools setting with children and young adults with Autism. Gavin Spicer qualified as a secondary PE and History teacher in the year 2000 from The University of Birmingham having previously completed his BA joint Hons degree in Sport and history at Edge Hill University. Gavin began his career as a specialist secondary Physical Education and modern history teacher. Gavin realised that special educational needs would be his chosen field in education and that he wanted to dedicate his career in that field. He has always been passionate about making a difference that impacted on ‘changing lives’ rather than focusing upon predominatly academic outcomes. Gavin was head of department in his second year of teaching and then became a senior teacher and part of his previous school’s senior leadership team after three years in education. He was identified as one of the Priory’s ‘emerging education leaders’, he completed his 8 - month course to qualify as an 'emerging leader' within the Priory Group. Whilst part of his previous school’s leadership team he was able to support the principal and head teacher to take the school to ‘outstanding.’ At his previous school he had responsibility for managing the school’s expressive arts department and lined managed the whole faculty. In February 2011 he moved to High Grange School as deputy head to Marisa Kelsall. He played a major role in setting up the school, devising the educational curriculum, recruiting staff and equipping the school to open in September 2011. Gavin has had the privilege to support the previous principal or lead the school through four Ofsted inspections all of which High Grange School has been judged ‘good’ overall.’ The school’s most recent inspection in November 2019 the school was judged ‘outstanding’ in the area of personal development, behaviour and welfare. The school was good in all other areas.
Gavin in 2013 was made head teacher of High Grange School and was acting principal for the academic year 2016-17. In September 2017 he was successful in being appointed principal of High Grange School. Gavin is also designated safeguarding lead; intermediate and advanced team teach trainer. He is passionate about High Grange School and takes great pride in the school’s ethos enabling the students and young people to ‘enjoy’, ‘develop’, ‘grow’ and ‘achieve’. The school has had great success over a sustained period in helping students and young people with autism achieve their full potential. Gavin is passionate and committed to the students, families, professionals and young people that attend or are associated with High Grange School. He feels privileged and fortunate to lead an outstanding team who work tirelessly to obtain positive outcomes for all young people ensuring they are given every opportunity to succeed and obtain the skills to live an ‘enriched’ life leading into adulthood and independence.
Gavin Spicer interest include; football, golf, swimming, attending the gym, dog walking on Cannock Chase, Peak District and Lake District. He supports Coventry City football club.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2017, Gavin Spicer. Steeped in SEN for 19 years, initially teaching PE and modern history. Previously at Horizon School (now known as Rugeley school) for ASD and severe learning difficulties. Quickly identified as an emerging leader and nominated onto Priory Group's fast track programme, supporting the school to outstanding. Joined High Grange early 2011 as deputy head and was part of the senior management team responsible for developing and setting up the school ready to open in September 2011. Says he feels fortunate to work at High Grange as they make such a difference to students' and families' lives. Regular visits from ex-pupils are the norm.

Spicer plays football with students every lunchtime without fail - ’there is none of this SMT sitting behind the desk stuff here’. It...

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Special Education Needs

High Grange School is a specialist school for children and young people with autism spectrum condition (ASC or also referred to as ASD) and associated learning, communication, sensory and behavioural difficulties. High Grange School provides day and residential education and care for children and young people with ASC . The school offers flexible day and residential placements from 38 to 52 weeks for boys and girls with ASC between the ages of eight to 19 years. High Grange School is a purpose -built ASC school, with a low eco-footprint and is situated in a safe and tranquil, semi rural setting with excellent transport links. The school has been specifically designed to address the needs of children and young people with ASC and its environment provides the security, structure and predictability in which they can grow and learn. We make use of current research and evidence based practices to develop a highly individualised timetable which will include a wide range of academic and vocational study, therapy, offsite education and enrichment activities. The school has a primary school style model between the ages of eight and 14 years that allows for a nurturing approach to help children settle and grow into the school. The school has an extensive curriculum with a wide range of specialist teachers who can deliver a specialised programme of study tailored to individual student needs. In post-14 and post-16 students have the opportunity to access a secondary style curriculum that offers accreditation at entry level, functional skills, BTec, GCSE and A level. The school also has a strong multi-disciplinary team which includes speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, clinical psychology, full time parent liaison officer and full time school nurse, a trained counsellor, pastoral teacher, a specialist dyslexia and dyscalculia tutor and a therapy assistant. The school has excellent modern facilities with specialist rooms for art and design, food technology, design technology wood and metal, science, ICT and music. The school sports facilities include a large gymnasium (sports hall), fitness suite, indoor swimming pool and outdoor areas including a new multi- purpose astro-turf.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment Y
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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