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  • High Grange School
    Hospital Lane
    Mickleover
    Derby
    Derbyshire
    DE3 0DR
  • Head: Mr G Spicer
  • T 01332 412777
  • F 01332 412778
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.highgrangeschool.co.uk
  • 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: No
  • Local authority: Derbyshire
  • Pupils: 53
  • 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...

High Grange School is a specialist school for children and young people with autism and associated learning, communication, sensory and behavioural difficulties, 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.
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What The Good Schools Guide says

Principal

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 and associated learning, communication, sensory and behavioural difficulties, 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
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic
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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