Highfield School is committed to meeting the general equality duty under the Equality Act 2010.
Highfield has due regard to the need to:
- Eliminate, discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act 2010
- Advance equality of opportunity between and within groups of learners with different needs and backgrounds
- Foster good relations across groups of learners
Highfield School is committed to reaching the best outcomes for all pupils.
Highfield is a mixed, all age (2-19) area special school. Highfield is an Academy as part of The Active Learning Trust.
All Highfield pupils have a statement of special educational needs for a moderate, severe or profound and multiple learning difficulty, the majority working within the P levels. Many pupils have additional medical, sensory, communication and physical disabilities. Some pupils have difficulties maintaining appropriate behaviour.
On entry all pupils are attaining levels well below those expected for children of a similar age. Assessments from the pupils Education, Health and Care plan process or the child's previous nursery or school setting provides a starting point from which to baseline on entry. This confirms levels of attainment and forms the basis of an initial Individual Education Plan.
The school roll stands at 126, and is at the maximum funded place number. This is slightly above average for a school of this type. The school is going through a period of growth with two new classes being opened in Sept 2015. The population comprises PMLD, SLD, MLD, ASC, BESD and SLCN of which approximately 1/3 are girls and 2/3 are boys. In the last few years we have seen a drop in pupils with MLD and an increase in pupils with medical needs and ASC (around 45% of our roll), especially in the primary years. Pupils are from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds including professional, non-professional and traveller. Some pupils live in affluent areas of the county and some in poor/deprived conditions. Most pupils are entitled to transport with some pupils travelling long distances to attend Highfield. A sizeable minority of pupils travel to school with parents or carers. Many pupils and their families have multi-agency involvement because of the complexity of their identified needs. Many pupils and their families are supported by social services, particularly the provision of regular respite care. There are 8 LAC currently. Our FSM is currently 20% and pupils from ethnic minorities are around 10% (both about average according to our RAISE online).
We aim to meet the needs of all our pupils through our curriculum and through the care, guidance and support we provide to ensure the Equality Duty is achieved. We are required to set Equality Targets and the following have been set following an audit of pupil progress data The targets are set within the our School Plan in relevant areas. Targets are assessed and reviewed half termly through Governing Body meetings.
Progress data for groups of pupils is included in the spreadsheet in this section of the website.
Aims for the coming three years linked to Equalities:
- Develop and consolidate the provision for pupils with the highest needs, including leaners with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties.
- Ensure that our learners are exceptionally well prepared for the next step in the learning or employment, focusing on the development of our work related learning opportunities in Key Stage 4 and Sixth Form, and extending our offer in KS4 to include Level One courses.
- Continuing to track the progress of each pupil and groups of learners, working with the staff team to raise progress where it is not as good as it could be.
- Amend assessment and monitoring systems to reflect the breadth of progress our pupils make, not just on curriculum subjects