Highfield School is an area community special school catering for children from a wide area in Cambridgeshire. Places are offered to both girls and boys within a 2-19 year age range. All of our pupils have Education, Health and Care Plans, which will identify a significant and complex learning difficulties. Some may have associated behavioural problems, physical disabilities, sensory, communication or medical needs. Highfield is a popular school which enjoys a very good reputation in the county. The school is situated on the edge of the City of Ely in Cambridgeshire. It occupies large and attractively landscaped grounds and is in very close proximity to Ely College and The Lantern Primary School. These two schools, Highfield and six other local schools form ‘The Ely Schools Partnership’. We enjoy very good relationships with our partnership schools. We all benefit from each others expertise, experiences, facilities and resources, working together to support inclusive practices across the partnership.
The school is in spacious accommodation that includes specialist teaching rooms: Hall/gymnasium, food technology, science/technology, art, music, ICT, multi-sensory, soft play and sound/light room. Visiting therapists have their own suite including offices and therapy rooms. We have three minibuses, which enable pupils to access educational visits to various places including the swimming pool, leisure centre, riding stables, work related learning placements and college course at Cambridge Regional College.
The school is organised into four main departments: Early Years and Key Stage One, Key Stage Two, Key Stage 3, and Key Stage Four and Sixth Form. Classes are small, staffed by a teacher and sufficient teaching assistants to ensure good staff to pupil ratio. Our most recent OfSTED report in October 2014 said ‘Teaching is good, with an increasing amount that is outstanding. The teaching of English and mathematics is strong throughout the school.’
We aim that our learners are confident, happy and achieve to the best of their ability. OfSTED reported ‘Behaviour and safety are outstanding. Pupils enjoy learning and apply themselves exceptionally well. They feel very safe in school and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent.’
We are committed to improve the work of the school and welcome the support provided by parents, staff, governors and partners across a range of services. OfSTED said ‘The headteacher provides outstanding leadership and there has been significant improvement in teaching and pupils’ achievement since the previous inspection.’
Ethos and Values
At Highfield School we strive to provide a supportive, safe, nurturing and rich environment that ensures the best possible progress for all our learners. We celebrate the small and large steps of progress our learners make. We continually review and develop our provision to meet the changing needs of our school population. Communication, social and emotional needs are central to providing an outstanding level of provision. We aim to provide a fun, child centred and flexible curriculum that teaches skills for life and sets learners up well for their future.
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