Castle Hill High School is a special school for students, aged 11 – 19, with significant and complex needs. We currently have 344 students on roll. Our most recent Ofsted inspection in July 2023 judged the school to be OUTSTANDING in all areas.
The school building and learning resources are maintained to a very high standard. Specialist facilities include science labs, a food technology room, a design technology workshop, a vocational centre, computing suites and an art room. Our sports facilities include a multi-use games area, a gym and extensive playing fields. There are indoor and outdoor recreational areas for use before school and at breaks and lunchtimes, including common rooms, a café (breakfast club and tuck shop) and outdoor play/relaxation areas. Our 48 sixth form students have their own purpose-built Sixth Form Centre within the school building.
The school building is wheelchair accessible and has a lift for disabled access to the upper floors. It also has toileting and showering facilities for disabled people.
Students are offered a broad, balanced curriculum which is driven by the needs of students and is enhanced by a range of extra-curricular activities. The latter includes a programme of residential experiences such as Kingswood Outdoor Centre, Lakeside Activity Centre and a 3-day visit to London.
Our Year 7 students come from a wide range of primary schools across Stockport and beyond and this can make the transition to secondary school especially daunting. We therefore have a comprehensive transition programme which generally begins during Year 5 of primary school and includes several visits to Castle Hill for parents and students before admission. Our Year 7 form teachers also visit the students in their primary schools. To facilitate a smooth transition we follow a primary model in Year 7, with form teachers taking the majority of lessons.
From Year 8 onwards students generally follow a mainstream secondary model, with lessons being taught by subject specialists.
In addition to receiving high quality teaching and support from our staff, students are also supported by the regular involvement of a wide range of external agencies including the Education Psychology Service, Services for the Sensory Impaired and the Local Health Trust (speech and language therapy, school nurse, occupational therapy and physiotherapy) and Services for Young People.
Students on the autistic spectrum are supported by our Hub team. We also have a Pupil Support Team, who help students throughout the school in accessing the curriculum.
We have high expectations of our students, striving to engage them in the challenge of learning and helping them to become evaluators of their own learning.
Our fundamental focus is to support and raise attainment and achievement (educationally, emotionally and socially) for all our students.
All students enjoy equality of opportunity, regardless of gender, race, ability, social background etc. Our aim is to provide an education which is relevant and worthwhile, preparing our students for the world of work and ensuring that they leave us as caring young adults who have developed positive attitudes and values and are respectful of others.
If you would like more information or would like to visit the school to see us at work, please contact the school office on 0161 285 3925 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. We believe that education thrives best within a partnership of student, parent and school. Parental contact is actively sought and always welcome.
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