Hazel Grove High School is one of two secondary schools in Stockport to provide resourced provision to sup-port the inclusion of students who have severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties.
The Resource Base accommodates students across Key Stages 3 and 4 (Years 7 to 11). Students receive full support from a team of dedicated staff.
At HGHS, we believe that our students should learn together. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum that is also appropriate to the physical, emotional, developmental, social and spiritual needs of the individual. With appropriate support, students from the Resource Base work alongside their peers for the majority of the time in Key Stage 3. Some curriculum time is also set aside for small group work based on ability and English and Maths lessons provide valuable opportunities to target very specific learning needs.
We strive to provide individual programmes suited to the specific needs of each student and we pride our-selves on our flexibility. Individual routes are developed for each student which may include therapeutic work, for example speech therapy or physiotherapy, where appropriate. Full support is provided throughout the day although we strive to encourage independence wherever possible.
Wherever possible achievement is accredited, both to celebrate the progress of the students and also to pro-vide evidence of that progress for the students’ futures.
Progress is formally reported in twice-yearly Monitoring and also in the Formal Annual Review with the Special Needs Coordinator. Following the publication of the Monitoring, parents and carers are invited into school to discuss their child’s progress and to look at the work that they have been doing over the year
Each student is placed in one of the four school ‘Houses’.
The school day begins at 8.45am and ends at 3.15pm. There are five one-hour lessons each day with a 25 minute break in the morning and a lunch period of 45 minutes. At break time, the Resource Base students re-turn to the Base for a drink and many choose to bring in a snack to eat at this time. At lunchtime, the students eat in the main dining areas, with appropriate support and then return to the Base for some time to relax with friends. We have an area outside to play.
Our school works extensively with parents and carers and Colleges to support the transition into a Post-16 placement. We work closely with other Children’s Services, both within and outside of school, to benefit the whole child and their family.
We take every opportunity to celebrate the success of our students. On Fridays, students take part in their own assembly in the Resource Base to celebrate the week’s achievements and to award one student with ‘Star of the Week’, in recognition of their exceptional effort or progress over the previous week.