This is a summary of the Local Offer for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) in our school.
High Park is a school for children & young people with Communication and Interaction Difficulties aged 3 to 19 years.
Pupils at High Park are usually withinRange 6 or 7 of the SEN guidance for Communication and Interaction and have autism and/or complex difficulties with social interaction and communication and associated sensory processing needs. We take children from across the Bradford district.
At High Park we deliver a broad, balanced curriculum which is developmentally and age appropriate, tailored to individual pupils’ needs. Child centred planning ensures that the curriculum is interesting, engaging and provides a range of learning opportunities that help foster independence, meaningful and joyful interactions and social communication focused on skills for life.
The curriculum supports the teaching of personalised and relevant life skills through a wide range of experiences with a sensory approach. There is a distinct Post 16 provision and we work closely with other agencies to create a bespoke transition package into adult services at the end of Key Stage 5.
High Park is calm and predictable, with a specific focus on creating a low arousal learning environment with understanding of and respect for our pupils’ sensory needs. Pupils are educated in small groups with high staffing ratios. All classes have direct access to outdoor provision. The SCERTS(Social Communication, Emotional Regulation and Transactional Support) Framework underpins our practice at High Park and develops life-long learning in areas such as Flexibility and Resilience, Sense of Self and Others, Independence and Cooperation.
Intensive Interaction is integral to our unique approach at High Park as it teaches our pupils the fundamentals of effective communication, we use this alongside a range of strategies to facilitate the development social communication and interaction skills.
The school uses a variety of interventions to ensure that the complex needs of the pupils are met and the conditions for learning are appropriately set. These approaches foster trusting relationships which allow pupils to feel safe and develop confidence to meet the challenges of new activities. This also ensures a holistic autism specific approach to positive behaviour support. All our children have Behaviour Support Plans and Communication Passports and staff are skilled in supporting pupils to emotionally regulate, fostering a positive sense of self and others
The High Park staff team is enhanced by input from a range of professionals including three days a week Speech and Language Therapy provision, two aromatherapists, additional Education Psychologist time. CAMHS and Paediatrician clinics are run in school and staff have access to support and advice from the School Nursing Team and our named School Nurse.
We actively encourage families/carers to become involved with their child’s life in school; we hold regular coffee mornings/workshops, sessions for transition planning into adult services, seasonal fayres, parents evenings, Cygnet Autism training and there is a parents’ fund-raising committee.
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High Park School has become the first special school in Bradford to achieve the regionally accredited Inclusion Chartermark.
High Park School was reviewed during March by the Children's Services Inclusion Development Team. The school comfortably achieved Chartermark status. This is the first special school in Bradford to achieve this award.
The reviewers found that the provision, including working with parents and outside agencies, was of very high quality and there was a strong overall culture of striving for excellence. This was particularly impressive given that High Park School is in less than ideal accommodation, split over two sites, separated by 7 miles and is only 2 years old.