High Peak School Cheshire, is registered as a residential special school by the Department of Education. Placements can be flexible, built around the individual needs of the children. In addition to full time placments the school can offer day placements for children and young people who live locally.
The school building is divided up to provide specialist co-ed residential schooling and specialist gender specific residential placements for children and young people aged nine to 18 years. The school also has places within its day school provision for children and young people from the age of seven years, who live locally.
Children and young people who come to High Peak School may be struggling with social and emotional problems with or without mental health difficulties. They may also come because they are challenged by attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia, and dyspraxia or moderate and specific learning difficulties. High Peak School works with children and young people who are on the autistic spectrum disorder including Asperger’s syndrome and those who have communication and sensory difficulties. The school successfully supports children and young people with attachment disorders or those who have been victims of abuse.
Staff at High Peak are trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) in order to help them support the children and young people in both the school and residential setting. The skills learnt have been proven to help adolescents manage difficult emotional situations, cope with stress, and make better decisions. High Peak is of the first English school to adopt a whole school approach to embed the programme into the curriculum. Staff are now trained to skills in mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness using acceptance and change techniques.