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Alan the Lamb visits High Peak School for cuddles

Alan the lamb at High Peak

At High Peak School in Cheshire, Mrs Cheetham, one of the Teaching Assistants brought in to the school one of her lambs. Sadly, Alan the lamb lost his mother and was being bottle fed on the farm. Mrs Cheetham thought that both Alan and the pupils would benefit from meeting each other.

Every child in the school and the residential setting came to say hello to Alan, they each had a cuddle and a play. High Peak School pupils have also been hatching their own chicks this term, so they really are getting back to nature in The Peaks.


The trip to Snowdon was organised as part of the Learning Outside the Classroom (LOTC) initiative and took place 8th - 12th May 2017. A total of 8 students (mixed year groups) and 3 staff went on the trip and had an amazing week full of fun and activities during which the students developed existing skills and learnt new ones. They stayed at Rhyd-y-Creuau Field Centre which is a Georgian stone house in two hectares of wooded grounds near Betws-y-Coed in the Conwy Valley, in Conwy county borough, Wales. It was also conveniently close to the mountainous environment of the Snowdonia National Park.

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Here are just some of the activities the students engaged in:

  • Den building – to develop team working skills
  • Pond-dipping
  • Walking expeditions around the lakes
  • Orienteering
  • Football – during social time. Also, played with other schools
  • Setting traps for catching small rodents such as voles
  • Gorge walking
  • And of course, walking up Snowdon in seven and a half hours – definitely something to be proud of.

New Key Stage 1 provision at Arc School Napton

Arc School Napton previously provided education for children in Key Stage 2 but following an extensive refurbishment programme and registering process with regulator Ofsted, the school has now extended its offer for pupils aged between 5 and 11 in Years 1 to 6, one of few such provisions in the country.Smiling young boy

The school, in Napton-on-the-Hill, Warwickshire, offers a specialist environment which benefits children whose educational needs cannot be met in mainstream environments.

Headteacher Adrian Gyles said: “This is a really exciting time. We’ve recently completed a range of refurbishments at the school to ensure the environment can meet the needs of younger pupils.

“The environment is a nurturing one that allows for greater learning through play and activity-based learning rather than the formality of sitting behind tables. Children will be guided through activities which will in turn help them to learn independently.”

The school is currently accepting referrals for the new Key Stage 1 classes – the introduction of which has seen the potential school roll rise from 20 to 35 children. Most of the children referred to the school are out of education or already in a specialist teaching environment.

Adrian said: “We have a very child-focused admission procedure to make sure we are the best place for the young person and that we can meet their needs. Referrals come through the local authority and we will assess to see if we think we can meet the child’s needs. If we can, the child and their parents will be invited to come along to the school for a visit.”

“That can take whatever form is needed to make the child comfortable. We’ve had children visit who are extremely school-phobic, for example, so we introduce slowly and can arrange second or more visits if need be, to help the young person get used to the school, the staff and ultimately the other children. It’s very bespoke to their own individual needs.”

If a child is going to come to the school, the team will also go out for a home visit to chat to parents and others about the child’s likes and dislikes and to show school picture books, team photographs and other materials to help introduce the young person to the school.

Adrian said: “We’re all very much looking forward to welcoming children from Key Stage 1 to the school. The older children are looking forward to being mentors and the leadership and learning opportunities that this will bring for them.”

For further enquiries please contact Adrian Gyles, Head Teacher at Arc School Napton:

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Arc School Old Arley celebrates year 11 early success!


At Arc School Old Arley, the year 11s have been taking the ECDL ICT course which would give them the equivalent of a GCSE qualification. Students are required to pass 4 exams to complete the course. Harry has really taken this on board and put in lots of his own time to get the results he wants. He has accessed revision websites and videos to help him with the revision of the exam questions and was extremely delighted to find that all his hard work paid off. Harry has secured a Distinction* which is equal to a GCSE Grade A*. The rest of the Year 11s are also on the way to completing this course with good results. Well done Harry!!!!

Sporting Excellence at Wings School Cumbria

We just want to say to all the pupils who partake in our wide and varied sporting opportunities “well done”.  Here you can see what they have been up to recently, sailing, badminton and hockey to name a few.  Alongside their classroom and outside learning these help make up a really diverse and enjoyable curriculum which meets the needs of each individual pupil.

Wings Cumbria Sports

Art Mag May 2017

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Welcome to Art Magazine, we hope you enjoy seeing the great work our young people have created.

The magazine is designed to be a celebration of the art work and creative talents of young people across the schools.

The creative ability, perseverance, imagination and sheer enjoyment of art that our young people show never ceases to amaze.

Enjoy this showcase of their work. Download a pdf brochure here OR click the image below to open a flipbook.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 at High Peak School

The staff and pupils at High Peak School in Disley have put together a display to help promote positive mental health within the school. The aim is to get pupils talking about the taboo surrounding mental health and teaching them who they can speak to in times of need. The display is a combination of information and resources to help support the pupils at High Peak.

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