About Us

The Governors, Staff and Students at Highfield School share the vision to develop an outstanding school to cater for those vulnerable young people with special educational needs who require an environment which nurtures and develops their skills and talents, celebrates their individuality and supports them to become as independent as they can be and prepared for the next stage of their lives.

Our recent success in achieving 11-19 status (December 2014) brings security for parents in knowing that when they make the decision to choose Highfield School, this brings long term stability and improves their outcomes as they move into adult life. It is important for us at Highfield School that our young people thrive in an environment where relationships they develop with peers and staff are the foundations for their long term success. Our school motto, “Believe we can achieve”, really reflects the aspirations of our young people and the staff work tirelessly to ensure that every student has experiences that enables them to fulfil a happy adult life within their communities when they leave us. We accept no barriers to learning, hold the highest aspirations and expectations for all our students and receive great support from our parents who are positive about the school and the progress their young people make. We truly believe that no child should be left behind and work enthusiastically with parents to achieve this.

Highfield is a school which caters for students with severe learning difficulties, autistic spectrum conditions, along with associated complex needs. Additionally, a significant number of our learners have needs relating to visual, hearing and speech impairment, social and emotional difficulties, communication difficulties, a range of chromosomal difficulties and in some cases, physical difficulties. All our learners have an Education Health and Care Plan or Statement of Special Educational Needs, and are drawn from the whole of the Wakefield district and beyond. The vast majority of the students are provided with transport to and from school.