Elaine Everett Headteacher
Clive Rockliff Headteacher
We are a special school with provision for students aged 11 – 19 with learning difficulties and complex needs including those with profound and multiple learning difficulties. All students have statements of special needs.
Seven Hills School is an inspirational community, which nurtures talents, shares learning and celebrates life. Students are challenged to achieve their full potential.
Seven Hills School outstanding inspection
Seven Hills School was inspected under section 5 of the Education Act 2005 on the 24th and 25th January 2013 and was judged to be an ‘Outstanding School’.
The achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils, and leadership and management of the school were all judged to be outstanding.
The report states that students’ achievement was exceptional. ‘They make progress at a rapid rate’ and ‘the school’s numerous partnerships with colleges, training providers and the mainstream school with which it shares its site all extend the range of opportunities for students. They add considerably to students’ learning and their personal development’.
The inspection team commented that ‘Students’ behaviour is outstanding. They are very eager to learn and to take part in the many exciting activities the school offers. By the time they leave school, students are confident young adults, prepared outstandingly well for the next stage in their lives'.
Seven Hills students are supported and inspired to develop:
- Courage to stand up for what is right
- Self esteem to follow their dreams
- Determination to keep going even when faced with challenges
- Joyfulness to find the good in the world around them
- Open-mindedness to value differences and to explore possibilities
- Honesty to share their thoughts
- Friendliness to develop positive relationships
- Staff put no limits on learning and build powerful relationships with all students to foster learning and development.
Each student is treated as a unique individual with talents and gifts to be developed, shared and celebrated.
Staff and students learn with and from each other.
Teaching promotes curiosity and enthusiasm, encourages independence and develops confidence for life beyond school.
The school is organized into phases. Phase 1 includes students in year 7 & 8, Phase 2 students in Years 9 &10 and Phase 3 students in Years 11,12 & 13. There is also a Specialist Phase covering all years for those students with the most complex needs who access learning either through a sensory programme, a nurture group or a TEACCH environment. Students in Phase 3 are carefully prepared for transition to college and work placements and may stay for 1, 2 or 3 years.
The curriculum is structured around the Early Years Foundation Stage programmes but at an age appropriate level. There is a very wide variety of learning opportunities in the new purpose built school all encouraging active learning and independence.
As a co-located school the provision is extended so that students benefit from excellent social integration with All Saints Catholic High School. There are also opportunities for students from both communities to experience learning activities in each other's school as appropriate.