Welcome to Heaton School



Welcome to Heaton School Website. We are Stockport’s Secondary Special School for  young people with Severe learning difficulties, Profound and Multiple learning difficulties, Autism and Complex Medical Needs. Our students are aged 11 – 19 years.


Our school is well established in the local area of Heaton Moor and is a very strong community of children and young people, families, staff and other partners.


We are committed to providing high quality inclusive education for all our young people within a caring, creative and dynamic environment. From September 2015 there are 97 pupils on roll and we have a Post 16 department for pupils aged 16–19 years.


 In our last Ofsted the key findings were:

“This is an outstanding school. Students are provided for extremely well in a highly-inclusive setting…


They make at least good progress in their academic work and exceptional progress in their personal development and in their preparation for independent life…


The school provides high-quality educational opportunities, especially in the performing

arts, art and design and physical education…


Students enjoy their lessons. They are very keen to come to school. They feel safe and

they behave very well…


Students benefit from teaching and learning opportunities of the highest quality. All staff are extremely committed to the students, their learning and welfare…


The Extended Education Department is outstanding.”


 The learning environment & partner agencies

The school benefits from a wonderful outdoor environment which includes playground equipment, a trampoline, a swing and a multi use games area. In addition we have a memorial garden, orchard and allotment area at the back of school. This gives the students lots of opportunities to take part in outdoor education and we are developing our curriculum this year to incorporate aspects of forest schools.


We have a specialism in performing arts. This is and always has been a strength of the school. This, together with P.E, cookery, community links and work related learning, are areas of the curriculum which students really enjoy and which motivates them to learn and achieve.


The vast majority of our students need input from a team of professionals. The Heaton multi disciplinary team consists of teachers, teaching assistants, individual support workers, and the school nursing service. In addition, there are a team of therapists based on site each week including speech therapists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists, part of their time is focused on supporting children with a diagnosis of autism. There are also peripatetic teachers for pupils with a hearing/visual impairment, and for instrumental tuition. The support of an Educational Psychologist is available when required. CAMHS, a Consultant Paediatrician, continence nurse and dietician also liaise with school and parents. Orthotics clinics also run in school and wheelchair services can see students in school. A specialist dentist visits at least once a year.


Similar links exist with Social Services, especially the Disability Team based at Beckwith House, who can assess children’s needs and give advice and support regarding other services. We help children, parents and carers who may require additional support, to seek assistance from other organisations including, Stockport Cerebral Palsy Society, NHS Stockport, short term breaks providers and Stockport Young People’s Service.


We welcome our new parents and pupils this September and look forward to continued partnership between students, their families, staff and governors at Heaton School. If your child is in year 5 or 6 and you are considering a place for your child at our school, please contact Jude Lomas, Assistant Headteacher and KS3 Lead, at school to arrange a visit.


If you do not find the information you need on our site, please do not hesitate to contact school to find out more. We will be happy to help.


J Chambers-Shirley (Jo)                                                     


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