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. 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. HYMS, 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.
Similar links exist with Social Services, especially the Disability Team based at Fred Perry House, who can assess children’s needs and give advice and support regarding other services. We have an effective Team Around the School (TAS) that supports children, parents and carers who may require additional support.
If your child is in year 5 or 6 and you are considering a place for your child at our school, please contact Karen Meese, Deputy Headteacher and KS3 Lead, at school to arrange a visit.