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Castle Hill High School offers a broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated curriculum.  The school’s Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Policy underpins practice and is reviewed annually.  Central to all we do are positive partnerships with all stakeholders but particularly between students, staff and parents. 

All students who attend Castle Hill have an Education Health & Care Plan.  Applications to the school are made through the Local Authority Statutory Assessment Team.  All advice-givers will have supported such a request.  The final decision is made after consultations between the parents, child, school and Local Authority.  If all agree then a place is offered. 

For further information about admissions, please contact your loacl authority EHS reviewing officer.

Contact details for Stockport's Statutory Assessment Team are:

specialeducation@stockport.gov.uk

0161 474 2525

 

Transition arrangements for 2021 

Below is an outline of the transition arrangements for 2021. If you would like further advice or support then please get in touch, you can call the school office on 0161-2853925 and ask for Ciara Nellis, or email ciara.nellis@castlehill.stockport.sch.uk

February 2021: The Local Authority will finalise all placements at Castle Hill and will send out final Education, Health and Care Plans with Castle Hill named within section I.

March 2021: Parents/carers will be sent a welcome pack if their child has a confirmed place at Castle Hill. This welcome letter names Ciara Nellis (KS3 SENCO) as the main point of contact who will oversee transition. The letter will detail key dates in the transition process, however, these dates may be subject to change dependent on the Covid-19 situation. Ciara Nellis will contact all pupils’ current schools and transition information will be shared.

April/May 2021: All parents of those children with a confirmed place will be contacted individually by school and the transition plan will be explained in more detail.

22nd May 2021: Year 6 parents/carers will be invited to bring their child for a Covid Safe tour, this will run in place of our annual New Intake Open Morning. We will run appointment only tours so that parents and children can explore their new school and staff can answer any questions directly.

June 2021: A copy of the induction brochure will be sent out along with a number of new intake forms, and the new ‘Welcome to Year 7’ video will be made available on the school website. We also hope to be able to offer our Parent Information Evening, however, with the restrictions for June currently unclear we will share further information nearer the time. If this event can go ahead, this will be an opportunity for parents/carers to meet key school staff along with representatives from a number of other agencies including the speech and language team, the occupational therapy team, the school nurse, SEN transport and uniform stockists. We are also hopeful that the year 7 team will be able to visit the pupils in their own schools before the end of June, but again this will be linked into each feeder schools Covid guidance/risk assessments.

Early July 2021: Dependent on Covid-19 guidelines, students will be invited to attend a transition morning in school during which they will meet their new form teacher and their new classmates. This will hopefully be held on Thursday 8th July from 10.00-12.00.

Late July 2021: Pupils will receive a letter from their child's form teacher with a copy of their timetable for September.

September 2021: Pupils will be greeted on their first day by their form teacher. Form teachers will contact parents during the first week to discuss how their child is settling in and explain ways in which they will keep in contact throughout the year.

 

Information for prospective parents (entry 2022 and beyond)

 

Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions, we continue to be unable to allow visitors onto the school premises during the school day. We are aware that this will prove very challenging when making your choice for your child’s future placement. The school website offers lots of information about the general running of our school and our prospectus (link below) should answer some of your initial queries. We have also compiled a list of frequently asked questions which parents ask on their initial visit to our school.

If you would like further advice or support, or would like to discuss the option of a visit, then please get in touch by calling the school office on 0161-2853925 or email ciara.nellis@castlehill.stockport.sch.uk

School Prospectus

Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a link to a virtual tour which was created for our year 7 intake as part of their transition last year. It will give you some insight into what our school offers but is a video aimed at pupils. You will see the key areas of learning as well as the areas used for unstructured time. Please click the link below should you wish to have a look at the school in more detail.

Castle Hill - The Tour