Upper School

Heathlands Upper School is a strong and vibrant department for over 50 students aged 11-16.

A broad and balanced curriculum is provided which is challenging and stimulating. Expectations are high for each pupil to achieve their potential. KS4 students have access to a full GCSE programme as well as a range of entry level, BTec and functional skills programmes. Classes are small with pupils grouped according to ability and the curriculum adapted to suite differing learning needs.

All staff have skills in sign language and a Total Communication approach is used combining signing, speech, listening and lip-reading. The development of pupils’ language and communication is at the centre of all teaching and learning. Speech and Language therapists work in close collaboration with teachers of the deaf and other staff to ensure that every pupil’s communication needs are addressed. All classrooms offer optimum acoustic conditions for supporting listening.

Heathlands Upper School pupils have recently moved into refurbished accommodation which has been designed to meet the learning needs of deaf pupils. In addition to subject classrooms there are specialist areas e.g. for the delivery of Art, Science and Technology. Every room is equipped with up to date ICT equipment including interactive white boards, digital visualisers, internet connection, DVD players and other equipment to enable the most effective visual presentation for teaching. Pupils also have access to well-equipped computer suites as well as class sets of laptops.

Heathlands is an inclusive school such that all members of the school community are encouraged to be active participants. The school collaborates with other local schools to provide an enriched social and academic experience through shared projects and learning opportunities.

Heathlands aims to promote an attitude of lifelong learning, respect for diversity and celebration of achievement. Pupils are offered various extra-curricular activities and clubs. They are fully involved in the life of the school and the school council is active and enthusiastic.


Upper school covers students from Year 7 to Year 11.  Our prime objective is to enable each individual to develop his or her maximum potential through a stimulating and challenging curriculum. Enhanced staffing has been made available to enable small class groups to be organised to provide distinct learning pathways in order to ensure all …


Students in upper school and lower school have dedicated reading time every day, with many following the Accelerated Reader programme and others using the Oxford Reading Tree scheme. Accelerated Reader is a programme that encourages students to read for enjoyment with motivational quizzes that are taken after reading each book.  The Accelerated Reader book levels …

Assessment & Feedback

How do we monitor students’ progress and check they are on track? Robust assessment procedures and good quality feedback play key roles in helping students to improve and progress.  In Upper School there are specialist teachers for all subjects of the National Curriculum and good teacher/ student ratios.  Small teaching groups ensure that teachers know …

Speech Therapy

Heathlands pupils follow a speech an Language Therapy programme called  “Live English” which is jointly delivered by the speech and language therapy team and Heathlands teaching staff.  This work supports and links successfully with areas of the PSHE curriculum followed by our pupils. The focus of this innovative and exciting approach is on communication for …


Heathlands has a Total Communication Policy which recognises the importance of varied and individual communication approaches to support each child’s learning. For many this will include the effective use of hearing aids and cochlear implants to develop listening skills. Qualified teachers of the deaf have specialist training in helping children learn to use and manage …

Home Learning

Home learning is seen as one of the principal ways of supporting student achievement. Through home learning we aim to: Encourage and develop self-discipline and skills in planning and organising time Reinforce, extend and consolidate work done in class Involve parents and carers as partners in education Prepare students for tests and examinations Further challenge …


Click on the link below for extra curricular clubs available to Upper School students.

Useful Websites

Useful Websites to support learning in subject areas: (Click on the subject area to see the suggested websites) English Maths Science History Geography RE Technology Art PSHE PE Current Affairs/news General Resources English and Literacy resources http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/wordsandpictures/phonics/sandcastle/flash/game.shtml http://www.kidzone.ws/phonics/index.htm http://stripgenerator.com/ http://www.theliteracyclub.com/kids.html http://www.filmstreet.co.uk/default.aspa?flash=tt http://www.naturedetectives.org.uk/schools/ http://www.primaryresources.co.uk/english/english.htm http://myths.e2bn.org/create/ http://kmi4schools.e2bn.net/rostra/news.php?r=1&t=2&id=14&lr=20 http://www.kwarp.com/portfolio/grammarninja.html Maths Resources http://www.mymaths.co.uk http://www.mathsisfun.com/ http://www.mathszone.co.uk/ www.onlinemba.wsu.edu Science resources http://www.growingschools.org.uk/?id=37 …

E-safety Upper School

Click on the links below for E-safety information. www.heathlandscomputing.co.uk/esafety