At Hidelow Grange School we are committed to providing a nurturing, safe and vibrant learning environment that fosters a love of learning and enables every student to become the best they can be. Respectful and supportive relationships are at the heart of all that we do: we value every member of the school community equally.

We recognise that our pupils bring different experiences, interests and strengths, and we understand these will influence the way they learn. Therefore, we take a child-centred approach to education that recognises and responds to individual need. We celebrate effort and achievements and set high expectations. We are here to help our students learn the skills they need to become successful, motivated and resilient young adults who are fully equipped to make a positive contribution to society.

Many of our students have a turbulent and disrupted educational history. Most have been to a number of schools, have been subject to exclusion, and have struggled to succeed in a mainstream setting. They often have low self-esteem, lack confidence in themselves as learners and are disengaged from education. In addition, the risks presented by their behaviours and inconsistent personal development, have impaired their ability to be integrated into a mainstream setting. Many of our students bring a range of additional learning needs, and some have Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP).

As soon as a young person has been referred to us, we begin a comprehensive baseline and diagnostic assessment to enable us to plan ambitious individual learning pathways that will support our learners to achieve the right outcomes for them. All our students have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) with SMART targets that identify and promote the development of the key areas that are relevant to them as individuals. All staff support the young person in addressing and achieving their targets, and IEPs are reviewed on a termly basis.

Our school is founded on an holistic model that aims to ensure all our young people achieve positive outcomes and realise their potential. This is through the routes to accreditation that we offer, as well as through wider experiences and opportunities within and beyond the curriculum. We strive to ensure that every young person leaves us further along the road to success and achievement. We want all our young people to succeed, and it is our responsibility to ensure that we provide them with support, encouragement and every opportunity to do so.

Branas Isaf operates an integrated model of care, education and therapy underpinned by the Good Lives Model. Hidelow Grange School exists to improve the quality of life of its pupils both now and in their future. It specialises in supporting the Good Lives Model as the underpinning therapeutic model across both care and education for the development of pupils. This approach is supported by the onsite therapeutic team who work closely with our teaching staff.