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High Well School

Preparing for Positive Futures

High Well School

Preparing for Positive Futures


Covid-19 Updates September 2020:

Reminder to parents/carers:

If your child presents with one or more of the following symptoms please keep your child at home and book a test.  If you require any support with testing please contact us directly.

  • A high temperature (feels hot to touch on chest or back)
  • A loss or change in what you can normally taste and smell
  • A new continuous cough - this means coughing a lot more for more than one hour or 3 or more coughing fits in a day

Click below to read the latest information on how to access a test in Wakefield

Click below for information on the 'Rule of Six' and social gatherings


September 2020

The academic year starts on Monday 7th September - this will be an INSET day to all pupils.  School will start for the following year groups on the following days:

  • 08/09/20  - Years 7 and 11
  • 09/09/20  - Years 8 and 10
  • 10/09/20   - Year 9

Any pupils in classes of mixed year groups will be contacted directly with their start date.

16/07/2020 - End of year letter for parents/carers.  Click the button below to read:

16/07/2020 - Risk Assessment for parents/carers regarding full opening of schools in September 2020.  Click the button below to read:

16/07/2020 - Updated pupil expectations for September 2020.  Click the button below to read:


Remote learning:


For support or questions with home learning packs or online learning please email:


Staying safe online:

The link below offers top tips on how to keep safe online.  We also have further information available in the Parents/Carers section of the website under Safeguarding:


Follow us on Twitter: @hwswakefield

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is now available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children & social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)



-Welcome to our website.

On behalf of the staff and Governing Body I would like to welcome you to High Well School.

High Well is a special school for pupils aged between 11-16 years with an Education, Health and Care Plan for Severe/Profound Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs (SEMH).   At High Well we aim to prepare every pupil for a positive future.  Our core purpose is to develop our pupils’ academic, social and emotional skills so that each pupil leaves us ready and equipped for further education, employment or training, knows how to keep themselves safe, and is able to contribute to society.

Many of our pupils come to us having experienced disruption to their school life, often from an early age.   At High Well we aim to provide stability and consistency for both pupils and parents/carers in order to overcome barriers to learning through supporting and teaching our pupils how to manage and regulate their emotions and feelings.  Thorough and robust assessment ensures that we identify what each pupil already knows and where there are any gaps in their learning/development.  This allows us to plan to meet individual pupils’ needs and ensure that every pupil makes good or better progress.

We have a fantastic staff team with a range of expertise who are committed to our ethos of Preparing for Positive Futures and work hard to ensure the best possible quality of education for each pupil. 

Our website aims to give you a taster of what High Well is about as well as a range of useful information.  Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you require further information.

Kind regards,

Louise Quinn


Our Rewards

Each month pupils with staff agree a personal target relevant to their social and emotional development.  Progress against the target is recorded and tracked on a daily basis.  If a pupil achieves their target at least 85% of the time they gain a place on the Gold Award trip.  Silver is 75% and Bronze is 65%.  Pupils are involved in making suggestions for Gold and Silver trips.  

Connect with us

Donna Richardson, Business Support Officer
High Well School, Rookhill Road, Pontefract, WF8 2DD
01924 572 100