Welcome to Secondary

Our Learning Environments for Secondary…

Pupils’ previously learnt skills are used to further develop their education.

  • We have three ‘bases’ within our Secondary environment
  • All bases work together to develop and encourage each pupil’s future outcomes and aspirations.
  • Pupils are provided with encounters and opportunities to explore their future outcomes and aspirations supported by staff in a safe, purposeful and nurturing environment.
  • Pupils are provided with sessions that  ensure their learning environment provides development of academic learning and personal development.
  • Staff work closely within the transdisciplinary School community to ensure knowledge of the pupils is used effectively to provide personalised learning.
  • Pupils’ personal growth of skills, confidence and independence is promoted throughout.
  • Outdoor areas provide opportunity for all pupils to interact and participate in sharing experiences with peers.
  • Outdoor spaces are used as learning areas and include gym equipment and a sensory garden; these are available at all times. Large canopied areas ensure the outside areas are not restricted by weather and access is available throughout the year.
  • Pupils are provided with opportunities to further develop skills out in the community supervised by experienced members of staff.

Starting Humberston Park School in Secondary process….

  • You will already have an EHCP in place which the team at Humberston Park School will have familiarised themselves with.
  • You’ll likely be invited to HPS to have a look around and meet key members of staff.
  • If we are the School for you and we decide we can meet your needs, and we have places available, then we will continue with the admission process, gaining information from you, parents/carers, your current education provider and anyone else that is a key person linked to you, e.g. your social worker / family first practitioner.
  • We’ll ensure that both you and the School have all relevant information needed before starting to enable a smooth transition into HPS.

Preparing your son/daughter for HPS

We understand that choosing the right school for your son/daughter is a big decision.

We’re here to make the transition process in to Humberston Park School as simple as possible.  Our aim from the start is to build a strong relationship with the family and the child.

Experienced staff will ensure your child is happy and content throughout the transition into Humberston Park School.

Once your child’s place at HPS has been confirmed, you’ll be sent a ‘New Starter Welcome Pack’ that includes all the information you require for a smooth and supportive transition into the School.

We believe that clear and regular communication between the School and family is key to success.

For further details please see the Admission Transition Process below.

Secondary Pupil

Admission Transition Process

  1. Consultation between family, Local Authority and HPS
  2. Place Offered [if consultation is successful and our placement criteria are met]
  3. New Starter Welcome Pack sent out: Key Worker and Class Team assigned
  4. EHCP Learning Outcomes reviewed and agreed & ‘My Day’ developed
  5. Stay & Engage Session arranged: meet Key Worker and Class Team Lead – Experience the learning environment
  6. Pre-admission paperwork completed
  7. Health Care Plan set up
  8. Start date agreed
  9. Preparation for transition developed with child, family, current setting and Humberston Park School, including equipment requirements, medication requirements and specific staff training


This meeting/process will focus on everything to do with your child: it is important that their ‘voice’ is heard as well as yours as the parent/carer.

Information gathered during the meeting will help us build a Wellbeing Profile which records such things as the child’s ‘likes’ and ‘dislikes’, parental educational wishes, and also supports any medical care planning and therapy interventions.

As part of this process, experienced members of Humberston Park School staff will visit the child at home and also in their current educational setting to ensure as much meaningful and relevant information is gathered to support a smooth transition to HPS.

Internal transition from Primary into Secondary…

  • Secondary staff work closely with those staff in our Primary phase to ensure all pupils are transitioned ensuring a smooth and settled move.
  • We carry out observations, meetings and will implement any required specialist training for staff to ensure we meet all needs and complexities of each pupil.
  • As a pupil, you’ll have ‘Preparation Days’ to ensure that you are at ease with with any new/unfamiliar staff: we always plan our class changes early and try our best to ensure there are staff who will be familiar to you in your new class/base.

What to expect as a parent/carer…

When your son/daughter enters our Secondary phase, you can expect the following…

  • As a parent/carer you’ll be asked for your consent, giving your son/daughter permission to access exciting learning opportunities, including community visits, online learning and independence opportunities.
  • You’ll be involved in transition meetings as part of the Preparing for Adulthood process linked to EHCP management. (See our transitions process insert link to take you to transition timeline) this   highlights how Humberston Park School and other services work together   to ensure the best start in adult life.
  • At times, you will also be invited to ’open events’ that will provide you with support and knowledge: such events include legal advice from solicitors, social care and health advice from relevant partners we work closely with, and we hope this will empower you to make the right decisions for your son/daughter moving forwards.
  • You will be part of preparing your son/daughter for life beyond Humberston Park School.
Secondary Pupil

What to expect as a pupil…

  • From Year 7, each pupil will be enrolled into a program of study called ASDAN, an accredited / certificated course, as well as continuing their personalised ‘My Day’ provision within their respective Learner Journey. Pupils will participate in learning which focuses heavily on developing independence skills that support them in the future: preparing each individual for adult life to come.
  • Every pupil will have the opportunity to take part in supported work experiences in the School, including office admin work, catering experiences, and premises management.
  • Parents/carers and pupils will have the opportunity to meet employers and be given where appropriate, experience of various job roles.
  • Your views and opinions will be sought to support us in helping to make decisions that impact on further improving secondary provision at HPS.
  • As a pupil, you’ll take part in community inclusion events/visits, shopping at local supermarkets, accessing the local library and being part of online community lessons with other schools.
  • All pupils will have access to/continued support from specialist therapies.

Physiotherapy & MOVE


Complex Health Nursing


Speech and Language Therapy

Therapy delivery: how it works at HPS

A consultative model is used by our Consultant Physiotherapist and Specialist Speech and Language Therapist.

Both therapists have an open referral system in which referrals can be made to each of the services in relation to specific referral criteria. If the referrals are appropriate, the pupil will then receive an assessment and recommendations for therapeutic interventions. The therapy goals and programmes are embedded into class through transdisciplinary working, supporting pupils to access learning. Therapeutic programs are carried out and monitored by class staff as part of the My Day approach. The open referral system supports review and reassessment process.


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Therapy delivery: Transdisciplinary approach

This approach employs working with all those areas involved in a child’s journey: before, during and after their school experience.

Therapy Provision

Our focus is on developing needs-led skills

Children access different parts of the SALT & Physiotherapy provision as required to support their identified skill requirement and outcome attainment.  This means that pupils may access some, all, or a combination of the wide range of interventions for short bursts or on/off periods across their time at Humberston Park School.

As the young person settles in to their new environment they will be embraced into the School-wide Total Communication & Movement for Learning & Life approach.

Our specialist Speech and Language therapist is the Total Communication Solutions Lead and overseas specialist training for staff to ensure that they enable the most positive communication in a person-centred way.

Our consultant physiotherapist is the MOVEment for Learning & Life Lead and overseas specialist interventions and training for staff, to ensure that they enable the most positive and appropriate motor skill development in a pupil-centric way.

All class-based information and assessment forms a rich knowledge base from which, if appropriate, direct specialist assessment can be applied.

Following SALT & Physiotherapy assessment the pupil and family will receive a report outlining small-step targets which will be implemented by the class team.  The aim for every pupil who receives a SALT and/or Physiotherapy assessment is that they will have a clinical evidence-based assessment with clear clinical outcomes from which they can develop their communication and physiotherapy-linked skills.


Speech and Language Therapy

Children’s Complex Health Team

  • Ensure every pupil has a personalised Health Care Plan
  • The CCHT support School staff with pupils’ on-going health and care needs
  • Provide clinical training to staff, and monitor competencies
  • Provide families with information, guidance and advice about other health/care services and resources
  • The CCHT are involved in referral of pupils to other services/agencies, as required
  • They also support pupils’ continuity of care by attending or contributing towards meetings relating to but not limited to, EHCPs, Annual Reviews, CIN and TAF.



Links and useful information for parents and pupils of Secondary…

At Humberston Park School we understand that teenage years can be difficult/challenging for all children; listed below are a couple of the key services we work with to support your son/daughter through these changing times.  For other Useful Information & Contacts click on this link.

Navigo Health and Social Care CIC. Registered in England and Wales.
Company Registration No: 07458926.
Need help now? Call 01472 256 256 or freephone 08081 968442

The Centre4 team is on hand to provide free and friendly support about Benefits, Debt and Money Management, Housing, Employment and much more.


Careers development and support….

At Humberston Park School we believe that high-quality careers guidance is important for all pupils relevant to their needs and cognitive abilities.  It helps address social inequalities by helping children, young people and their families understand the full range of options available to them, and how they can make the most of them.

For more information on our careers offer and programme for pupils at HPS, please follow the link below:

Careers Information & Guidance

Challenging more able pupils in Secondary

Across our Secondary phase we use strategies to challenge the more able pupils that cater to their progressive abilities while considering their unique needs and their likely destinations and/or aspirations, subsequently, fostering their intellectual growth, personal development, and preparation for future pursuits.

  • Project-Based Learning [PBL]: we have the ability to engage pupils in longer-term, transdisciplinary projects that require engagement, problem-solving and collaboration of teams’ inputs, allowing pupils to explore topics in a deeper way and apply their learning in real-world contexts
  • Use of online learning: using more advanced educational software and online courses to provide challenging personalised learning experiences, we can tailor challenges and help pupils explore subjects of interest at their own pace.
  • Inquiry-Based Learning: more able learners can be encouraged via an inquiry-based approach where they generate their own questions, with support as necessary, and seek answers through investigation and experimentation: this helps to foster their curiosity, independence, and a deeper understanding of the learning focus.
  • Advanced Coursework: we are able to offer access to advanced coursework and/or qualifications in subjects where pupils show exceptional ability.  There are always opportunities to collaborate with mainstream schools or online education providers if necessary.
  • Self-Directed Learning: in Secondary, encouraging self-directed learning by allowing pupils to choose their projects, set their own outcomes, and manage their time, supported by staff guidance to help, pupils develop greater opportunities for self-regulation and increased capacity for executive functioning skills.
  • Creative & Performing Arts: offering opportunities in the creative and performing arts, such as drama, music, and visual arts, can provide intellectual and emotional challenges and avenues for developing self-expression.
  • Leadership Opportunities: providing access to leadership experiences through Student Council for example, can challenge pupils, build confidence, and develop leadership skills useful for adulthood and the future.
  • Guest Speakers & Community Groups: inviting guests into HPS to expose pupils to new ideas, careers, and real-world applications of their learning is extremely valuable for our more-able learners.  These experiences can inspire and motivate them to pursue their interests further, whilst also developing complementary skills and collaborative learning.
  • Real-World Applications: at HPS we value connecting learning to real-world applications through world of work opportunities, job shadowing, community projects, or entrepreneurship programs. These experiences can provide practical challenges and insights into potential future pathways.