Welcome to High Grange School

High Grange is a Specialist School for young people aged 8 – 19 who have Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and associated learning, communication, sensory and behavioural difficulties. Students may have challenging behaviour as a result of features of their ASD such as a lack of social understanding, inflexible thinking or inability to regulate their emotions in certain environments or social situations.

High Grange School is located in a safe and tranquil, semi-rural setting on the outskirts of Derby with excellent links to the A50, A38 and M1. We are just 1.5 hours from London on the train.

The school offers full and part-time day and residential placements, including flexible placements and outreach packages, from 38 to 52 weeks a year. Our registered Children’s Home has six modern houses on-site which provide spacious yet homely living for up to 36 students.


Welcome Message           

From the conception phase through development and to the opening of High Grange School, our passion has been to develop an excellent, state of the art day and residential school for the children and young people in our care. 

Our School has now been open since September 2011 - 5 years and during this time it has grown from strength to strength. 
We have developed into an engaging community where children are recognised as individuals and are encouraged to take part in the broad and balanced curriculum that the school has to offer.

Our personal aim is to make you and your child’s association with the school a happy and beneficial experience.  I will take pleasure and pride in welcoming you personally to the school. I will take the time to listen to you and discuss what you and your child are looking for, before taking you on a tour of the facilities we have to offer, meeting our children and staff along the way.

This, I hope, is the foundation of a mutually rewarding relationship, which will lead to a successful, positive and enriching education for your child.

I look forward to meeting you.        

Gavin Spicer - Principal


About High Grange School

The school has been specifically designed to address the needs of children and young people with ASD and its environment provides the security, structure and predictability in which they can learn and grow.

Admissions to the school follow an initial Assessment Placement of up to 3 months, during which time multi-disciplinary evaluations and decisions on the school’s suitability for the student are made.

We make use of current research and evidence-based practices to develop highly personalised programmes of education, therapy and care which are integrated into each student’s Individualised Learning Plan. We aim to provide the best facilities and education for students with ASD, and we offer a wide range of activity programmes for the young people in our care. We put the child at the centre of our approach and focus on the personal development of each individual within a framework that nurtures self-confidence and self-esteem across the waking-day curriculum. Please click here to view our local offer.


Our Ethos

High Grange School provides a specialised environment and opportunities for students with ASD to enjoy, achieve, grow and develop the skills they need in order to live as independently as possible, make real life choices and lead enriched and happy lives.


Desired Outcomes


At High Grange School Students will…


  • Learn how to cope with their anxieties and manage their behaviour.
  • Develop and use strategies for effective everyday living and interactions.
  • Develop their life-skills and independence.
  • Become empowered to make their own choices in life.
  • Gain National Qualifications.


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High Grange School Facilities - Teaching, Residential and Sporting

  • Teaching
  • Classroom
  • School
  • Swimming Pool
  • Residential Accomodation
  • Sensory Integration Room
  • Canteen
  • Lunch
  • IT suite
  • Teaching
  • Wall display
  • Teaching
  • IT Suite
  • Quiet Area
  • Music facilities
  • Residential facilities
  • Gym
  • Residential facilities

Education is provided in a purpose built, spacious, eco-friendly school building.

School accommodation includes large airy classrooms, gymnasium, fitness suite, indoor swimming pool, IT suite, science lab, art and music rooms, food technology room and outdoor sports facilities.

The school's residential facility offers modern, home-style living accommodation for up to 36 children in 6 attractive houses within the school grounds. Each residence is surrounded by lawns with comfortable seating areas and recreational facilities.

High Grange specialises in Autism and Behaviour Management and makes use of the latest techniques and philosophies to deliver highly personalised programmes of education and care.

Full and part time residential placements, and day and extended day placements are available to suit individual requirements.

High Grange's on-site Assessment Centre offers children an on-going assessment of need for up to 3 months, carried out by an experienced multi disciplinary team, including Behaviour Management specialists and Speech and Language Therapists.

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