A blended approach to mainstream education and SEND provision


Connect is a small, nurturing base which is attached to Heathfield Knoll School in Wolverley. Children who attend Connect benefit from an academic curriculum similar to the main school alongside a programme of study that supports preparation for adulthood such as life skills and social skills.

Connect is somewhere for children who struggle to access mainstream education due to anxiety, sensory difficulties or the need for smaller class sizes with a high ratio of adults to children.

Each child has a bespoke plan with personalised provisions which may include Occupational Therapy, SaLT, counselling or CBT. Regular therapists are used who get to know the children very well. In-house provisions are also available to support dyslexia, autism, cognition and learning and emotional literacy using some well-known published interventions such as Catch-up Numeracy and Literacy, Talk-about, Anxiety Gremlin and more...

Children take advantage of the wonderful grounds of Heathfield Knoll School for walks, outdoor learning and playing in a safe, protected environment.

"Emotional well-being and positive mental health comes before everything else. A child needs to feel happy and safe in their environment so that they can thrive and reach their potential."

Emma White

Assistant Headteacher, Head of Connect & SENCo

“Connect is a small, low-sensory and low-arousal environment to allow pupils who struggle with noise, crowds, bright lights and chaos to thrive in a calm, consistent school where they know what to expect every day.”


We have 4 classes in Connect. Class sizes depend on the cohort as children are grouped according to ability. The maximum number of children in Connect at any one time is 24 (an average of 6 per class.) Within each class, the aim is to have one teacher and one higher level teaching assistant. Extra teaching assistants are often connected to classes to support children who need more individualised support. Every child has a named keyworker.

connect prep

“Connect prep” takes place daily between 3pm and 4pm. This allows children to do some homework or work to reinforce their learning within school rather than at home. Children in Connect are also welcome to access after-school activities from 4pm with their peers from the main school. Activities might include: Cookery, Fitness, Fencing, Drama, Duke of Edinburgh Award (DoE) and much more...


During the admissions process, it is essential to ascertain whether Connect is the right place for your child and vice versa. When making this decision, a panel of professionals within the school consider the needs of the pupil by: 

  • reviewing the paperwork;
  • interviewing/talking to parents (face to face or via Zoom);
  • visiting the child in their current setting and chatting to staff who know them well;
  • spending some time with the child in Connect.


Generally funding is through an EHCP (Education and Health Care Plan), however, parental funding is possible should this be appropriate. 

Education, Health and Care Plans

All children who attend Connect are likely to have EHCPs. However, full parental funding is also possible.


The unit cost of £40,000 includes school fees, lunches, high staff ratios, access to a sensory integration room, up to monthly OT and SaLT.

Additional costs:
Dyslexia interventions
Occupational Therapy and SaLT where more than once per month is required
Uniform and PE kit

Optional extras:
School trips

Connect Base

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Wolverley, Kidderminster,
Worcestershire DY10 3QE
tel: 01562 850204
email: info@hkschool.org.uk

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