Specialist school ready to open in Disley

High Peak School. Principal David Glaves
High Peak School. Principal David Glaves

A new specialist school in Disley, the result of a multi-million pound scheme to convert a 100-bed hotel, will open its doors to pupils shortly.

High Peak School, which is awaiting the go-ahead from Ofsted to open, will provide residential education for children aged nine to 18, with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

It replaces the Moorside Grange hotel and spa, which closed down in January 2013. Plans for the Mudhurst Lane building were conceived by the Kedleston Schools group three years ago.

Employing 40 staff, it can cater for up to 50 pupils in total, of which 26 will be boarders.

The private independent school will care for children in groups of four or eight children, admitted via referrals from local authorities from as far as Cheshire West, Trafford and Stockport councils.

Facilities include a swimming pool, gym, dance studio and squash courts.

Principal David Glaves said: “I have a great deal of experience of working with different groups of challenging young people and at High Peak we will provide exceptional educational opportunities for those young people who have not had their specific needs met in a mainstream environment. I am confident that the provision at High Peak will be among the very best in the country. The school’s facilities are second to none and I’m very much looking forward to working with my new team to provide a safe, happy and caring environment for those young people who need it the most.”