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OUR CORE LIFE SKILLS CURRICULUM
Our enterprise activities are based on creating fun, stimulating and engaging activities. These easily be adpated for use across the school.
Highfurlong School is very alert and sensitive to the concerns of its learners, parents and the community. I t has developed amazing strength from its high quality collaborative work as illustrated in its excellent network of partners. From this strong communication process, the whole school, its robust teams and talented individuals are able to very competently lead change that benefits everyone concerned. By initiating and leading the change narrative ahead of the curve, Highfurlong has developed a highly trained, expert workforce that has positively impacted upon national, regional and local initiatives. This process is built upon developing emotional intelligence and a resilient listening organisation that acknowledges diversity and a range of views. From this, Highfurlong skilfully builds alignment and commitment to initiate successful strategies in a the fast changing world that we now deliver education in. Students are facilitated to advocate a compelling future that meets their needs. Parents and external agencies such as charities, businesses and government agencies are co-opted and enrolled in this process. This is driven by empowering individuals and teams to move forward with a sense of urgency. Highfurlong has structures, systems and processes in places that systematically create a powerful support ethos. This has been recognised by a wide range of national kite marks: Gold IIP, Teaching Awards, Ofsted, ICT Excellence Award and leading national initiatives such as 'The National Year of Communication.'
We provide exceptional PE and sport.
SEF Information Change Plan Pupil Premium
Highfurlong supports the Olympics
The current staff workforce includes:
Acting Headteacher – Rosie Sycamore
2 Assistant Headteachers – Cherryl Drabble, Joanne Martin
28 Special Support Assistants (from levels 1 to 4)
1 Office Manager
1 P/t Secretary
1 Site Supervisor
1 P/t Speech & Language Therapist
1 Cook & 1 Kitchen Assistant (employed by Local Authority)
1 Health Care Assistant and/or Nurse (employed by NHS)
We also have regular therapy input from other NHS staff, including physiotherapists, occupational therapist and speech and language therapists, who are based at the school.
School Report 2012
“The difficulty lies not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones.”
John Maynard Keynes
Every organisation talks about innovation. In fact, the need to be more innovative consistently appears among the top business priorities named by CEOs and business leaders.
The challenge for Blackpool Council and Highfurlong is to define what we really mean when we aim to be more innovative. How can we create education learning environments that continue to unleash young people’s and staff creativity; make greater use of collaborative partnerships that can re-define services to better effect, or have the agility to reshape special education processes that really deliver?
In the inspiring environment of Highfurlong, its campus facilities and as Blackpool’s SEN hub, this unique innovative programme offers young people with disabilities the chance to thrive educationally, socially, emotionally and benefit from an extensive range of sport, leisure and cultural opportunities.
We have set very high standards in these areas and are not afraid to move forward to ensure that all our learners have a successful transition into adulthood. Our curriculum is delivered through substantial work related learning and enterprise activities that lead to accreditation. This is supported by outstanding PHSEE, IAG and CEG provision.
There is a very strong focus on the quality of teaching and learning supported by outstanding teaching. Highfurlong works very hard to ensure that all its students make very good progress and reach their full cognitive potential through excellent assessment.
Our aim is to continually develop innovative staff, strong teams and an organisation that continually strives to achieve the highest standards.
We have high aspirations, high expectations and a very successful school that continually adapts changes and moves forward to ensure that all of our learners have the very best opportunities. This is driven by highly effective partnerships with the public, private and charity sector.
In summary, as an outstanding school, we are not afraid to move forward. Our culture, ethos, DNA and genes are about escaping from the shackles of the past. Highfurlong sets itself apart by delivering the very best future provision – SEND etc with a wide range of innovative processes being delivered now.
Teaching School SEN Strategic Partner
Teaching Award Enterprise Teacher of the Year Award
Youth Sports Trust (YST) Project Ability – pan Lancashire, regional, national games, Paralympics
YST Gold Status for PE & Sport
ICT Excellence Award
NAACE 3rd Millennium Award
Lead school National Year of Communication
Emotional Intelligence Lead School TES Packtypes National Launch - parental engagement and transition
NCSL LLE & SLEs
14-19 LCC SEN Transition Group
Launch of Blackpool’s Project Reach
Briefing paper to the Education Select Committee: Provision WRL/Enterprise/Vocational education for young people working at pre L1, L1 and L2.
Gold Investors in People
Centre for Successful Schools Keele University Attitudinal Surveys
Excellence in Special Education teaching