'Inspire, Challenge, Believe'


Our curriculum at Highfurlong is highly personalised to meet the needs of our students. Our curriculum places a special emphasis on the development of the whole child and on what they can achieve. We develop a ‘can do’ attitude, confident and highly motivated young people, who will progress so they can be the ‘very best’ they can be. We believe that all children have the right to access education through the Early Years Foundation Stage,  the National Curriculum and the post 16 curriculum.  This is supported through our highly effective Personal Social and Health Education curriculum. Our aim is to foster a love of learning, to make learning fun, stimulating and interesting, to develop independence and prepare our students for adult life.

We have high expectations of all our children and our curriculum is thematic and sequential for the Early Years through to the end of Key Stage 3. The students follow either a sensory pathway or a more academic pathway according to whichever meets their individual needs.  At Key Stage 4 our students follow courses linked to external accreditation following ASDAN courses, Entry Levels or GCSE’s.  At Key Stage 5 the students follow a more individualised curriculum related to the Work Related curriculum and Preparation for Adulthood, personalised to meet their individual needs. All our stakeholders share in our curriculum including Governors and parents. The differing learning needs of all the children are taken into account and aspects of our curriculum have been developed to ensure access for our sensory learners.

The progress of each pupil is regularly assessed to inform next steps and to guide the work of the teachers. Parents are kept informed of progress and will be encouraged to participate in the education of their child through regular discussion and the review process.

 Our curriculum:

·       is broad, balanced, relevant, differentiated, creative and

·       is able to continually develop children’s social, moral, spiritual and cultural understanding.

·       shows that pupils have individual learning styles and these are supported by the curriculum.

·       ensures that prior learning is built upon and skills and interests are further developed to enable lifelong learning.

·       ensures that the emotional health and wellbeing of all pupils is developed.

·       develops the pupils' independence skills and prepares them for adulthood.

·       ensures that our pupils stay safe, healthy, develop and take their place in society.

·       allows the students to fulfill their potential.

·       allows children to be happy in their learning.

Please Contact the school for further details about our curriculum

Curriculum Diagram

Phonics and Reading

Reading is a high priority at Highfurlong and all students access the ‘Oxford Tree’ Reading Scheme.Throughout the school, the overarching approach to teaching phonics is ‘Letters and sounds.’ Although, for most of our students, phonics and reading cannot be taught in the conventional systematic way. Our teachers and support staff tailor their teaching of reading and phonics to each individual.