Executive Head Teacher
Neill Oldham

Head of School
Jasmine Short

Chair of Governors
Christine Russell

Designated Safeguarding Lead
Nicola Cassidy

Nicola Cassidy

Exams Officer
Jodie Isherwood

Careers Lead
Mark Birtles

"Highfurlong School is a school where all individuals are valued and supported to achieve their personal best. Our school is a special school academy in Blackpool, providing education for pupils aged 2-19 with a wide range of special educational needs.

Welcome to Highfurlong Special School!                         

As the Head of School of Highfurlong, it is my utmost pleasure to extend a warm welcome to all visitors to our website. Highfurlong provides education for pupils aged 2-19 with a wide range of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). These include pupils with complex medical conditions, physical disabilities, profound and multiple learning difficulties including multi-sensory and visual/hearing impairments, speech, language, and communication difficulties, moderate learning difficulties, and autistic spectrum condition (ASC).

We are proud to be part of Synergy Education Trust. Within the Trust and the wider community we pride ourselves on being a unique and extraordinary school. We are committed to creating an inclusive, supportive, and enriching educational environment where every pupil can thrive, and every staff member can contribute to the success of our unique community.

What makes our school truly special can be summarised in three key aspects:

Pupil-Centred Approach:

  • Our primary focus is on the well-being, care and resilience of our students.
  • We cherish the uniqueness and positivity that each child brings to our school community.
  • Our dedication to understanding and nurturing the needs of every child sets us apart

Dedicated Staff and Teamwork:

  • The commitment and knowledge of our staff are unparalleled, fostering an environment of continuous improvement.
  • Teamwork is fundamental in our ethos, emphasising collaboration among staff, pupils, families and wider agencies.
  • We celebrate the achievements of our amazing pupils and recognise the importance of a family-like atmosphere.

Innovative Thinking and Personalised Learning:

  • We encourage thinking outside the box, providing a platform for creative approaches to education.
  • Our personalised curriculum ensures that each child’s unique strengths and interests are acknowledged and nurtured.
  • There are no limits to what our students can achieve, guided by our expert teachers and a supportive school community.

At Highfurlong, we embrace challenges as opportunities for growth and learning. We understand that the journey towards success is not always easy, but we firmly believe that with resilience, the right support, a personalised learning journey and high expectations of all, our pupils can overcome any obstacle they may face. By fostering a culture of belief and encouragement, we instil in our pupils the confidence and self-belief they need to pursue their aspirations and make their dreams a reality.

I invite you to explore our website further or contact us to learn more about our school, our values, our curriculum, the incredible achievements of our pupils and what makes Highfurlong School such a special place. We are delighted to share our journey with you.
Warm regards,

Jasmine Short
Head of School