Headteacher’s Welcome

Neill Oldham

Chair of Governors
Christine Russell

Designated Safeguarding Lead
Nicola Cassidy

Nicola Cassidy

Exams Officer
Shelby Mercer

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 maintained special school in Blackpool, providing education for pupils aged 2-19 with a wide range of special educational needs.

These include complex medical conditions; physical disabilities; profound and multiple learning difficulties (including multi-sensory impairment and visual/hearing impairment); speech, language and communication difficulties; moderate learning difficulties and autistic spectrum disorders. We have a state of the art building on the outskirts of Blackpool, and we provide education for pupils from all over the Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde Coast area. Our school was purpose built in 2015, and includes a hydrotherapy pool, sensory rooms, bespoke outdoor education and play areas and is fully accessible for all pupils. 

We are currently expanding our buildings to house our secondary and post 16 phases. In addition, we are building a community cafe and shop, alongside an additional Hydrotherapy pool. This will give our current students access to the best facilities and provide a safe social space for our alumni and the wider community too.

I am extremely proud to lead a team that is committed to children’s wellbeing, celebrating every success, no matter how small  and providing the best opportunities in a warm and caring environment.  Staff , supported by governors and parents, work hard to deliver a bespoke curriculum to every single pupil, providing essential life skills to prepare them for adulthood. 

Highfurlong has received significant national recognition which demonstrates our commitment to pupil and staff wellbeing. Some of these awards include UK’s Happiest School in 2019 , UK’s Best School 2021, and BIBA Education Establishment of the Year in 2023.

Our school has been judged by Ofsted as being ‘outstanding’  in 2006, 2009, 2014 and in 2018. The latest inspection report  stated that Highfurlong is an:

“extremely warm, caring and welcoming school community which holds its pupils at the heart of all it does”

This is the basis of everything that we do at Highfurlong. Our child first ethos underpins everything that we do. Through all areas of our curriculum we strive to Inspire our pupils, Challenge them to be the best that they can be and Believe in them.

Highfurlong also works closely with a range of partners and organisations to provide bespoke school-to-school support. Highfurlong is one of three founding schools for Synergy Education Trust which will be opening in April 2024 – and will see Highfurlong convert to Academy Status.

I am extremely proud to be the Head Teacher at Highfurlong School”

Neill Oldham – Head Teacher