Lead Inclusion School- YST

Highfurlong School is the lead inclusion school for Lancashire for the Youth Sport Trust.

We work in partnership with Blackpool Council to deliver Project Ability . There are 50 Youth Sport Trust Lead Inclusion Schools across England who have been selected for their recognised expertise in engaging young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) to participate, compete and lead through PE, physical activity and school sport.

High Furlong School fencing

Lead Inclusion Schools are inclusion champions and visionaries for what high quality, meaningful and inclusive PE and school sport should look like for every child. They work to empower teachers to be more inclusive in their practice, provide meaningful competition and competition pathways for young people, raising their aspirations and providing inclusive leadership opportunities.

Highfurlong School ensures that all students are given the opportunity to take part in sport at all levels. We have been recognised for high quality PE, to an outstanding level, through the Youth Sport Trust Assessment Tool for the School Games Pathway.

 We have also been awarded the School Games Platinum Award in 2019 and also the Youth Sport Trust Quality Mark.

School Games Pathway

Our School Games pathway gives increased opportunities for young people with disabilities to compete on a local, regional and national level. The aim is to provide more opportunities by:

  • Enabling participation in regular competitive activity at each level of the School Games.
  • Developing meaningful competitive opportunities as part of the school sport pathway
  • Raising confidence levels
  • Changing perceptions and enhancing understanding of disabled people to provide inclusive opportunities to compete alongside non-disabled athletes.

The sport and competitions run at Highfurlong School include a range of team and individual sports and a variety of competition formats.

These include specific formats in disability sports such as table cricket, boccia and fencing. (All National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) provide competition format, which are inclusive in design and provide advice/guidance on how to adapt activities and integrate young disabled people in teams alongside non-disabled youngsters, as well as impairment-specific formats).

WheelPower National Junior Games

Here at Highfurlong we strive to create inclusive opportunities for our students to access a range of sports. This includes the opportunity to go to the Wheelpower National Junior Games in Stoke Mandeville. This is a four day residential Sport Camp where our students can access sports that they may not ordinarily have the opportunity to try.

Highfurlong School wheelchair sports