Highfurlong School is a co-educational community special school, judged ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2006, 2009, 2014 and 2018 and caters for pupils aged 2-19 with a wide range of special educational needs. These include 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.
‘Our children are at the heart of everything we do, we want our pupils and staff to be the best they can be and we want to be one of the best schools in the country’
Our vision for our school is to be the best resourced provider in the area/country, with state of the art facilities, approximately 80 pupils on roll, meeting a wide variety of need. The school will offer education of the highest possible quality delivered by an amazing team of highly skilled staff.
Teaching and learning is and will continue to be enjoyable and fun and is of the highest possible standards, so the children and young people will be the ‘best they can be’. Highfurlong School will work with families, other professionals, colleagues and the wider community to realise our vision. Happy pupils, happy staff, happy families and outstanding progress for all.
‘It is a joy to just stand in the school and feel the goodness coming out of it.’ (Ofsted 2014)
In summary, as an outstanding school, we are not afraid to move forward. Our culture and ethos is one of continual improvement and high aspiration – ‘to be the best we can be’ in every aspect of our work. Highfurlong sets itself apart by continuing to develop and deliver the very best provision with a wide range of innovative processes.
Working together as a team we believe with the ‘child at the heart’ of everything we continue to deliver outstanding achievements. We ‘Inspire, Challenge, Believe’ and with our ‘can do’ attitude we succeed.
‘We can, We will, We do’
Below you will find some of our amazing students achieving incredible feats.
All our students have aspirations and dreams of what they want their future to hold. Our aim is to provide an enriched learning journey for each of them before they move to the next stage in their lives. This video was fantastic fun to make but it comes with a clear message to all professionals who work for our students. Click on the picture above to view our movie.
Work Related Learning & Enterprise
Work related learning opportunities begin in KS3 with class visits and tasters to employers, individual tasters to enable access to employers and placements attended to complement personalised learning pathways.
Independence and life skills are a focus within Key Stage 5, residential visits are offered and external accreditation is completed to support and extend such activities. A Short Course in Employability Skills is offered and employability days may be accessed through a variety of events. Internships may be accessed through local college provision and Project Search. Visits are arranged to local and specialist colleges, post 19 providers and universities to raise awareness in order for students to make informed choices for their future.
At Highfurlong it is recognised that ‘Enterprise Education’ is a term for an approach to learning and teaching that has evolved over recent years. For the focus of our work, enterprise education:
- is that which assists young people to become more enterprising in their approach to life, and in particular work,
- provides a focus on the development of entrepreneurship, and supports the learning of and
- encompases core skills, employability skills, career education, work based/related learning, “skills for life” and aspects of personal and social development and to enable development of transferable skills in order to prepare for adulthood.
Personalised Learning Curriculum Pathways.
A great starting point is focusing on personalised learning, to look at what motivates a pupil, what they’re good at and then provide lots of opportunities to try new things and build self-esteem. It is important to get involved in a wide range of projects and initiatives because our students need as much experience of real life as possible. Students earn wages in the form of the profits being shared within each business group, these amounts are entered onto an Enterprise Credit system and students decide how to spend (or save) their money, thus establishing the link between working hard in order to earn wages.