Highfurlong School

Name Highfurlong School
Website http://www.highfurlong.org
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 01 April 2014
Address Blackpool Old Road, Blackpool, FY3 7LS
Phone Number 01253392188
Type Special
Age Range 2-19
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 83 (55% boys 45% girls)
Local Authority Blackpool
Percentage Free School Meals 58.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.8%
Persisitent Absence 42.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 1.3%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection:

Information about this school

This is a school for students who have physical disabilities or profound, multiple and complex learning difficulties. There is a trend for more and more students to be admitted with an ever-increasing complexity and degree of need. Many students need personal care in all situations. Nearly all students are White British. A much higher proportion than average is known to be eligible for the pupil premium. (The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, children from service families and those children who are looked after). Boys outnumber girls by about 3:1; this is usual in schools of this type. A long-serving headteacher has left since the last inspection and for the last year the school has had an acting headteacher. The school is due to move into new buildings in the near future.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. It is loved by parents, respected by the community, enjoyed by students and has a staff totally committed to making students’ lives better. The school meets students’ most important needs exceptionally well. Many of their achievements have little to do with attainment in academic terms. Far more important is the wonderful way they make friends, become more independent and learn how to communicate their needs and feelings. Teaching is outstanding because day in, day out, students get a good deal from highly skilled teachers. At the heart of teaching is the tremendous understanding that teachers have of the very different needs of students. Naughtiness just does not seem to cross students’ minds because they are too busy making friends, looking after each other and enjoying life. The way that students are constantly told about how to look after themselves and keep safe, rather than expecting other people to look after them, is very special. Over many years, leaders, managers and governors have created a stunning school in which students, parents and staff have total faith in what is being done to make young people’s lives better. It is a joy to just stand in the school and feel the goodness coming out of it. The school has maintained its exceptionally high standards over many years. It keeps improving and retains the capacity to do so. Leaders and managers recognise that while there is outstanding teaching not all staff are sufficiently clear about how they could do even better. The sixth form is outstanding. Students behave very maturely and take great pride in their studies and work placements.