Health and Fitness

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Highshore School prides itself on offering pupils the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities that impact positively on their health and fitness. Our goal is to equip pupils with the knowledge and desire to make lifestyle choices that have a positive effect on both their short and long-term wellbeing.

PE Lessons

Every pupil in Key Stages 3 and 4 has one lesson of PE per week. Warm-up activities for the sessions are tailored to incorporate pupil’s physio routines. Each half-term the PE team focus on a particular sport, allowing students to explore the basic skills, movements and rules required to engage in different activities. The focus sports include football, basketball, tennis, badminton, cricket, and athletics. Additional sports such as rebound therapy (on a trampoline), table tennis, boccia, karate and goalball are also introduced over the course of the year in PE sessions and extra-curricular clubs.


Pupils in years 7-10 also have one lesson of swimming per week. They are taught the skills they need to be confident and safe in the water. Qualified swimming instructors use demonstrations, challenges and games to teach pupils the correct techniques for swimming. Our more advanced swimmers will also learn lifesaving skills, water polo and have the opportunity to compete in swimming galas.

BMX with Access Sport


In 2015/16 Access sport visited us one a week to teach pupils to not only ride but maintain BMX bikes. several classes took part and received certificates for their hard work and commitment. they also visited the BMX track at Burgess Park and showed off their skills.

London Youth Rowing

london-youth-rowingsport-england-lottery-logoIn September 2016, London Youth Rowing supplied our school with three new rowing machines and Highshore Rowing Club started. Thanks to this partnership with LYR, students now have access to two rowing clubs per week. After School on Wednesdays from 3.15pm – 4.15pm and Friday lunchtime from 12.45pm till 1.15pm and many of our students have already rowed over 10,000 kilometres.


External Trips

In 2015-16 there were lots of PE related off-site trips that classes attended, including trips to the Oval for a cricket tournament, to the Olympic park for a multi-sports tournament and South London Special League football tournaments.

Sports Day

In June 2016, to coincide with Rio 2016, Highshore held its own Olympic Day with 124 pupils taking part.

6 representatives from Greenhouse Sports head office came to support the day along with our full-time Greenhouse coach, Joanne.

Pupils were separated into five different continents and competed against one another in events such as: curling, static high jump, foam javelin, Wii Sports and blind-folded hurdles.

The day had its own opening and closing ceremonies with music from Highshore Drum Club and processions from each continent.

Greenhouse Sports

Highshore has a partnership with Greenhouse Sports, a London-based charity committed to using sport to help young people living in the inner city to realise their full potential. The partnership means that a Greenhouse Sports coach is based at the school full time.

As well as supporting the Head of PE during PE sessions, the Greenhouse Sports coach consults with the school’s Occupational Therapist and with Physiotherapists to run sensory circuits, fitness sessions and support students to regularly complete exercises from their physio routines. The coach also leads the extracurricular sports clubs.

For more information on Greenhouse Sports, please visit the website here:

More activities will be added to this webpage over the course of the year.

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The recently-built Highshore School has high quality facilities, allowing access to a wide range of sports. Below is an overview of what there is on offer.

Outdoors: An outdoor gym, basketball hoop, a five-a-side football pitch, a table football table and space and equipment for additional outside activities and games as skipping.

Indoors: An indoor sports hall complete with a mounted basketball hoop, a drama studio that doubles as a dance studio, a soft-play room, a table tennis table and a trampoline.

Healthy Eating


As a school for pupils with complex mixed needs health is a priority. All pupils receive weekly food technology lessons where in addition to learning basic cooking skills emphasis is placed on healthy living. Pupils are taught how to budget their meals and how to make healthy choices. Many of our enterprise project involve pupils running food businesses such as our Hummus lunchtime project. Older pupils are given opportunities to prepare their own lunches with adult support. Our after school cooking club is very popular and was started at the request of the school council.

Our breakfast club is popular and offers a wide range of breakfast options. It is open from 7-45 every morning.

Our school lunches offer healthy choices including a salad bar. Harrisons our caterers work with us to provide balanced and healthy menus which are enjoyed by staff and pupils. Many adults choose to eat with our young people and visitors comment on the quality of our lunches. Pupils who bring their own packed lunches eat in the school dining room with their peers. We cater for special diets and our catering team work closely with allied health professionals to support the needs of individual pupils. Pupils give us regular feedback through the school council and their views are listened to and acted on.