Health and Fitness

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 well being.

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.


The Highshore building has high quality facilities, allowing access to a wide range of sports and physical activity. 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, table tennis tables, Yoga and mindfulness rooms and trampoline.

External Trips

In 2017-18 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.

4 of our students took part in the Prudential Ride London

Sports Day

Highshore Sports Day is always a big event.

Every year their is a different theme. In 2018 pupils were separated into five different continents based on the World Cup and competed against one another in events such as: curling, static high jump, foam javelin, Wii Sports and blind-folded hurdles.

Classes process for the opening ceremony accompanied by our drumming club and will all collect medals at the closing ceremony. 


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.

Parent and student fitness challenge logo Click the Logo to download the Highshore School Fitness Challenge Pack which includes: food and fitness challenges, nutritional tips and healthy recipes.




Links with External Providers


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In 2018 Access Sport and Wheels for Wellbeing visited to work with KS3 and KS4  pupils for Sports Relief 2018. Pupils learnt how to ride accessible cycles and BMX bikes.

Access Sport have also delivered BMX classes for select classes culminating in a trip to the Burgess Park BMX track.

London Youth Rowing




In September 2016, London Youth Rowing supplied our school with three new rowing machines and we haven’t looked back! Thanks to this partnership with LYR, students now have access to two rowing clubs per week. After School and Friday lunchtime clubs where many of our students have already rowed over 10,000 kilometres.


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.