Welcome to Highshore School

Highshore is a complex mixed needs special secondary (age range 11 – 19) school situated in Camberwell, in the London Borough of Southwark. We have 152 pupils on roll. Every pupil has an EHCP.

At Highshore School we enable our pupils to gain the skills, confidence and opportunities needed to progress to employment, meaningful voluntary opportunities and training. Our pupils tell us that they want to make a contribution to society. We are a central London school and expect our pupils to be active citizens.

Highshore has three aims for its pupils:

  •  To be able to communicate as fully as possible
  •  To develop as many self help skills as possible
  • To become independent and included as fully as possible in society

All of our pupils have severe or moderate learning disabilities (SLD/MLD) and come from a mix of Southwark Primary and Special schools. Our school is oversubscribed. In addition to our teaching staff one full time and one part-time Speech and Language therapist, one day a week Occupational therapy, Family worker and a Full-time work experience coordinator. We also have strong links with CAMHS, the School Nursing Service and with the Early Help team.

Our pupils have a range of needs, including: Complex medical needs,  Downs Syndrome, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Speech, Language and Communication difficulties, ADHD and Physical disabilities.

Our contact hours are 8:50 AM to 3:05 PM, Monday to Friday during term time, equating to roughly 31.25 hours a week.

Key Stages 3 and 4:

In Key Stage 3 our pupils start the day with Literacy and Numeracy, usually taught by their form teacher. We teach subjects such as Social Communication and Lego therapy, which your child might not have encountered in primary school, as well as the full range of National curriculum subjects. All our Key stage 3 pupils have regular swimming in addition to their PE lessons. In Key Stage 4 pupils work towards a variety of accreditation including Entry Level and Functional Skills.

Key Stage 5:

Our Sixth form programme includes one day a week college link and for many pupils one day a week work experience placement. The focus of the sixth form is allowing our pupils to gain as much independence skills as possible. Travel training forms part of our programme for those pupils who are not independent travellers. Highshore has a Specialist dyslexia team who support pupils both in and out of class.


In addition to our aims we have our core values that all staff and pupils follow: