As a dedicated special school, our entire site is accessible to those who use wheelchairs. This includes our main school and gardens. Moreover, overhead and manual hoists are fitted and available throughout the site, and we have a number of fully accessible, DDA compliant, changing suites.
Our Hydrotherapy Pool was refurbished in 2013 with the help of Friends of Highbury. It offers an environment in which to develop, for our more able pupils, early water confidence and swimming skills. Pupils often use the Hydrotherapy Pool as a stepping stone to further developing their swimming off-site at Brighouse Pool. For our pupils with more complex needs, the pool offers a soothing, relaxing and stimulating environment to develop mobility and receive physiotherapy.
Highbury has a large Sensory room and was recently refurbished in 2014, it is state of the art, featuring, water bed, infinity tunnel, touch and sound activated panels, bubble tube and fibre-optic lighting. Importantly, the environment is interactive and can be controlled using wireless switches and specialist software. Our sensory room can be used for 1:1 work or as a whole class resources.
Garden School offers unique ways to develop the essential core skills of communication and physical development in a highly creative way, building on the social and emotional developments of all.
Garden School Learning is child-directed, which means the scope of the activities that can take place is enormous. Typical activities include:
Den Building: Learn with natural materials – Den building within our school grounds allows children to interact with natural elements, problem solve and work as as a team. Our mud kitchen provides something quite different to a soil digging patch, mixing soil, water and other natural materials
Ecotherapy: Environmentally friendly – Learn about the problems facing the natural world and what we can do to create a rich and diverse ecosystem.
The Patch: Children thrive in nature – Grow food, cook and eat together – learn about soils and returning nutrients to them through composting. Observe the life cycles of a range of plants and animals.
Part of our ethos is to engage children with the green spaces around them. Highbury school can provide opportunities for children to experience nature and the outdoor in a safe, secure, hands-on way. We have our very own allotment and nature garden within our grounds. The children can develop a stewardship role for these areas and have raised awareness of them and will act to protect and look after woodland spaces.
Rebound Therapy Room
Rebound Therapy is an intensive 1:1 technique that comprises the therapeutic use of trampolines to provide opportunities for movement, exercise and recreation for people with additional needs. Physically, it helps to increase strength, stamina, balance and co-ordination. Emotionally, it aids confidence-building, communication and social skills.
Highbury has a medium size trampoline which was kindly funded by the Wooden Spoon. The suite can be accessed and enjoyed by all pupils that attend our school.
Highbury school has two Rotkagon's, one situated near our multi use games area (pictured above) and the second based in our early year outdoor area. Accessible for all abilities 2 year old upward the Roktagon helps pupils strengthen their upper body and also hand and eye coordination. Highbury school Roktagon's were funded with help from the Lottery Fund 2018.
Multi-use games areas, better known as MUGA, is a versatile area for pupils to enjoy a range of activities and sports, all within a safe environment. Highbury's multi use game area offer's a specialist space for pupils to improve their physical and social development. We also offer opportunities for children to learn to cycle and to improve their cycling skills.
If you would like more information about our facilities, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the school office 01484 716319