Curriculum

Our curriculum challenges and extends our learners, enabling them to develop their personal, emotional, social and academic skills and knowledge. We offer a highly innovative and personalised curriculum, which is tailored to individual pupils' needs and provides pathways that enable a smooth transition to higher education, training and apprenticeships.

CURRICULUM INTENT

The intent of the curriculum is to provide a holistic learning experience which is personalised to meet the assessed needs of individuals and groups. We use pupils’ interests and talents to provide motivating and engaging learning experiences and programmes of study. There is also an emphasis on developing resilience, independence and lifelong learning skills tailored to individual needs. The curriculum provides challenge, supports differing needs and learning styles and the acquisition of 21st-century learning skills of critical thinking, creative thinking, communicating, and collaborating.

To achieve the intent of the curriculum, it captures all elements of the National Curriculum, whilst personalising it for our learners’ cognitive load and ensures their Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) outcomes are met. The content is wide-ranging, balanced and relevant with an unashamed focus on reading, writing and maths.

British values, cultural diversity, equality and difference is celebrated throughout the curriculum in order to develop confidence, positive self-esteem and independence. Pupils at Key Stage 4 take nationally recognised qualifications, including GCSE, as appropriate.

WIDE RANGE OF QUALIFICATIONS

We teach the National Curriculum, leading to external accreditation at GCSE level, where applicable. We enhance our curriculum with vocational qualifications such as Functional Skills in English and Maths, Entry Level Science, AQA awards in Land Based Studies and Food Technology. In addition, we offer BTEC accreditation in enterprise-driven subjects, Entry Level Employability Skills and City and Guilds Food and Hygiene awards.

We work in a supportive environment that enables pupils to express themselves appropriately through the acquisition of key social communication skills. We expect pupils to develop an awareness, and consideration, of others, which is developed in peer cooperation, a nurture group ethos and respect for the views of their friends. Pupils are regularly elected to the School Council to help shape school planning and ideas.

CLASSES AND SCHOOL STRUCTURE

We have small bespoke groupings of 7 pupils plus a class teacher/tutor and at least one Progress Engagement Guide (PEG) per group. Pupils are placed in the group that ‘best fits’ their developmental stage and academic need.

Our small class group size, balanced with a high level of experienced support, creates a safe and nurturing environment for pupils to begin to close the gaps in their skills, knowledge and understanding. Our highly experienced PEGs offer support, guidance and assistance across the school day, including in class and break times. They also encourage independent learning and empower pupils to achieve their potential.