Teachers have a clear understanding of the individual needs that each pupil has in relation to their learning, emotional literacy, communication skills and possible medical needs. Teachers skilfully use this understanding to develop engaging lessons that are accessible for all pupils.
Secondary curriculum offer 2018/19
Our Secondary Department caters for pupils from Year 7 to 11 inclusively, aged 11-16 years old. There are three form groups of mixed age and ability supported by a teacher and two support assistants. Class sizes are typically made up of ten pupils.
We work as a large mulit-disciplinary team including physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists to ensure pupils achieve the desired outcomes within their Education, Health and Care Plan.
Our pupils learn via 1:1 and small group teaching and learning. All pupils have Individual Education Plan targets and pupils are assessed by a variety of formative assessment opportunities culminating in our termly, summative PIVATs assessments.
For core subjects
English, Mathematics, Science and Computing classes are set as closely to ability irrespective of age and based around the National curriculum. The rest of the curriculum offer is delivered in form classes, again with mixed ages. All lessons are highly differentiated based on need.
Humanities. This is taught on a carousel rotating on a termly basis involving Careers, Geography and History.
Creative. This too is taught on a carousel rotating on a termly basis involving D&T, Performing Arts and Art.
Taught weekly following the Equals schemes of work.
Taught weekly. Topics covered this academic year include Health and Well-being, Relationships and Living in the World. Schemes of work are developed in guidance with the PSHE Association.
Swimming, Media and Healthy Life Styles are delivered on a carousel rotating termly. Media and
Healthy life Styles allow pupils to gain achievement through the AQA Unit Award Scheme.
Various units are delivered based on abilities within the groups.
Every Friday afternoon allows pupils to work collaboratively with one another in their form
classes whilst gaining achievement through the AQA Unit Award Scheme. Various units are
delivered based on abilities within the groups.
Delivered weekly allowing pupils to develop basic social skills for lifelong learning.
Delivered weekly to the whole of secondary. The group is split based on abilities and needs.
Various external agencies support the delivery of PE including Newcastle Falcons for rugby,
Newcastle Eagles for basketball, Smile through Sport for cricket and athletics, Newcastle United
Additional bespoke opportunities to develop skills are available including access to a
hydrotherapy pool, specialist support for social and emotional difficulties, maths and literacy
Year 11 pupils
This year are also working towards achieving AQA Unit Awards in English, Mathematics, Science and Computing. These achievements will reflect their abilities.