We believe that pupils learn best when they are active participants in planned, educational experiences which are appropriate to their level of development. We want our pupils to experience a sense of success through their achievement and develope confidence and spiritual and moral values.
More information regarding the curriculum can be found at www.gov.uk/national-curriculum
Early Years (Nursery and Reception)
Our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a fully inclusive, local authority assessment unit catering for pupils aged 2 and a half (rising 3’s), Nursery (aged 3-4 years) and Reception (aged 4-5 years) with a diverse range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
We work as a large mulit-disciplinary team including physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists to assess pupils who may require an Education, Health and Care Plan.
Our curriculum follows a highly differentiated and bespoke version of the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile which focuses on the 7 prime and specific areas of learning: Personal, social and emotional development; Communication and language; Physical development;
Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding of the world; Expressive arts.
Our pupils learn via 1:1 and small group teaching and learning with an emphasis on indoor and outdoor learning through play. We have a strong focus on literacy, maths and functional communication. We use a range of daily formative assessment opportunities culminating in
our summative Early Years Foundation Stage Profile and PIVATs assessments.
Reading and phonics are given high priority in our school with daily sessions in the early years and Primary department. We use read write inc programme to support our teaching of these early skills. Children progress through the staged reading books from the Oxford Reading Tree. They also read from a range of other short appropriate books. Children are encouraged to take books home to read and share with their parents and carers to extend their learning.
Primary Department (KS1 and 2)
Our Primary Department caters for pupils from year 1 to year 6, aged 5-11 years old. Mixed age classes offer a highly differentiated curriculum covering all National Curriculum subjects; English, Maths, Science, Design and Technology, History, Geography, Art and
Design, Music, Physical Education, Computing and Modern Foreign Languages (where appropriate).
We have a strong emphasis on ensuring pupils develop their basic skills in English and Maths and dedicated lessons for functional and social communication which we embed across the curriculum.
Additional bespoke opportunities to develop skills are available including access to a hydrotherapy pool, specialist support for social and emotional difficulties, maths and literacy intervention.
We work as a large multi-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.
Secondary Department (KS3 and KS4)
There are three mixed ability form classes within the secondary department.
The pupils work within their form group for Creative, Humanities, Enterprise, PSHE and RE.
Pupils are taught within streamed groupings for the core subjects of Maths, English and Science and are taught by subject specialist staff.
Social Communication is taught discretely each week within the form class.
The pupils begin their accredited courses in non-core subjects to enable them to follow their learning pathway.
As of 2017/18
AQA Unit Award Scheme:
Enterprise/Personal Finance (Secondary)
Healthy living (Secondary)
Edexcel Functional Skills:
Post 16 (KS5)
Post 16 pupils work in two groups to access their curriculum opportunities.
The curriculum offers GCSE Maths and English are taught as well as off-site opportunities for GCSE Art. All pupils access English and Maths at the appropriate level to ensure a progression and building of essential core skills. Pupils have access to enriched learning opportunities on a weekly basis – Independent Travel, Gym, Swimming, photography, Enterprise and independent living skills as well as a wide variety of ASDAN short courses throughout the year.
They participate in the ‘Moving On ‘project which allows for vocational experiences in a variety of settings.
Pupils follow an individual learning Pathway for accreditation including ASDAN, Edexcel and Functional skills.
Residential experiences are planned and include Duke of Edinburgh and outdoor adventure experiences which are planned to include essential life skills.
Careers Lead - Ben Brown
Telephone - 0191 6432590