Early Years Foundation
The EYFS department consists of three classes including the co located nursery class and a class for pupils with severe autism (part of the Autism Resource). KS1 pupils also follow the EYFS curriculum as this is appropriate to their developmental needs. The six areas of the curriculum are covered in each term. Pupils’ personal needs such as Speech and Language therapy and physiotherapy are incorporated into classroom programme. IEP targets are addressed daily in work box activities. The class in the Autistic Resource follows TEACCH principles. Music therapy is available to some classes.
KS2 pupils follow the National Curriculum including PSHE and RE. Pupils in some classes have specialist PE and music lessons. Pupils’ personal needs continue to be incorporated into classroom programmes with professionals available to oversee and augment programmes when required. IEP targets continue to be addressed in workbox activities.
In the upper classes pupils have individual reading sessions.
Most pupils have an opportunity to ride on a weekly basis and attend swimming sessions in the summer term.
Pupils continue to be class based moving to specialist teaching for music and MFL. Setting for maths and English occurs on 1 day each week in order to ensure that pupils are sufficiently challenged. Daily reading continues with pupils on the Catch Up programme.
KS3 pupils follow the National Curriculum including PSHE, RE and IAG/ work related learning. In September 2010, this KS will be focused on skill development and preparation for a more personalised approach from 14 – 19.
At KS4 there are several pathways all leading towards accreditation within Foundation Learning. Qualifications include Functional Skills (Literacy, numeracy, ICT), Entry level in core and foundation National Curriculum subjects (e.g. English, maths, science, art and design, MFL.), PSHE including SRE/PSD (ASDAN), Arts Award, Transition Challenge (ASDAN). Work related learning continues within this KS – pupils have the opportunity to experience work placements appropriate to their ability. Year 10 undertake the ASDAN World of Work programme supported by the Education and Business Partnership.
Post 16 pupils continue with Literacy and Numeracy, ICT, PSHE, Towards Independence (ASDAN) and Enterprise whilst developing independence life skills.
Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills are assessed throughout a range of activities and environments.
Students’ transition into FE is supported by a Links programme in KS4 and Post 16.
All pupils have the opportunity to experience several residential visits during their time in the 11-19 department. Lunch clubs are a popular feature of the school and are very well attended. The School Choir performs at community events and sports teams participate in tournaments with local and special schools.
All pupils have the opportunity to follow a personalised programme – this may involve attending mainstream primary and secondary schools (with support) for part of the week or joining other classes within school for part of the week.