Education

We offer a broad and balanced curriculum which reflects the interests and aptitudes of our students and which supports pathway planning for a wide range of GCSE courses, BTECs, College based Vocational Courses at Levels 1, 2 and 3 as well as apprenticeships.

Our fully refurbished school building provides a range of specialist classrooms including fully equipped Science Lab, Art Studio, Design & Technology Workshop, Food Technology Department, ICT Suite, Gym, Library and a dedicated Sixth Form Centre and Common Room

Each student is involved in the formulation of his own learning plan which is based on personal aspirations, individual needs and quality of life issues at the time. This plan helps us to target support across each of the four main strands of Communication, Self-Management, Independence and Achievement.

Our integrated therapeutic model with inputs from Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Clinical Psychology, Art Therapy and massage provides holistic support for developing students’ knowledge and skills and for improving their well-being and quality of life.  All therapists are registered with the Health and Care Provisions Council (HCPC).

Highly skilled staff are able to support students in a number of specialist areas including sensory integration, social learning and specific literacy development.  They work within the school day and after school.

In Key Stage 3 students are mainly class-based and benefit from small classes (max size 6) with a dedicated teacher and Learning Support Assistant.

Subject specialist teachers in Key Stage 4 and our Sixth Form teach a range of courses leading to GCSE, BTEC and Functional Skills accreditation. We also able have links with four local FE colleges and a number of schools to provide additional vocational options, apprenticeships and further breadth to our curriculum. Class sizes remain at a maximum of 6 throughout a student’s time at the school.

The Sixth Form curriculum includes dedicated time and specialist therapy support for considering future options and preparation for moving on through such things as interview practice, CV writing and visits to a range of potential destination choices. We have a proud track record of ensuring that all students are well supported into their next destination and course of their choosing.

The extended day curriculum gives students opportunities for social inclusion both on and offsite. It allows them to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme and provides structured support for the development of independence and life-skills.

Teaching and achievement are outstanding. Students make exceptional progress, often from very low starting points.  They achieve excellent results in a range of subjects and all are extremely well prepared for their next steps in education, employment or training. (Ofsted)