Key Stage 4-5
Overview and aims
We offer all our learners the opportunity to develop and learn in a supportive, caring environment which has high expectations for all to achieve. This curriculum works towards GCSE/BTEC accreditation in core and optional subject areas and is modified to suit the needs of individual pupils.
In Key Stage 4-5, we strive to offer an exciting and bespoke curriculum where pupils of all abilities develop and extend their knowledge linked to a range of exciting themes over the five years that they could be in Key Stage 4-5. We provide a broad, balanced curriculum, which is relevant to the needs of all our pupils and makes sure that all pupils make progress.
Pupils are at the centre of our curriculum and through the availability of a range of BTEC options, the vocational interests of each student can be pursued, whilst also providing engaging opportunities to broaden their knowledge and build on key lifeskills. Through practical lessons and first hand experiences, we offer pupil the chance to ask questions about their learning, to make mistakes and to grow in independence on their way to becoming lifelong learners.
Implementation of the Curriculum
Throughout Key Stage 4-5, pupils have access to a broad and balanced rolling program that prepare them for GCSE and BTEC success over several years. The Key Stage 4-5 curriculum has been developed to deliver core subjects such as Maths, English and Science and discharge our statutory duties as a school in areas such as RSE, but also allow students the opportunity to explore and advance in the vocational areas which interest them and could lead to a fulfilling career for them.
The curriculum offer is personalised and based on individual need, pupil attainment and target setting takes place through formative and summative assessment and are central to the EHCP process. You can find out more about our curriculum by contacting the school - please see the school contacts page.
As well as daily Maths and English lessons, students benefit from Science, PSHE, Lifeskills and PE lessons. Afternoons are largely devoted to BTEC optional subjects including Animal Care, Cooking, Hair and Beauty, Music, Sport, ICT and Land-based Studies. An afternoon each week, is also devoted to games and activities, promoting the social development of all our students.
Qualifications and Achievements
As part of the whole school ethos we believe that all pupils deserve to have their achievements recognised. Pupils have the opportunity to take part in Functional Skills examinations to demonstrate their mastery of English and Maths programme of study. Summative assessments are also available at the end of their GCSE and BTEC courses.