A broad and balanced curriculum
with realistic targets for all pupils


We provide a broad and balanced curriculum. The emphasis is on English, Maths, Science and ICT in all year groups. We ensure that the core subjects are taught in the mornings when our students are more focussed, and their concentration is high. In the afternoons the curriculum becomes more practical and active and includes cycling, PE, art and design, music, fishing, outdoor pursuits, horticulture, horse riding, etc. In all these activities the focus is on teamwork and developing social skills.

We have a Lower School that caters for students from Year 3 to 7 and this includes our nurture group for children who have particular needs. From Year 8, students move to Upper School on the Main School site and this includes separate Key Stage 3 and 4 areas, and a class that is run on a primary model for our more vulnerable young people.

In Year 10 and 11 our students follow a wide range of GCSE, BTEC and other vocational qualifications.

Our Year 12 and 13 offer is based on the principle of an extended Year 11 – students study English and Maths and have vocational college placements. They are generally students who are not yet ready for an unsupported educational placement Post 16.

The overall aim of the curriculum is to enable all the young people to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens. All pupils are offered a wide range of learning experiences covering different areas of skills and knowledge. A variety of learning activities are offered to try to ensure that pupils of different aptitudes, attributes and skills have opportunities for success. The 24-hour curriculum contributes to the development of well-rounded individuals who are well prepared for future life. A creative and flexible approach to the National Curriculum is intended to reengage learners and stimulate interest in learning and address deficiencies in basic knowledge and understanding.

Pastoral Support

To help our students learn and thrive there is a dedicated Pastoral team. The team is always available for those who may need some time out or a place to reflect.

The Pastoral Care Workers primary focus is to support and influence the ‘learning climate’ of the school day. They are front line interventionalists working with pupils experiencing problems. They pass information to their professional colleagues to ensure that communication channels are maintained across the disciplines. They have the responsibility for monitoring all and the recording of incidents throughout the educational day.

Trends in incidents are produced by the Pastoral team for progress meetings so that patterns of behaviour are identified and intervention or support strategies are put into the place.