Upper School – Key Stage 3 & 4

At the end of Year 7, pupils move into one of our Year 8/9 classes based on their cognitive and emotional development. The move from Year 7 to Year 8/9 is done over the final summer half term in a gradual manner to ensure a smooth, stress-free transition. The Year 8/9 pupils are then encouraged to develop and consolidate their key skills in core subjects and are also offered opportunities to extend their knowledge in other areas of the curriculum.

Students in Year 8/9 study a common curriculum and this is underpinned by our therapeutic approach. Timetables are individually tailored to groups and classroom based learning is supported by hands on vocational learning. All students access English, Maths, Science, PE, Art, Catering, ICT, PSHEE & Careers, and Humanities. These subjects are enriched through  Outdoor Education and Bushcraft. Utilising this approach ensures the continued social and emotional development of all pupils which we view as equally important to academic achievement.

In order to support our young people and ensure they achieve success, we enter them into accredited courses from  Year 9. Pupils  begin their Entry Level and Functional Skills Awards in English, Maths and Science, allowing the optimum time to achieve these qualifications, which reduces anxiety and provides an environment in which pupils can flourish.

As pupils approach the end of Key Stage 3 they select their options for Year 10 and create their own personalised learning curriculum. These are tailored to their interests and career ambitions. Courses tend to last one year and are reviewed at the end of the academic year to provide optimum opportunity to gain further accreditation.

Social, moral, spiritual and cultural (SMSC) aspects of learning and social and emotional aspects of learning (SEAL) are incorporated into planning across the curriculum as well as issues being addressed directly in the PSHE programme.  The Grange actively promotes British Values and takes all opportunities to actively promote democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.

Personalised Learning Curriculum (Key Stage 4)

In Years 10 and 11, students study a core curriculum of Careers, English, Maths, PSHEE and Science which is supported by their optional subjects.

As part of our commitment to preparing pupils for life beyond The Grange all of our young people experience at least one day per week at an alternative provision. Here, they can study vocational Level 1 and 2 awards in subjects such as Construction, Mechanics, Small Animal Care and Hospitality amongst a variety of others. We view this as a vital experience as it provides pupils the opportunity to engage with different staff, make new friends and integrate in a new setting where independence is promoted.

The personalised timetables are designed to meet the desired requests of the pupil, statutory requirements of each pupil’s EHCP and views taken from significant stakeholders in young people. The aim of this phase is to personalise the curriculum to meet individual personal needs and engage our learners.

Available Qualifications

  • Art and Design – NCFE Level 1 and 2, GCSE
  • Careers – Entry Level 3 and ASDAN Units
  • Carp Academy – Coaching Award, Open Awards Level 1 in Fisheries Management
  • Catering – NCFE Level 1 and 2
  • Child Care – NCFE Level 1
  • Construction – NCFE Level 1 and 2
  • Creative Craft – VCert
  • Duke of Edinburgh – Bronze Award
  • Employability Skills – Entry Level
  • English – GCSE, Functional Skills, Entry Level
  • Hair and Beauty – NCFE Level 1
  • Horse Riding – Entry Level, Unit Awards
  • Hospitality – NCFE Level 1 and 2, BTEC Level 2




  • ICT – NCFE Level 1 & 2 Interactive Media, Level 1 & 2 Open Award, Functional Skills
  • Learning to Learn – NCFE Level 1
  • Maths – GCSE, Functional Skills, Entry level
  • Mechanics – NCFE Level 1 and 2
  • Outdoor Education – Bikeability, First Aid Qualification, Cycle Maintenance, NiCASA Climbing qualifications, BBA Boxing Awards
  • P.E. – GCSE Short Course
  • PSHEE – ASDAN Units
  • Science – BTEC Level 1 and 2
  • Small Animal Care – NCFE Level 1 and 2
  • Wider Key Skills

Vocational and Careers Guidance

The Grange Therapeutic School endeavours to provide all pupils with a range of opportunities to participate in a vocational environment. A clear vocational philosophy exists at Key Stage 4 as careers guidance is encouraged as part of a whole school approach in education, care and therapy.

To provide our pupils with the best possible opportunities, we provide careers as a discrete subject earning accreditation through Entry Level. We are currently developing our careers curriculum to include further ASDAN Units. Our focus in Key Stage 4 is to prioritise the importance of college and work experience. Through a variety of successful links with alternative provisions and businesses, we can provide bespoke learning packages unique to an individual pupil’s needs. Where possible, we aim to promote independence through opportunities to learn how to travel and limited supervision at work experience.

To support our alternative pathways, we organise and transport pupils to college open days and interviews. Further advice is also offered via Connexions and Independent Careers Advisors. Through these agencies, all pupils will experience a mock interview and will receive feedback which is used to create a pupil action plan. Pupils will gain consistent advice from all staff who liaise with parents to aid transition and support pupil development.

It is the aim of the school that all pupils should leave the school with a suitable placement. The aim is for all Year 11 pupils to actively apply for college placements, training schemes or jobs whilst in their final year.