Archers Brook School Curriculum
The aim of our curriculum is to respond to the individual needs of our pupils by designing an engaging curriculum that recognises and rewards success and works to ensure that the pupil is prepared as possible for the next stage of their education and life. It therefore has as a primary focus, sound subject teaching that forms a basis for successful progression of the learner.
Key Stage 3 Curriculum
Pupils in key stage 3 follow a timetable that is very similar to the majority of secondary schools this enables new pupils who enter into the school and any pupils who are returning to a main stream school a more supportive and easier transition. The majority of lessons are in 30 minute sessions, these are doubled for the more practical subjects.
Key Stage 4 Curriculum
All pupils follow the Foundation Learning curriculum, this means that as a minimum they will gain qualifications in Literacy, Numeracy, ICT, a vocational qualification and PSD (Personal and Social Development). However the majority of our pupils work towards further qualifications in science, art, construction, catering, horticulture and sport and recreation and leave our school with 8 different qualifications equivalent to 10 plus GCSE’s. These qualifications are offered at both level 1 and 2. Some of these are completed in after school clubs attended voluntarily by our pupils.
The curriculum is also designed to facilitate groups of pupils to attend other planned activities and visits which promote spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development e.g. kayaking, mountain biking, local farms, art galleries etc. Many of these are used by pupils to help them gain their PSD award.
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For the Archers Brook School Curriculum - Rationale (see document below)