The Curriculum

Education in our school is designed to reflect a broad and balanced curriculum and is personalised to the specific learning needs of each young person. We aim to teach pupils how to grow into positive, responsible members of society, who can work and co-operate with others whilst developing knowledge and skills to achieve their potential.  Our curriculum is responsive to national initiatives and is regularly reviewed.

We have a commitment to provide equal opportunities and access to the curriculum for all young people in our school.

We try to minimise any disruption to our pupils’ learning whilst they are in hospital and will liaise closely with a young person’s home school or Local Authority to ensure the teaching provided by our school complements their learning.

Teachers promote continuity and progression for all our learners and this is measured in regular assessments during admission.  Our approach to learning means lessons are highly personalised and students will benefit from individual objectives tailored to their needs.

Our classrooms are attractive and well-resourced with access to appropriate Information Technology.

We support parents/carers by liaising closely with them during a young person’s admission to keep them informed of progress and attainment.  We support parents/carers as they seek to identify new placements and can offer advice about recent changes in SEN legislation if necessary.

We host regular creative arts workshops and shows from visiting outreach programmes and plan for numerous educational experiences outside the classroom.  Some highlights have included visits to Shakespeare’s Globe, museums and art galleries, the Royal Opera House, London Zoo and the viewing platform at The Shard.

The school is a registered exam centre and pupils can take national exams whilst in hospital. We prepare students for a wide range of exams whilst they attend our school, from Functional Skills qualifications, through GCSEs, to AS and A2 exams.  Our examinations officer can be contacted at the school office.

Where relevant, we offer opportunities to our pupils for work experience through contacts with local businesses.

Students at all four units have access to our Independent Careers Advice and Guidance service.

Please see below for a set of sample timetables, taken from different units across our school.

PICU Timetable

ITP timetable

Primary and Middle timetable

Secondary-Post 16 timetable

Snowsfields timetable

How we teach reading – Teaching Reading