The Upper School Curriculum is a holistic approach to preparing students for their adult life. Within this we aim to promote;
- Being able to make positive choices
- decision making
- building confidence
- developing self-esteem.
These are covered throughout all aspects of learning and life to enable students to reach their full potential.
Overview of the Upper school Curriculum
The Upper School Curriculum is subject based through a cross curricular approach and is modified to individual learning.
A broad, balanced and relevant curriculum that includes;
- a three year rolling programme with each term having a theme linked to ASDAN PSD accreditation.
- groups for certain subjects such as, e-safety, RSE and P.E (where appropriate).
- use of sports coaches, instructor-led swimming sessions, and other outside professionals provides further expertise and enriches the provision.
- the Behaviour Curriculum, if required, that supports students emotional and mental health.
- access to extra and extended curricular activities within the school day – educational class outings and visits and sporting events .
- residential trips that promote independence and support social development and independence.
- PSHEC and safeguarding that are embedded within the rolling programme to ensure that students learn how to keep themselves safe. This includes online safety.
- work related learning and work experience.
Within the Upper School department, assessment of progress is on-going throughout the year and is recorded using the following assessment;
- Progress files – this evidences the progress of all aspects of the curriculum using a wide range of formats e.g. students work, photographs, teacher annotation, checklists, MAPP etc.
- EHCP targets – these are broken down in to termly targets and reviewed and reported to parents three times a year
- MAPP – allows progress to be recorded for individualised targets. It can record lateral progress
- Greenbox and CASPA – This provides the school and governors with comparative data. All students are base lined when entering school and are then assessed twice a year
- Behaviour Curriculum/Sleuth – recording and assessment of behaviours as and when required
Accreditation and Qualifications
Every student in Years 9, 10 and 11 will access either an accredited course or a qualification to suit their individual needs. These are as follows:
- ASDAN – Sensory Transition Challenge
- ASDAN – Transition Challenge
- ASDAN – Personal and Social Development
- Pearson Edexcel - Functional Skills – in Maths and English at level 1 and 2.
Within the Upper School Department each student is given the opportunity to access work experience and/or work related learning tailored to their individual needs. The opportunities offered are as follows;
- ‘In school’ work experience for years 8 and 9 students and those students in year 10 and 11 who need more support This includes office work, café, supporting in Lower School, transport, upper school library, school council etc.,
- Class based work related learning activities to promote independence and life skills,
- Work experience within the local community for years 10 and 11 e.g. Teckles dog rescue, The Ship Inn and City Farm,
- The opportunity to go to Stroud ambitions event for year 8 and 9 students,
- Mock interviews are carried out for years 10 and 11 students,
- Access to the Entrepreneur day for years 10 and 11 students,
- Supported links with careers advisors from ‘The Forwards Team’
- Peer mentoring project etc.
In Year 10 and/or 11 all students are initially assessed by their local college, Stroud or Gloscol, in order to gauge the most appropriate placement for Post 16. Those students who would require more support may move on to a more specialised setting, such as The Apperley Centre.
Throughout Years 10 and 11 all students will be offered link days to the Post 16 setting that they will be most likely to be transitioning to. These links are supported by a member of staff from school.