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Upper School Curriculum

Upper School – Key Stage 3 & 4 & Post 16 Transition Curriculum (Key Stage 3)

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 transition and as little stress put onto the boys as possible. 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.

 

 

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Students in Year 8/9 study a common curriculum consisting of Art, Carp Academy, Catering, English, Geography, History, ICT, Maths, Music, PE, Performing Arts, PSHE, Science and Technology.

In addition to the core curriculum, students are given the opportunity for accreditation at Unit Award/Entry Level in Maths, English and PE as well as Level 1 NCFE and Entry Level Unit Awards qualifications in Art and Level 1 NCFE Interactive Media. The final half term of Year 9 is geared towards preparing the students for the transition to KS4 and the start of their GCSE courses. Pupils at this stage are able to make the choices to personalise their learning for the beginning of Year 10. These choices run for one year and are then reviewed at the end of Year 10.

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.

 

Lower School Curriculum

Lower School – Nurture and Key Stage 1 & 2

Our Nurture pupils develop essential speaking and listening skills in a variety of situations. Through the introduction of letters and sounds they begin to establish the building blocks for reading, which is reinforced through one-to-one reading sessions, along with some reading and spelling ICT programmes.

 

 

 

 

 

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6 out of 6 pupils

who were entered, achieved a GCSE English qualification (100%)

4 out of 5 pupils

who were entered, achieved a GCSE Maths qualification (80%)

6 out of 6 pupils

who were entered, achieved a GCSE Science qualification (100%)

 

We believe in our young people developing skills in mathematics through active learning. This includes counting, sorting, matching, seeking patterns, making connections, recognising relationships and working with numbers, shapes and measures.

Young people develop the skills that help them make sense of the world by following our very own Nurture Curriculum that was written within the school with the help of Dr Tina Rae. This curriculum is heavily based around the five principles of SEAL (social and emotional aspects of learning).

The Nurture curriculum is delivered in our Nurture bases, and offers a curriculum delivered via nurturing principles and the development of a social and emotional skills programme. The pupils participate in weekly cooking lessons and also go out on weekly half day Outdoor Education trips learning skills including walking and map reading.

We believe that the Nurture programme develops skills in such a way that it is more likely to ensure academic success.

Our Statement of Purpose

“Discover potential, enjoy success, prepare for life.”

To make a referral or for more information contact our headteacher Bob Batten

Personalised Learning Curriculum (Key Stage 4)

In Years 10 and 11, students study a core curriculum of Careers, English, Functional Skills, ICT, Maths, PSHEE and Science and then have the option to personalise their learning by choosing four of the following: Art and Design, Carp Academy, Catering, Duke of Edinburgh Award, Environmental Science, Geography, History, Horticulture, ICT, International Studies, Music Technology, Outdoor Education, PE, Sailing, Sport’s Leaders Award and Youth Award Scheme. This allows the students to achieve in each of their core subjects and also gives them the opportunity to greatly personalise their learning.

In addition to these subjects, students complete work across the curriculum towards their Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) qualification. This qualification allows out pupils to improve skills such as;

  • Working with others
  • Improving their own learning
  • Performance and problem solving

 

This helps to prepare them for the next stage of their education when they leave The Grange Therapeutic School.

At this stage, pupils have the opportunity to attend one of our local colleges to complete various Level 1 Certificates and Diplomas. These courses include Catering, Construction, ICT, Motor Mechanics and Painting & Decorating.

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

 

Developmental Curriculum (Key Stages 1 and 2)

This curriculum will be offered to pupils joining the school between years 3 – 7 and will enable re-engagement through a thematic approach. Within these years students study a common curriculum comprising of timetabled lessons in Art, Carp Academy, Catering, Computing, Literacy, Music, Numeracy, PE, SEAL, Science, French and Topic (containing History, Geography and RE).

 

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The Developmental Curriculum is introduced and developed on a thematic, topic based curriculum and incorporates all core subjects and follows the KS1 (where applicable) and KS2 National Curriculum objectives to ensure all areas are covered. Alongside this thematic approach, discrete intervention to support learning in numeracy and literacy will focus on pupils being able to catch up and fill in gaps in their learning. All core and foundation subjects are based on the National Curriculum, which are created and planned around the term’s topic. The plans are differentiated within each class so that every student’s needs are catered for. These are being created so that plans will be available on a three-year cycle to ensure that no student repeats any area of the curriculum. Each teacher produces short-term lesson plans from these medium term plans. Every pupil at Lower School has access to Speech and Language therapy and will be assessed by our Speech and Language therapist.

We develop realistic targets for all pupils from our assessments, data and experience that allows us to support the key learning needs of each individual to allow them to progress across the curriculum.

Personalised Learning Curriculum (Key Stage 4)

In Years 10 and 11, students study a core curriculum of Careers, English, Functional Skills, ICT, Maths, PSHEE and Science and then have the option to personalise their learning by choosing four of the following: Art and Design, Carp Academy, Catering, Duke of Edinburgh Award, Environmental Science, Geography, History, Horticulture, ICT, International Studies, Music Technology, Outdoor Education, PE, Sailing, Sport’s Leaders Award and Youth Award Scheme. This allows the students to achieve in each of their core subjects and also gives them the opportunity to greatly personalise their learning.

In addition to these subjects, students complete work across the curriculum towards their Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) qualification. This qualification allows out pupils to improve skills such as working with others, improving their own learning and performance and problem solving. This helps to prepare them for the next stage of their education when they leave The Grange Therapeutic School.

At this stage, pupils have the opportunity to attend one of our local colleges to complete various Level 1 Certificates and Diplomas. These courses include Catering, Construction, ICT, Motor Mechanics and Painting & Decorating.

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

 

 

Experiences and Opportunities

Outside the classroom

The school offers its pupils an excellent range of opportunities outside of the classroom.

The well developed and resourced Outdoor Education programme is well received by the boys and gives them an opportunity to have a go at an exciting range of activities including:
  • Mountaineering
  • Climbing (indoors and outdoors)
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sailing
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Orienteering
  • Hill walking
  • Duke of Edinburgh award

All pupils have the opportunity to go on one of our annual residential trips and expeditions that reach far and wide. To date, the boys have been to The Outer Hebrides, North Wales, West Wales, The Lake District and Central France. These visits enable the staff and boys to develop the close relationships that form the key component of our successful work and mutual respect.