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Alternative Learning and Enrichment

The holistic approach to education for our students is achieved through a carefully designed Alternative Learning and Enrichment Programme. Throughout the key stages, the activities are placed within the timetable to provide necessary social and vocational stimuli to enable our students to reach their full potential.

Key Stage 2 and 3

Within the younger key stages, the focus is on the development of personal and inter-personal skills which help our students with coping with the pressures they face at home and at school in a constructive, positive and empowering way.  The activities we offer help the students develop the skills of teamwork, problem solving, resilience, independence and leadership. The most popular activities accessed by our students are: fishing, BMX-ing, bouldering, equine therapy, nature sessions, wakeboarding, snowboarding and boxing. The benefits of developing these skills have a great impact on our students’ wellbeing and outcomes whilst at the school as well as on their general development as young adults in society.

Key Stage 4

As the students get older, more emphasis is put on preparing them for the transition into adulthood with vocational and individualised small group activities. An example of this would be accredited cooking provisions for students interested in cooking, or mechanics college placements for those interested in mechanics. All the alternative learning and enrichment is mapped to selected ASDAN qualifications enabling the Key Stage 4 students to develop an accredited portfolio of work within Independent Living, Personal Finance, Vocational and Citizenship areas.

The alternative learning sessions broaden our students’ awareness on preparing to work in a professional environment, showing and helping them develop the necessary skills, ethics and attitude to become a positive member of society.

The Outreach Programme

The Outreach Programme as part of the school’s commitment to identify and nurture our students’ academic journey is directed at those students who have difficulty accessing the curriculum in a classroom setting. Those students benefit from 1:1 outreach sessions that take place at an agreed venue, which can be the local library or the student’s home.

The Outreach Programme is tailored to the individual needs of our students, including their learning, social and emotional needs and follows the school’s schemes of work, so that the students can be reintegrated into the main school setting at any point during the academic year. The outreach students have also access to therapy, they will be part of the Alternative Learning Programme and the school trips and activities to help them with their social, emotional and independent life skills.

Work Experience

As students enter Key Stage 4, they have the opportunity to undertake work experience placements which are organised through the school. Working with trusted businesses that understand the unique nature of our students we are able to provide relevant and effective placements benefitting the students and helping them learn about chosen industries and gain real world experience.