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Welcome to Key Stage 4 (Age 14-16)


The College Phase have implemented the new National Curriculum 2014, as part of an overall School curriculum that focuses on life/Key skills and is embedded across the timetable. This is supplemented by sensory and therapeutic resources to allow learners to self-regulate and access learning.

Within each subject, learners follow our Themes and Skills Programmes which are aligned to the framework, but are suitably flexible and differentiated to meet their wide range of abilities, needs, and learning styles. Those with most complex needs will use the programmes as a vehicle to promote communication, self-help and independence, together with access to the community and sensory learning opportunities.


All students will study the Core / Foundation subjects within this framework, plus one subject from each of the four entitlement areas – The Arts, Design and Technology, The Humanities, and Modern Foreign Languages (via cultural experiences).In addition, all students in Key Stage 4 will study PSHE (including Sex Education),  Citizenship, Work Related Learning, and Religious Education as part of the overall School curriculum, but differentiated to meet the abilities of the student.


Reading skills are a key focus, with access to set reading schemes from age appropriate books, and dedicated reading/phonics sessions in tutor time.  Auditory books, iPads and Kindles, photo stories and other visual methods such as Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), give similar opportunities to students with higher levels of need.


All students, whatever their levels of ability, take some accredited qualifications within the OCR Life and Living Skills framework.  Credits gained from completed modules will be accumulated from year 10 to take forward into future learning beyond school.


We also use other qualification providers, such as Edexcel and AQA, and run a certified numeracy course under the Personal Finance Education Group (Pfeg) framework.


From year 11, students may have access to a school / College link and a work experience placement, if this is appropriate.

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