Key Stage 4 caters for school years 10 and 11
The classes in Key Stage 4 are small teams led by a teacher and supported by LSAs (Learning Support Assistants) who know our learners well. As our learners move into KS4, they are becoming young adults and so we begin to help them plan their futures, preparing them for the transition into the new settings they will encounter after they leave school.
Learners follow a differentiated Learning Pathway which helps them realise their potential to live fulfilled lives whatever their abilities. Each pathway - Teal, Orange and Purple - consists of accredited courses from recognised and relevant qualifying bodies - WJEC, Edexcel, BCS and Agored - in the core skills of literacy, numeracy, Science and ICT, plus a wider curriculum in communication, personal and social development, work-related education, enterprise, citizenship and independent living.
All learners are encouraged to make choices and decisions about their own lives and learning. For part of the week, learners join different groups to follow courses of their choosing which includes Design Technology, Art, Music, Photography, Bike Maintenance, Film and Media, Radio Broadcasting, Catering, Hair and Beauty, Animal Care and many more.
These courses tend to have a vocational focus and help students understand the world of work. They will take part in their first work tasters during their time with us in KS4, some going out into the community, others taking up opportunities within school. Our own coffee shop gives learners the opportunity to develop their work skills in a familiar setting and to practise their social communication skills in a supported environment.
All classes take part in sport and PE activities for one afternoon a week, trying out a range of activities which help with their overall physical development. We are lucky to be supported in this by our in house occupational therapy and physical curriculum teams as well as Disability Sport, specialist coaches and outside agencies.
Our more sensory learners continue to have access to a fantastic range of specialist and adapted resources, a complete suite of sensory rooms, a hydrotherapy pool, UV studio, Touch Therapy, music therapy, aromatherapy and other sensory interventions and are supported by dedicated staff teams striving to create the best learning opportunities for them.
As a Department, we have the highest aspirations for our learners and use a blend of innovative and traditional approaches to get the best from them and each other. Our approach at all levels is inclusive, creative, practical and pupil-centred. From student authored e-books to i-gaze technology, our aim is to develop, identify, record and celebrate the outstanding progress made by our learners at all levels.