Key Stage 4 has a person-centred functional curriculum that supports students to utilise the skills they have acquired as they have progressed through the school and apply them in practical, real life situations.
Students are supported in a culture of respect to begin to explore their future, developing independence and decision-making skills. Students have a core curriculum and are then supported to choose other subjects: these include; cookery; horse riding; karate; health and beauty; art; gardening; gym; rural skills; walking; media; outdoor education; textiles; music and drama.
All subjects are based on either the Edexcel or BTEC suite of qualifications and the units followed are taken from the functional skills and entry pathways. Students may be entered for external moderation and accreditation, if appropriate including BTEC’s Home Cooking Skills and Construction & Land-Based Studies, and the Duke of Edinburgh award.
Students explore the world of work through either on site work-related learning or work experience and placements, including Pizza Hut, Morrisons, Crealy Park, local community cafés, community centres and charity shops.
Social skills are developed and embedded through a variety of residential opportunities which take place each year. These have included trips to Paris, Poole, The Calvert Trust, skiing, and the National Trust Bunk House working alongside the local Rangers. Upper school students are given the opportunity to attend a Summer Ball at the end of each year, giving them the chance to experience a key life event like their mainstream peers.