Residential SEMH and Autism School in Cheshire
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Intent 

The curriculum intent is to engage all pupils with education in a positive way. It will develop their confidence and aspirations for the future irrespective of their entry point and SEND. The curriculum is designed to give pupils a wide and varied range of learning experiences sequenced at each key stage, to develop their academic, social and emotional ability in both familiar and new environments. This is intended to raise self-esteem, challenge pupils at an appropriate level and to help them enjoy learning whilst achieving positive outcomes.  As pupils progress through the school the overall intent is to guide them to be educated citizens by preparing pupils successfully for adulthood, the workplace and the demands of a 21st century society.

Implementation 

A high rate of progress is achieved by ensuring that staff have the expert knowledge and resources to deliver engaging lessons and that they respond and adapt to deliver differentiated approaches with individuals. Reading is recognised as the key to accessing the full curriculum and is prioritised for all pupils.  The curriculum is sequenced so that new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught before and pupils can work towards clearly defined end points. It will ensure that pupils achieve a range of outcomes including both academic and social and emotional to enable them to make a successful transition to the next phase of their education, training or employment. Targeted programmes of essential skills are implemented for each pupil to develop social and emotional skills over time providing greater access to the curriculum. The personalised curriculum provided at High Peak aims to build on strengths and to reduce barriers to learning within an environment in which pupils feel safe.

Impact

Securing social and emotional knowledge and skills is as equally important as academic achievement. The knowledge and skills the pupils accumulate over time are reflected in their individual outcomes including nationally recognised qualifications, successful vocational experience and positive progress and achievement against personal development targets on their EHCP. The overall impact of the curriculum is based on pupils being successfully prepared for the next phase of their education, training or employment.

Our curriculum is designed to take each individual child or young person’s own educational needs into account and maximise their opportunities for success. There is an extensive range of imaginative learning opportunities which capture and sustain their interest and a range of qualifications including GCSEs are available for study and achievement.

To develop a truly personalised programme we find out the special interests of our children and young people so that we can use it as a hook to help progress both their academic and emotional learning. Such activities have included equine assisted learning, bush craft and music studio work.

We are set in 20 acres of stunning Cheshire countryside and our outdoor education offer includes John Muir Award and Duke of Edinburgh.

View our Curriculum Policy.

KS2 Curriculum

Art & Design Citizenship & Community Participation Drama Emotional Literacy English Geography History ICT John Muir Award Mathematics Modern Foreign Languages Music Physical Education Project Based Learning Religious Education Science Swimming Technology

KS3 Curriculum

Art & Design Bush Craft Citizenship & Community Participation Drama English Geography History ICT Mathematics Modern Foreign Languages Physical Education Project Based Learning PSHRE Religious Education Swimming Technology

KS4 Curriculum

Art & Design Citizenship & Community Participation Creative Arts Duke of Edinburgh English Humanities ICT Internal & External Work Experience Mathematics Physical Education PSHRE Science Technology Work Related Learning