Our Curriculum Approach

The school promotes and supports the development of independence, self-esteem and confidence for each young person.

Our curriculum approach involves providing:

  • a high level of structure
  • low arousal environment with clearly defined areas for group and individual work
  • visual strategies
  • specific communication programmes
  • positive behaviour support programmes
  • person-centred learning
  • real life learning opportunities within a framework that is flexible, safe and responsive to individual needs
  • opportunities to enable and empower children and young people to identify and work towards their personal aspirations

Our curriculum is based on five Engagement Values – Exploration, Realisation, Anticipation, Persistence and Initiation.

Click here to view our Curriculum Policy

You can access more detailed information about our individualised approach to curriculum by clicking on each key stage in the menu on the left.






I think your school and staff are amazing – you have wowed me!

Parent November 2020


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