Our curriculum is ambitious and has a strong focus on academic knowledge. The reason for this is that before their mental health breakdown many of our students showed high levels of academic ability. Although our curriculum is based on knowledge, we also teach a strong life skills strand alongside with students gaining AQA Action Awards or completing diplomas and certificates in areas of personal interest. All students complete a cognitive abilities test and further research is made into their learning style. We use this information to design a programme in which they have a say and which progressively increases from an inital high amount of therapy, to less therapy and more academics as their mental health improves. Students with additional SEN diagnosis or needs complete the same testing, and we are ambitious for all our students. We run a strong interventions offer and much of our teaching is actually 1:1 or small group tuition. Every week the SLT debates any proposed changes to an individual's or group curriculum with suggestions for changes coming from teachers, professionals or indeed the students themselves. In this way our curriulum remains bespoke and relevant to the student, thus reducing their anxiety around learning.
See policies and curricula below - we are happy to share detailed Medium Term Plans upon request. Please see the TAB to your left for secondary overviews
The above is further enhanced by the additional PSME 'Philosophy, Sociology, Morality and Ethics' as laid down in the curriculum maps for each dual year.
In addition to the above, because art is so therapeutic, each year group curriculum map includes additional art projects and also details of visiting craftspeople. We are able to teach ART to GCSE following either the 'fine arts' 'installation art' or 'photography' OCR syllabus as laid out on their website.
SOURCES OF HELP
These services are not associated with us. We are not responsible for the quality of service they provide, we are recommending them based on the positive experiences of some young people known to us. By inclusion in this list nor are we suggesting that we are in any way affiliated with these servcies.
ANXIETY UK - Support, online counselling, magazine, advice
Text line: 07537416905
Info line: 03444775774
A magazine packed full of useful articles around not just ASD, but the mental health aspects associated with it - fascinating reading and lots of signalling to specialist support.
Website provides support for young people, professionals and parents. Young people who feel they are having a mental health crisis can get instant emergency support by texting YM to 85258
OCD UK - advice, online counselling, support and magazine. Dedicated youth services.
PAPYRUS - suicide prevention young people's hotline 0800 068 41 41
An eating disorder support service - smaller than some of the bigger associations, but specifically aimed at young people.