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Alternative Curriculum Programmes

For young people who struggle to meet the demands of a full academic curriculum, we offer opportunities to engage in individual, alternative curriculum programmes.

Our vertically grouped KS3 and KS4 ASC classes cater for young people better suited to an environment where change is limited. They are largely taught in a separate building on campus, by the same teacher, to provide familiarity and consistency in order to meet the particular needs of these pupils and help make learning a less stressful activity. However, some subjects are taught by other teachers to meet the needs of students in these areas. Pupils can also use this opportunity to develop coping strategies for change.

We are developing a range of Outdoor and Adventurous Activities through our PE department to enable pupils to learn a range of practical and team working skills outside of the classroom environment and we have two fully trained Level 3 Practitioners for the Forest School Programme.

Forest School

Forest School is an inspirational process that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees. It is a specialised learning approach that sits within, and compliments, the wider context of outdoor and woodland education.

Forest School Principles

  • Forest School is a long term process of regular sessions rather than a one-off or frequent visits; the cycle of planning, observation, adaptation and review links each session.
  • Forest School takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and and the natural world.
  • Forest School uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development and learning.
  • Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
  • Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.
  • Forest School is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice. See the full principles and criteria for good practice.

This ethos creates learning communities where deep-level learning and progression are the norm.

We also engage with other providers who can provide a range of different experiences, accreditations and facilities, on or off site, tailored to individual pupils’ needs.