Curriculum Statement

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The curriculum at Alfriston School provides an experience that is broad and balanced and reflects individual pupils learning needs. We enable our pupils to meet their full educational potential, to make progress in their learning, their behaviour and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Our curriculum is broadly similar to many mainstream schools but class sizes are smaller and have higher staff to student ratios. All of our staff are experienced in teaching students with a range of special educational needs.

The timetabled curriculum at Key Stage 3 (years 7, 8 and 9) includes English, Maths, Science, Computing, Art, Design and Technology, PSHE, Performing Arts, Physical Education (which includes opportunities to swim), Religion and Ethics, History and Geography. A life skills course is also taught. At the start of the each term parents receive a curriculum overview which outlines the areas of study for each year group and each curriculum area.

The curriculum at Key Stage 4 (years 10 and 11) provides many individual learning pathways for our students. Students can gain qualifications in English, Mathematics, Science, Art and Photography either at GCSE or Entry Level Certificate. In addition through the use of option blocks students work towards BTEC foundation level qualifications in either vocational studies, specific sectors and/or skills for independence and work. We also have colleges and other institutions that provide opportunities within this framework. The curriculum at Key Stage 4 also gives pupils the opportunity to continue to develop their life skills and to work towards the Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award. In the sixth form the opportunity to extend this to the Silver Award is also provided.

All Key Stage 4 students have an opportunity to take part in Work Experience placements and they receive careers guidance.

At Key Stage 5 (years 12 and 13) the focus is on ensuring ease of transition to the next stage of each students’ education or employment. As a result pathways are even more individualized with the emphasis being on the use and development of skills in context. Students are offered work experience placements, college link courses and the chance to continue working towards BTEC vocational qualifications or skills for independence and work according to individual needs.

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