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COVID-19 Update October 2021

Meet The Teacher 11th November 2021

Emergency, Out of Hours number: 07519 130641

Secondary Phase

Phase Leader: Sarah Brooks

Head of Key Stage 3: Claire Shottesbrooke

Head of Key Stage 4: Kevin Hughes

Secondary Department

The Secondary Department provides pupils with the opportunity to make the best possible progress from their individual start point in a safe and nurturing environment. Pupils are taught in class groups formed to meet their learning needs whilst remaining in their relevant Key Stage. Class groups then access one of two differentiated currciula: formal or semi-formal with Schemes of Work which are further differentiated at class level

The formal curriculum delivers content differentiated to each pupils learning needs and styles whilst maintaining discrete National Curriculum subjects. This ensures pupils are prepared for the next stage of their development for example; attendance at college post-16. The learning environment builds on pupils first hand experiences and pre-existing knowledge base, giving access to accreditations including Entry Level and Functional Skills.

The semi-formal curriculum delivers content adapted to pupils more complex learning needs through a holistic, Development Matters based, approach. This ensures pupils can develop their early learning and play skills whilst receiving a broad and balanced curriculum linked to the National Curriculum.

Transition to Post 16 provisions

Pupils in Secondary transition to different educational settings including our own Post 16 provision and local colleges (July 2020: Langley college and West London Community College).

Accreditation in Secondary

Through the formal curriculum, pupils with moderate learning needs, are prepared for the next step in their educational development through the delivery of functional Maths and English skills and life skills including careers, travel training and household activities. Where appropriate, pupils will take accreditations that support them in their next step including (September 2020 cohort):

· AQA Entry Level in Maths, English, ICT and Personal and Social Development.

· Functional Skills in Maths and English

· The ASDAN Personal Development Programme develops pupils skills in six areas: Teamwork, Learning, Coping with Problems, Use of Maths, Use of English and Use of ICT.

Through the semi-formal curriculum, pupils with severe learning difficulties including those accessing our Autism, are prepared for the next step in their educational development through the delivery of exploration based learning. This includes life skills covering personal care and knowing who can help and support them to stay safe both at school and in the community. Where appropriate, pupils take an accreditation to support them in their next step (September 2020 cohort):

· ASDAN Transition Challenge developing their understanding of making choices, feeling good, moving forward and change and taking the lead.

Latest News

Library Grand Opening

The new Learning Library was officially opened with a special ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday 23rd September. Pupils at the school entered a competition to win the honour of cutting the ribbon at the opening event. The winning entry was chosen …

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Successful STEM Launch

STEM Launch July saw the  launch of our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) curriculum initiative. All pupils across the school took part in a STEM project, in which they had to design a future mode of transport which can be …

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Another fantastic workshop

On Tuesday 25th May, we hosted an online Toilet Training workshop for parents and carers of pupils at Arbour Vale School. The workshop was delivered by specialist bladder and bowel Nursery Nurses from The Continence Advisory Service. Thank you to …

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Fantastic feedback

Over the past six weeks, we have been hosting a ‘Time Out for Special Needs?’ workshop. The sessions were held on Zoom for our unique community. Throughout the course we saw parents and carers grow in confidence and explore new …

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