Curriculum

The curriculum at Alfriston enables our pupils to meet their full educational potential, to make progress in their learning, their behaviour and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development

Curriculum Statement

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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Click on the following links to see more detailed termly curriculum information for each year group:

Post-16 Studies - Aims Of The Course

The course is to develop independence and skills for life in a safe transition between school, college and work.

Post 16 provides a safe, secure, sociable learning environment in which students are able to develop key skills, at their own pace, in order to become more equipped for independence when they leave Alfriston. Students follow a programme that stretches them, prepares them for adulthood, and supports their progression into work or further study.

Post 16 students pursue individual pathways in learning. Each student follows a learning pathway to meet their own individual needs. Examples of learning opportunities are as follows:

  • Work Experience – A whole day off site
  • Community Visits – Out and about locally
  • College Link Courses
  • Careers/Personal and Social Development
  • Literacy and Numeracy
  • Tutorials
  • Access to Library facilities at school
  • Physical Education, Leadership and Fitness
  • Enterprise / Textiles / Art
  • Home Management
  • Annual off site residential experience

Post-16 Qualifications available include:

  • BTEC Qualifications in Vocational Studies or specific sectors

Entry 3/Level 1

  • BTEC Qualifications Skilled for Life Entry 1/2/3
  • BTEC Qualifications in Personal Progress Entry 1
  • Functional Skills in English Entry 1/2/3 and Level 1
  • Health and Safety at Work Entry 3
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme Bronze and Silver

All students are encouraged to participate fully in every aspect of the Post 16 curriculum and to become part of a close knit team. There is a hardworking atmosphere of achievement. All students are expected to work towards credits in practical, social and independence skills and to take full advantage of every opportunity offered to them.

Application forms for entry to 6th Form are available from Janis Kendal (Post 16 Co-ordinator): Janis.Kendal@alfristonschool.com