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.

There are some aspects to our curriculum that are similar to many mainstream schools but class sizes are smaller and staff to student ratios are higher. In addition, we also provide lessons during which pupils have the opportunity to learn and practice the skills needed in order to fully access and enjoy life in school and beyond.

The timetabled curriculum at Key Stage 3 (years 7, 8 and 9) includes English, Maths, Understanding Our World (Science, Humanities, Computing and Religion and Ethics), Art, Design and Technology (Textiles and Resistant materials), PSHE, Performing Arts (Music and Dance), Physical Education (including swimming), Social skills and Passport for Life (Home economics and Outdoor learning).

The curriculum at Key Stage 4 (years 10 and 11) provides many individual learning pathways for our students. All students study English, Maths, Understanding Our World (Science, Humanities and Religion and Ethics), PSHE, Performing Arts (Dance), Physical Education (including swimming) and Work Related Learning. In addition, through the use of option blocks students can follow courses in Art and Design and Photography or they may complete units from a range of BTEC vocational specifications or Skills for Independence and Work. The units available provide opportunities for study at college or with students from other schools. A programme of activities that leads towards the Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award is also a key part of the Key Stage 4 programme. This is key in providing further opportunities for students to practice and extend their wider social skills.

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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