Our curriculum really has to ‘fit’ with the needs and aspirations of our individual Post 16 population. It has to be an interesting, stimulating and motivating. It needs to be forward thinking and contemporary whilst underpinning the traditional modes of a sound education. There has to be a balance for the student in terms of what is on offer daily and week by week; a combination of perhaps more formal literacy/numeracy aspects with more relaxed leisure options. Each and every lesson needs to offer relevant outcomes based on each individual students interests and aspirations.
To this end, we currently offer a range of 6 options in our morning sessions and 6 in the afternoon. Initially, students are offered a timetable that is based around a broad and balanced range of subjects; based upon needs, interests and aspirations. As time progresses students are encouraged to negotiate aspects of their timetable and adapt it to match their changing needs. Clearly, this is tempered with a common sense approach, otherwise some students may choose to have a narrow range of experiences and as such would not benefit from 'real life' positive or negative choice learning experiences.
Generally, our curriculum can be divided into 3 main groups:
- Core subjects, including Literacy, PSHCE, Computing and Maths
- Individual interests, including Media Studies, Ravenscliffe News, Work Related Learning, Home Management and Independent Travel
- Leisure options, such as Swimming, Fitness, Bowling, Rambling, Art, Dance and Aromatherapy.
In the Post 16 Centre students are aged between 16 and 19 and are split into 3 year groups; Years 12, 13 and 14. Pastoral groups are staffed according to individual need and certain subjects within the curriculum such as Independent Travel, Springboard and some leisure options, may need additional support to ensure a successful learning experience is had by individual students. Each student is assigned to a pastoral group consisting of a pastoral teacher and support staff. Day to day issues are addressed by the team. The pastoral teacher is the first point of contact for parents or carers about any issues concerning a student. Home School Diaries are used discretionally and school uniform is not compulsory, students are expected to wear smart casual clothes.