At High Well we provide a curriculum that has been carefully designed to fulfil our school ethos of Preparing for Positive Futures. The curriculum has been developed to ensure our pupils progress academically, socially and emotionally and leave us equipped with the tools needed to succeed in life.
The majority of pupils at High Well have experienced many changes/disruption to their education from an early age. One of our core aims is to provide stability and a consistent approach to learning. This is achieved through a class teacher/team approach focussing on the development of secure attachments to the adults in the class team.
Within KS3 our pupils follow the National Curriculum in Maths, English, Humanities, Science, PE, Art, Food Technology and Computing. Maths and English are delivered a minimum of 4 times a week to ensure our pupils are secure in essential numeracy and literacy skills. Each class in KS3 has a class teacher and a support team who deliver the majority of lessons. For more specialised subjects such as Science, Art, PE and Food Technology, specialist staff are used alongside the class team.
Our KS4 curriculum is very much focussed on ensuring our pupils fulfil their potential, achieve the qualifications they are capable of, and leave us ready for further education, employment or training. Pupils leave High Well with a range of qualifications including GCSE, Functional Skills, ASDAN and Step Up and Entry Level Certificates. Accreditation will be across a range of subjects including Maths, English, Science, Humanities, PE, ICT, CoPE, Employability and Food Technology. Maths and English are delivered a minimum of 4 times per week at KS4 to ensure that all pupils leave with functional levels of literacy and numeracy. In KS4 support staff remain consistent within each class however in preparation for post 16 provision teaching staff vary and are linked to specific subject areas.
Courses available at KS4:
- GCSE English, Mathematics & Science
- Functional Skills English, Mathematics & ICT at levels 1&2
- Step Up Award English, Mathematics & Science Bronze, Silver & Gold
- BTEC Science & Home Cooking Skills L1 & 2
- ASDAN Personal & Social Development (PSD) Entry Levels 1, 2&3 and Levels 1&2
- Young Sports Leader Award
Social and Emotional Curriculum
In order to be successful in life, all pupils need to leave school with the appropriate social and emotional skills to:
- access and remain in further education, employment or training,
- keep themselves safe
- be able to contribute to society.
It is important at High Well that we equip our pupils with not only the necessary qualifications but also support our pupils to:
- manage and regulate their own feelings and emotions
- develop their resilience
- be able to face new situations and challenges with confidence, not giving up at the first hurdle.
In order to ensure our whole school community is fully immersed in our school ethos we dedicate two lessons a week specifically to Preparing for Positive Futures. These lessons cover a variety of areas with the overall aim being to develop social skills and emotional resilience whilst providing pupils with the knowledge to make safe and informed choices about life in modern Britain. They are delivered by the staff in school alongside other professionals from a range of specialist organisations including, Connexions (careers advice), Change Go Live (substance misuse education) and Spectrum (Relationships and sexual education).
- PSHE national curriculum, including Sex Education
- Careers advice
- SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural development)
- PREVENT strategy (extremism in our society)
- Religious festivals celebrated throughout the world
Pupils have access to alternative provisions which focus on developing social and emotional skills. Wilderness adventures (www.wildernessadventuresltd.co.uk) and RDA (www.rda.org.uk) are two provisions that pupils can access on a weekly basis. Both provisions are away from the school site allowing for the application of social and emotional skills in different contexts and within the local community and are accredited through ASDAN.
Pupils have access to a range of alternative provisions including Reverse the Cycle and Construction.
Reverse the Cycle is a project which involves bicycle maintenance. Not only does it support our pupils to develop new skills which they may utilise outside of school, but also exposes them to learning in an employment style environment with other adults and pupils from different schools and communities.
Construction is another off-site provision at a local secondary school which provides the opportunity for our pupils to learn vocational skills whilst completing the WJEC BTEC Award in Constructing the Built Environment. The course not only provides opportunities for pupils to apply life skills within the local community but also supports them to develop the skills and accreditation required to progress to an appropriate Post 16 provision.
Within Year 11, work placements are undertaken to give pupils a taste of life as an employee. Placements are chosen on the basis of individual needs and interests and are linked to an area where a pupil may want to progress to Post 16.
We work closely with the Partnership Manager at Wakefield College to ensure that the transition to Post 16 is as smooth as possible. Representatives from Wakefield College attend the EHCP review meetings for all Year 11 pupils to support with choosing an appropriate course and ensuring they understand are able to meet individual pupil needs. Pupils also get the opportunity to spend time in college during Year 11 either as part of the PPF lessons or on an individual basis to help them become accustomed to college life and subsequently be successful in their further education. If a pupil is demonstrating readiness for college in Year 10 then it is possible to partake in an early college transfer (ECT) in Year 11 where they spend 3 days per week in college and 2 days per week in school.