Curriculum

As a school, we believe that education is about teaching children the knowledge, skills and values they will require to be effective life-long learners who are empowered to make decisions, within a complex and ever-changing world, so that they are able to positively adapt and lead successful and happy lives. The curriculum at Atkinson House School underpins our vision to have an ‘Ethos of Excellence’. The curriculum is designed to make sure students feel valued and respected so that they in turn learn to value those around them and develop an acute sense of social responsibility. Our curriculum is driven by consistent expectations and outstanding learning experiences. The high quality support we provide and bespoke curriculum pathways offer the opportunity for all young people to achieve their academic and personal best. We offer:

A ‘practical’ curriculum that embraces the social and cultural world around our pupils and challenges them to broaden their personal horizons. We aim to provide learning experiences to promote social awareness, creativity, employability and acceptance of local and wider cultures. We enhance aspirations and link learning to career choices, experiences of work, independence and personal need. 

An ‘academic-rich’ curriculum which ensures all pupils are challenged to achieve their personal best on a pathway and level that meets their needs and aspirations. High quality literacy provision is central to all our pupils’ developmental needs and plays a crucial role in all subject areas.

A ‘Broad and Balanced’ Curriculum that recognises the importance of literacy, numeracy and ICT but also embraces the need for practical engagement that builds both resilience and confidence; the arts, sport, outdoor and adventurous activities, creative and work-based learning is driven throughout all stages of our pupils learning journey.

A ‘Whole Child’ Curriculum which embeds personal development and wellbeing into all aspects of learning. We ensure that pupils recognise the impact of attendance, conduct and learning behaviours on achievement. A high quality welfare support structure aims to support all our pupils to grow the ability to build self-confidence and self-motivation. Our pupils are encouraged to recognise the impact of their choices, as we support them to seek help, challenging prejudice and raise personal awareness of their own and others’ health and wellbeing.

Our aim, through our curriculum, is to develop young people: 

  • who are not disadvantaged by the social context in which they live;

  • who have the confidence, resilience and knowledge to stay mentally healthy;

  • who have high expectations of self and an ambitious vision for their future;

  • who have a work ethic in them achieving, and exceeding, their academic potential;

  • who are happy and have a desire to pursue a healthy, active lifestyle;

  • who are respectful, tolerant and empathetic towards the values and beliefs of others;

  • who are self-aware and know their own strengths through reviewing and evaluating their progress; and

  • who are capable of making informed decisions and are aware of their rights and responsibilities.

 

Curriculum Design

Our well-planned curriculum is fluid and tailored to meet the needs of our pupils and combat the social disadvantage experienced by a significant number of our pupils. Our curriculum offers a range of options, which we believe will broaden rather than narrow the offer at different stages in a pupil’s progression through school. We aim to remove barriers to learning for our pupils and support learning through a wide range of interventions. 

We have a strong focus on English, Maths, Literacy, Numeracy and Phonics because we believe these subjects and skills enhance life chances. English and Maths are at the heart of success in learning. Success in English and Maths qualifications is essential as these are the main facilitating subjects which empower students to access further education, employment and apprenticeships. We place great emphasis on these subject areas and provide additional support to students when they need it; particularly around phonics. This includes encouraging reading and numeracy skills. We want students to be enthusiastic readers as a springboard to achievement in the curriculum but also as a source of pleasure and lifelong learning.

We provide curriculum breadth with teaching of computing, food technology, art and humanities in years 7 to 9 as a core offer. In years 10 and 11 we offer a broad range of vocational and academic subjects including, but not exclusive to, Health and Social care, Duke of Edinburgh, Construction and Motor Vehicle Maintenance.

Years 7, 8 and 9 Curriculum

Core Subject Offer

Number of 50 Minute 

Lessons per Week

English

4

Maths

4

Science

2

Computing

1

Art

2

Food

2

Forest School

2

Humanities

2

P.E.

2

Years 10 and 11 Curriculum

Core Subject Offer

Number of 50 Minute 

Lessons per Week

English (Entry Level / Functional Skills / GCSE)

5

Maths (Entry Level / Functional Skills / GCSE)

5

Science

3

Computing

1

Art

1

Food

2

Forest School

2

P.E.

2 

Guided Options (8 x 50 Minute Lessons per Week)

Monday and Thursday

 

GCSE Art 

City & Guilds Construction

Duke of Edinburgh 

BTEC Health and Social Care

BTEC Home Cooking Skills

NOCN ICT

Tuesday and Wednesday

 

Duke of Edinburgh

BTEC Horse Care

City & Guilds Motor Vehicle Maintenance

GCSE P.E.

NCFE P.E. (Vocational)

GCSE Photography