Students working within GV4-GV8 are on the Forest Pathway. These students have full access to the curriculum content, and are engaged in subject specific learning. Students typically communicate using symbols, signs and words.


Students have full access to the national curriculum which is differentiated to meet the needs of each individual learner.

Cognition and learning

Students study all core and foundation subjects. English and Maths session occur every day, and foundation subjects weekly.
MFL in KS3 and KS4 is taught one day per term, and history rotates with Geography ½ term each.
Drama is incorporated into Speaking and Listening.

Communication and Interaction

Daily communication & interaction sessions focus on functional communication and interaction with peers and staff.

Social, emotional and mental health

Students are taught to develop their social, emotional and mental health skills through a differentiated PSHE curriculum, daily mindfulness, and lean to manage their own behaviour.
Students are taught to develop their independence and self-help skills, for example making a hot drink or a snack, tying a shoelace, completing a short task independently.
Students with sensory difficulties follow a daily sensory diet which may include sensory circuits etc.
Students with physical difficulties follow weekly physiotherapy programme and weekly hydrotherapy programme if applicable. All students with physical difficulty should have a change of seating every day.

Advanced groups

Advanced Maths and Advanced English – weekly groups take place for students working within GV8 across KS3 and KS4.

Advanced PE – students who are physically able participate in weekly Advanced PE, focusing on team games and skills.

Advanced PSHE – girls/boys group.

Interventions – if students are identified as not making sufficient progress, an intervention is organised through the iBase. Interventions include Literacy Booster, Maths Booster, Communication, Behaviour and Phonics etc.


KS3 – Arts Award Bronze

KS4 - ASDAN Transition Challenge

KS5 - AQA Unit Awards.


Each student on Forest pathway should have the opportunity throughout their time at Greenvale to experience:

  • Creative arts – for example LPO Bright Sparks Concert, Shakespeare School Festival.
  • Community engagement – for example accessing a local shopping centre, local museum.
  • Physical – for example cycling, sports day  
  • Weekly assembly -
  • Termly whole school events – multi-cultural week, Red Nose Day.

Assessment areas for recording 

 Cognition and learning

  • English – Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening.
  • Maths – Number, Space Shape & Measure, and Using & Applying.
  • Computing.
  • Technology – Science and Design Technology
  • Humanities – History, Geography, RE and MFL.
  • Arts – Music, Art and Drama.

Communication & Interaction

  • Functional communication
  • Social interaction
  • Social, emotional and mental health

Sensory & Physical development – PE

  • Independence and self-help
  • Life skills – PSHE       
  • Behaviour development       
  • Enrichment                                             
  • Other