Key Stage and High Needs Information
Key Stage 3
Students in KS3 are in Years 7,8 and 9 and are aged 11-14. Classes sizes vary between 7-10 students and are mixed ability with students from Grove, Forest and Woodland Pathway. There is usually one teacher, one Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA), and one Learning Support Assistant (LSA). Students in Y7 follow a topic based curriculum, and we baseline all students upon entry to the school within the first term. Students in Y8 and Y9 are taught discrete subjects.
Students in KS3 are also assessed for targeted interventions through the support of our LSB, Interventions Base, Music therapy, SALT, OT and Physio. and Advanced learners in English and Maths.
Key Stage 4
Students in Key Stage 4 are in years 9 ,10 and 11. Class sizes vary between 8-9 students. Classes are mixed ability and follow the national curriculum; which is accessed through the Grove, Forest and Woodland pathways. For more information on what those pathways are, please see the pathways section of the website. If you need any further information on which pathway your young person is on, please refer to your young persons' latest school report or contact their class teacher. Students on the Woodland pathway have access to advanced Maths and English sessions. In KS4 Students access ASDAN. ASDAN is an accredited course and there are two levels:
Sensory: this programme offers a developmental perspective for learners with PMLD or who are working below GV level 4/P4 (Those on the Grove pathway) and rewards very small steps of learning and achievement
Introduction and Progression: the activities in this programme cover the statutory programmes of study for the Key Stage 4 National Curriculum, along with activities to develop the skills required for adult living. The students that access this would be those on the Forest and Woodland pathways.
There is usually one teacher, one Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA), and one Learning Support Assistant (LSA) working in a classroom. They are supported by a learning mentor. They support with behavioural, emotional and general wellbeing interventions.
Students in KS4 are also assessed for targeted interventions through the support of our LSB, Interventions Base, Music therapy, SALT, OT and Physio.
Key Stage 5
Students in Key Stage 5 are typically in years 12 to 14. Class sizes vary between 9-12 students. Classes are mixed ability and students access the curriculum through the Grove, Forest and Woodland pathways. In Key Stage 5 there is a focus on functional skills and an emphasis on the wider application of previously learnt skills, as well as Preparation for Adulthood.
The KS5 curriculum is made up of key skills and options courses. Students all take externally accredited AQA unit awards in Maths, English, ICT and their options modules. Options courses are cross-curricular, vocational and focused on interesting adult subject matter that extends our young people’s skills and knowledge whilst also facilitating student choices. Woodland students also work towards an ASDAN Personal Social Development award.
Students in Key Stage 5 have regular enrichment opportunities including; swimming, a multi skills craft class run by Lewisham Adult Learning, Key Stage Forum Meeting, trampolining, volunteering opportunities at the Lewisham Food Bank and Hope Church Elderly Lunch.
Students in KS5 are also assessed for targeted interventions through the support of our LSB, Interventions Base, Music therapy, SALT, OT and Physio.
Students in our High Needs class (Glade Pathway) are in Years 7-14. Classes sizes are a maximum of 6 students.There is usually one teacher, one Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA), and two Learning Support Assistants (LSAs). Students follow a highly structured timetable, and are taught through a differentiated curriculum.
Students onto the Glade Pathway in KS4 and KS5 also take accredited course including ASDAN Transition Challenge and AQA Pre-Entry Level Unit Awards.
If you would like any more information please contact us and we will be happy to discuss any questions you have.