Students working above GV8 are on the Woodland Pathway. These students have full access to the national curriculum. Students are generally verbal communicators. 


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

Students study all core and foundation subjects. English and Maths session occur every day, and follow ‘Functional Skills’. Students develop a variety of skills including how to find out information, calculating change when shopping.  Foundation subjects are taught 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.

Daily communication & interaction sessions focus on functional communication and interaction with peers and staff, as well as developing confidence and resilience.

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, 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.

In KS5 students have options twice a week where they choose between 4 options. Ability PSHE groups occur weekly, as well as Preparation for adult life. There is a strong work experience and carers programme.

Advanced groups

Weekly Advanced Maths and Advanced English 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.

Advanced computing – code club. E safety.


KS3 – Arts Award Bronze

KS4 – Functional Skills and ASDAN Transition Challenge

KS5 – Functional Skills and AQA Unit Awards


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

  • Creative arts – for example Royal Opera House opera or ballet, Shakespeare School Festival
  • Community engagement – for example access a local shopping centre via public transport, Community Opera,
  • STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths
  • Physical – for example cycling off site, London Youth Games.  
  • Weekly assembly
  • Termly whole school events
Assessment areas for recording 
  • Cognition and learning
    • English – Functional Skills  
    • Maths – Functional Skills
    • 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