Curriculum

Curriculum statement 2017-18

Curriculum Objectives

In the context of Windlestone School, the objectives of the curriculum are summarised as follows:

  • to provide, breadth, depth and challenge in all subject areas;
  • to provide balance in that the preference for practical and aesthetic subjects enjoyed by a male dominated SEMH cohort is not compromised by a strong focus on developing core academic skills of maths and English complimented by science and IT;
  • to strongly promote healthy lifestyles tacitly throughout the curriculum and overtly through sports and cooking;
  • to accommodate personalisation and intervention so that individual SEMH needs are addressed;
  • crucially, to support a sense of well- being as an achievement and as an entitlement for all students. 

Overview

At Windlestone School we offer a broad and balanced curriculum which is designed to meet the needs of our students by engaging them in academic learning and developing their life skills. We are an inclusive school and our high quality teaching aims to support every student in making rapid progress from their own starting point. We offer a range of qualifications that gives every Windlestone School student an opportunity to be successful, to have their achievements recognised and to attain nationally recognised qualifications. 

As well as delivering a broad range of traditional academic subjects, opportunities to gain accreditation in practical subjects is also a strong feature of our curriculum.  For example, we offer qualifications in rural science, motor vehicle studies as well as sports and design technology. 

Promotion of healthy lifestyles is another strong feature of the curriculum offer and this area includes:

  • sports/fitness related disciplines such as GCSE PE;
  • food technology/cookery related programmes such as GCSE Food and Nutrition, BTEC Home Cooking Skills, Food Studies ELC, Food Hygiene Certificate
  • personal, social and wellbeing development such as ‘I Can Lead’, Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, Adventure Skills Course and Princes Trust XL programme.

We offer small group learning for all of our students.  Due to the increasing complex needs of our students, we are further developing personalised learning opportunities and therapeutic interventions.  The curriculum is delivered in a purpose built school (2008) which is situated on a near 30 acre site.  We deliver 32 periods per week of which 4 sessions are pastoral and one is a tutorial – this again emphasises our commitment to developing our students socially and emotionally as well as academically. 

Also integral to the ethos of Windlestone School is the extended day curriculum which offers an extensive range of clubs and activities which provides opportunities for our students to develop strong relationships with staff and peers.  Students can, for example, access rural science club, design technology club, motor vehicle studies, art, cookery, health and fitness and Duke of Edinburgh in school.  External extended day activities include bowling, snooker, golf, swimming, cinema trips and 5-a-side football.  Personalised induction programmes are offered to students who are referred into the school with complex needs.

Every year we aim to have 100% our leavers graduate from our school with a qualification in maths and English.  Many students achieve numerous full course GCSE qualifications and some students achieve 5+ GCSE passes. 

The qualifications currently on offer include:

GCSE Subjects (full course unless identified as short course (sc))

1

Maths

6

Art & Design (also available as sc)

2

English

7

PE

3

Media Studies

8

Food & Nutrition

4

Science

9

D.T. – Resistant Materials

5

History (also available as sc)

10

Sociology

Other Qualifications

 

Functional Skills

 

BTEC/Vocational/other awards

1

Maths (EL1-L2)

1

Prep & Operation of a Tractor (L1)

2

English (EL1-L2)

2

Land Based Studies (L1)

 

 

3

Home Cooking Skills (L1)

 

Entry Level Certificates

4

Public Services (L1)

1

Maths

5

Motor Vehicle Studies – IMI EL Award

2

English

6

Duke of Edinburgh

3

Science

7

BCS ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence Level 2) Applications In IT

4

Food Studies

 

5

D.T. – Product Design

 

6

Personal & Social Education

 

7

R.E.