Form groups and staffing structure typically remain the same as pupils move from Key Stage 3 into Key Stage 4 which provides consistency for the pupils. In some situations, pupils who were in the Autistic Spectrum Centre gain the confidence and skills to allow them to transition out of ASC. This conversion typically happens gradually during Key Stage 4 according to the individual needs of the pupil. Pupils from ASC who are not able to manage full integration have the opportunity to join peers for a number of subjects (e.g. Mathematics and Options) during Key Stage 4.
Each form group is supported by both a Teacher and a Teaching Assistant, who are responsible for the pupils’ pastoral care. There are approximately 12 pupils per form. However, during some lessons students are grouped, allowing for smaller teaching groups. In other curriculum areas such as PE, the classes may be larger, to allow the pupils to access team sports and activities.
At Key Stage 3 a broad curriculum is accessed by all pupils and provides essential experiences in both core and foundation subjects. We endeavour to support pupils in all aspects of their learning, in an environment that is caring, secure, well-resourced and stimulating. Subjects are delivered by specialist staff in specific environments, appropriate to meet the needs of our pupils. Please see individual subject overviews for more subject specific information.
Other subjects are available as different options. The options can vary slightly depending on the needs and interests of each cohort. Our current options are outlined below.
|Option 1||Option 2||Option 3|
|Life and living skills||Design Technology||Performing arts|
|Option 1||Option 2||Option 3||Option 4|
|Child care||Food technology||Construction||Team Enterprise|
|Design Technology||Environmental studies||Performing Arts||Duke of Edinburgh|
|ICT||Art||Life and living skills||Hospitality|
|Independent living||Independent living||Independent living||Independent living|
Core secondary and foundation subjects for Key Stage 4
|Key stage 4 subject||Learning hours per week|
|English||3 hours 40 minutes|
|Maths||3 hours 40 minutes|
|Science||2 hours 45 minutes|
|Personal Social Development||1 hour 50 minutes|
|Information communication technology||55 minutes|
|Physical Education||55 minutes|
|Youth challenge||2 hours 45 minutes|
|Option 1||1 hour 50 minutes|
|Option 2||1 hour 50 minutes|
|Option 3||1 hour 50 minutes|
|Life and living||55 minutes|
|Reading||1 hour 40 minutes|
|Pastoral||1 hour 40 minutes|