I am proud and privileged to lead such a unique and fantastic school which is set up to be destination-focused. This is a school where students’ special interests, abilities, social and communication skills, life skills and academic skills are mapped and further developed so destinations can be identified and targeted for each individual. A process to identify each individual student’s needs has been developed and this informs the curriculum for that individual. This process is part of day-to-day planning for every student. Destinations include supported or semi/independent living, supported work, independent work/careers, and FE/HE. Part of this process includes ‘building aspirations’ and this includes the family as a key input, as well as the student.
The Immersive Room is a key part of curriculum delivery in ‘building aspirations’ and employability awareness. Each part of curriculum is firmly linked to key industry/employer sponsors with a view to them delivering talks to students about what their companies do, and how that relates to what they are learning. Over time students will be able to view partner organisations in the room and have trips to employers and ultimately have work experience in these or similar companies. This will always be relevant to each individual student’s target destination.
At the same time we deliver a broad and balanced curriculum that enables all students to make good progress and gain nationally accredited qualifications in Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5. In addition to academic studies, students access a variety of life skills in social and enrichment activities. These activities focus on developing communication skills, social relationship skills, independence, employability, and personal emotional wellbeing skills.
Best wishes, Emma Sullivan