‘The curriculum is broad and balanced and is designed to not only enable pupils to make outstanding progress, but also to develop their communication and independence skills, and promote well-being’.
Update to Curriculum provision due to Covid-19:
During this time of school closure the method of delivery of the curriculum has changed somewhat. All students are receiving planned work and feedback from subject teachers on a daily or weekly basis, dependent on the regularity the subject is taught. Most contact with students is via email with subject teachers, this gives the opportunity for individual discussion about things that are going well and the chance to challenge misconceptions and correct work or extend as required. In addition to this all students receive a pastoral phone call each school day. Class tutors or a member of the safeguarding team phone students to check how they are and to give support and guidance where needed. In the case of any safeguarding concerns students, parents and staff are able to either email a member of the safeguarding team or can contact the school on a specially designated phone number that is manned by one of the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads.
Tailored To Our Students Needs
Our curriculum is broadly similar to a mainstream school but classes are smaller (10 students on average) and are often supported by a Teaching Assistant in addition to the Teacher. Any additional Teaching Assistant hours outlined in your daughter’s EHCP or Statement or EHCP do not transfer with her when she joins Limpsfield Grange.
At the start of every term parents will receive a curriculum overview which outlines the areas of study for each year group and each curriculum area. The overviews also give a range of ideas to parents about how to support their daughter’s learning at home. A list of key words for each subject is also included.
The curriculum at Key Stage 3 broadly follows the National Curriculum. We review our curriculum offer for each year group annually, so the subjects offered do change, but students usually study the following subjects: English, Maths, Science, Computing, Art, Design and Technology: Food Technology, Physical Education which includes a session of swimming weekly for Year 7, Religious Education, History and Geography. In addition students have the opportunity to take part in our Outdoor Learning curriculum; this includes accessing Forest Schools and Surrey Outdoor Learning at High Ashurst. Homework is set weekly in the core subjects (English, Maths and WACI lessons). Further information can be found on your daughter’s homework timetable. Students do not study a Modern Foreign Language.
The curriculum for Key Stage 4 students is reviewed as each cohort is in Year 9 and broadly follows the National Curriculum. There are variations each year but students can usually take qualifications in English, Mathematics, Science, ICT, Art, Catering, Health and Social Care and Religious Education. In addition some classes access a local college, for the year 2018 19 this is Hadlow College and links into our Outdoor Learning curriculum. This gives the students the opportunity to gain experience of a different setting and to focus particularly on communication, independence and resilience, linking into our WACI curriculum. Weekly work experience is also included, ensuring that students develop skills for life after Limpsfield Grange.
WACI is a programme which has been designed to provide a tailored approach to developing life skills for all of our students. As well as academic achievement we encourage the girls to develop the confidence and resilience to tackle the challenges of everyday life when they leave Limpsfield Grange. Our WACI programme has activities which provide an opportunity to overcome anxieties using a range of strategies which promote leading and enjoying a more independent life. WACI lessons are taught weekly by form tutors.
If you would like any further information about our curriculum offer, please contact Mrs Chippington Assistant Headteacher.