Curriculum and Timetables
Key Stage 3: Years 7 and 8
Key Stage 4: Years 9, 10 and 11
The broad and balanced range of subjects that are available for students without additional needs are automically part of the curriculum for Kites students.
Where appropriate, students are encouraged to attend mainstream lessons that suit their own strengths and areas of interests. This not only means that they have enriched social opportunities but it also gives them aspirational targets and prepares them more for independence but in a nurturing and supportive way.
Timetables are reviewed frequently and there is a great deal of flexibility to change things around, should this be necessary. The priority will always be on whatever suits the young person and their needs, listening carefully to them.
Lessons are mainly taught by mainstream teachers and Mrs Stocker (ARB teacher), Mrs Tamblin (HLTA for Kites) and Mrs Hamshaw either in their own classrooms or in Kites. Specialist practical lessons, ie Music and Art are always taught in a specialist classroom so as not to disadvantaged Kites’ students with the lack of an appropriate learning environment.
For key stage 3 these are:
For key stage 4
Students are encouraged to study from the range of GCSEs that are on offer for mainstream students; however, we appreciate that this may not always be possible. Where this is not the case we offer the following:
AQA Entry Level Certificates in:
AQA unit award scheme certificates (these involve many different subjects)
Furthermore, students are encouraged, wherever possible, to take at least one GCSE. For some students it may be that they enjoy a particular subject, but it may be inappropriate for them to take the actual GCSE exam. Where this is the case, the work that they undertake can be incorporated within the AQA unit award scheme so that their efforts and achievements are still recognised and rewarded.
For Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 there is a social skills programme in place and individually bespoke packages of support and intervention, such as art therapy and vocabulary enrichment programmes.