Key Stages & Curriculum

Pupils in Key Stages 1, 2 3 & 4 attend Ashbrooke School.

Our Key Stage 1 and 2 programmes follow the national curriculum and we also offer a 2 year rolling programme for each class that follows a topic-based curriculum which helps our children to:

  • Develop their skills by allowing them to build and maintain positive relationships with others
  • Understand and manage themselves and their thoughts, emotions and behaviours
  • Understand and respond to the emotions and behaviours of others

Our Key Stage 3 and 4 programmes encompass a wide range of academic and vocational subjects, as well as a range of nationally recognised accreditation opportunities, which include GCSE’s, Entry Level Certificates, Functional Skills Awards and Asdan Awards.

High importance is placed on vocational and experience led learning as these are seen as an integral part of Key Stage 3 and 4.

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GCSE Results

Our GCSE results have been the cause for celebrations for both students and staff alike. Here are our highlights from 2018 and 2019.

2018 GCSE results

100% of Year 11 students entered for GCSE Maths achieved a pass.

100% of Year 11 students entered for Functional Skills Level 1 Maths achieved a pass.

100% of all Year 11 students entered for Functional Skills Level 2 English achieved a pass.

2019 GCSE results

100% of Year 11 students entered for GCSE Maths/ English or equivalent

92% of year 11 students achieved a pass in GCSE Maths

90% of Year 11 students achieved a pass in English Language

100% of Year 11 students achieved a pass in GCSE Biology

100% of all Year 11 students achieved a pass in any qualifications

In addition to students achieving GCSE qualifications, they also sat Functional Skills, Entry Level Certificates, Unit awards, ASDAN short courses, NCFE Level 1 awards and a range of nationally recognised sporting qualifications including STA swimming awards, British Gymnastics Trampoline Awards and NICAS Indoor Climbing.

Celebrating Creativity

The development of the Art and Dance Departments have been welcomed additions to the school so that a broad and varied offer is available to our pupils in both primary and secondary provisions.

The Art Department has been contributing to the look and feel of the school environment as pupils enjoy taking part in the ongoing mural project. During the sessions, pupils and staff work together to create art work for everyone to appreciate, whilst engaging in conversations in a calm and fulfilled atmosphere. The project has allowed pupils to talk to one another about their involvement and enabled aspiring artists to feel they are part of a creative community.

The school’s cross curriculum allows for consistency and continuity through subjects. For example, whilst studying the animal kingdom in Science, in Art pupils will explore textures and colours of different types of mammals. This holistic approach to learning has proven to be successful with our pupils and this approach to studying a subject ensures that pupils retain information.

The development of the Dance Department has allowed pupils to express themselves through a non- verbal communication method. Pupils engage in the sessions as they enjoy moving to a library of music genres, whilst allowing them to appreciate the benefits of exercise too. Much like Art, a creative community has been established allowing pupils to feel safe in expressing themselves and allowing them to develop friendships.

The school also offers pupils studying at Key Stage 3 and 4 the opportunity to study Creative Media where they can demonstrate their creative flair. The subject allows pupils to develop their skills and expertise using a variety of software packages resulting in some fantastic work being produced that both pupils and staff are very proud of.

Accelerating Academic Achievement Through Adventure

The school’s Occupational Therapist has helped to design and develop the primary playground so that it fully supports pupils with sensory needs. The play area enables pupils to develop and strengthen both their gross motor skills and co-ordination through play.

The school grounds provide the perfect space for plenty of outdoor activities. During break times, pupils stay active and explore whilst putting into practice their social skills, so that they can make and develop friendship in a fun, safe space. The calming environment has also been requested by pupils for time out sessions reiterating its therapeutic benefits.

Further plans are in place to use the grounds of the school to develop a Forest School area so that pupils can enjoy the woodland space and the chance to play, explore and discover. The aim of the development is to help shape the resilience, confidence and self-esteem of pupils through hands on learning experiences. Forest Schools have a proven track record of further improving social skills, problem solving abilities and team working. The development of these skills and qualities will ultimately cascade into other areas of pupils’ school life, as well as their personal life, allowing them to grow, flourish and thrive.

Our Therapeutic Support

We provide young people with unrivalled levels of therapeutic support, both in terms of the expertise and experience of our in-school staff and the wide range of therapies offered.

Our Therapeutic Approach

As required, young people have the support of our Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Mental Health Practitioners, Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists.
Our commitment to delivering outstanding therapeutic support to all young people is based on attachment principles. We believe that unless a young person is able to feel emotionally secure they are less likely to fulfil their personal, social and educational potential.
Our unique approach to supporting young people allows us to achieve uniquely outstanding outcomes, which in turn enable our young people to go on to realise a future filled with aspiration and achievement.

Our Commitment to Therapeutic Support

We have an extensive Clinical Team, who are able to offer our young people within our school a truly personalised and comprehensive package of therapeutic support.

We will ensure that every young person develops resilience and releases their potential by providing the appropriate clinical support for their social, emotional and mental health needs.
We will make a young person ‘whole’ by supporting them to develop the competencies and abilities to help them become a capable young adult.
We will completely integrate the delivery of therapeutic support.
We will operate a direct delivery model of therapy offering universal services targeted to the needs of individual children and young people.


Our staff have a wealth of experience and qualifications in teaching and caring for pupils with Special Educational Needs. They have also received training from Witherslack Group’s Clinical Team, which includes clinical psychologists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and mental health practitioners.

Teachers and teaching assistants are extremely well equipped in providing appropriate support to meet the needs of our pupils and establish a positive and engaging learning environment. The education staff consists of a stable and experienced team and the professional development of teachers and teaching assistants is supported through regular internal and external training. This ensures extremely effective teaching practices are in place and lesson activities are well-planned to support learning.

The Pastoral Care Team develop excellent links with parents, carers and families, as well as professionals involved with a pupil. They also provide additional support, when required, to help pupils engage in classes.

Pastoral Care

We are dedicated to the development of the ‘whole child’, focusing on areas such as independence, self-esteem, resilience, making safe choices and communication.

All this support allows each child, whatever their needs, the opportunity to engage and enjoy their education.

The Pastoral Care Team ensure that all pupils’ well-being is constantly reviewed and developed, and that strong links are made between school and home.

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