Key Stages & Curriculum

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

We provide a broad and balanced curriculum with opportunities for enrichment activities through educational visits and field trips.

Our Key Stage 1 and 2 programmes follow the national curriculum and have a 2 year rolling programme for each class and follow a topic-based curriculum underpinned by the SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) programme 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 GCSEs, 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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Staffing

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.

Careers Guidance

At Avon Park we are committed to ensuring we provide our pupils with the highest levels of careers guidance, advice and information.  We want to ensure that during their time at school every pupil is given the support they need to step confidently into their chosen career path when the times comes to move on.

We work in partnership with Project ASK. The Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge (ASK) for Schools project has been commissioned by The National Apprenticeship Service, part of the Skills Funding Agency (SFA), to support the Government’s target of achieving 3 million Apprenticeship starts by 2020.

Please take a look at their interactive resource to find out more about apprenticeships and the opportunities available to our students when they leave school.

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We work to ensure we meet the Gadsby Benchmarks for careers delivery in schools and you can view our Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Policy, plus supporting documents, below.

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Policy

Careers Long Term Plan

Careers Guidance E-Pack

Parent Pack April 2019