Key Stages

Pupils in Key Stages 2, 3, 4 & 5 attend Dovetree School.

We provide a broad and balanced curriculum with opportunities for enrichment activities through educational visits and field trips. We take account of the National Curriculum and put an emphasis on pupils developing basic skills in Literacy and Numeracy with cross curricular links across subjects.

Education

We offer our pupils a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum, through which everyone is given the opportunity to reach their full potential.

We believe in encouraging pupil’s self-esteem, which is often low when they start with us, by ensuring that the curriculum and tasks that are set are challenging yet achievable, thus enabling them to further succeed and develop.

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Our Key Stage 4 programme encompasses a wide range of academic and vocational subjects, as well as a range of nationally recognised accreditation opportunities, which include GCSEs and also vocational awards such as:

Motor Vehicle
Construction
Hair & Beauty
Product Design - Resistant Materials
Creative and Media
Hospitality and Catering
Art and Design

Curriculum

All pupils at Dovetree School have access to the curriculum. Our Key Stage 2 and 3 programmes follow the national curriculum.

Vocational Centre

The onsite purpose built Vocational Centre offers pupils the opportunity to develop skills and offers them a hands-on experience so that they are able to master new skills ready for the world of work.

Our aim is to provide pupils with an ever-growing variety of options so that they can explore different vocational subjects allowing them to experience new pathways in a simulated work environment. The vocational courses are taught by experienced staff who have industry experience, which further enhances the quality and learning experience of the pupils.

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.