Key Stages & Curriculum

Pupils in Key Stages 1 and 2 attend Lakeside School.

We provide a broad and balanced curriculum with opportunities for enrichment activities through educational visits and field trips; offsite activities such as swimming, trampolining and horse riding; and our ‘Children’s Choice’ curriculum.

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Creative Learning

To fully engage our pupils we provide them with a curriculum that puts creativity at the heart of learning. Many subjects, including Art, Design and Technology, Food Technology, Music and Drama are taught through creative projects in which pupils can immerse themselves in learning through a topic theme.

For example, whilst learning about the planets, one class made a paper mache solar system and each pupil took ownership for their chosen planet by learning about it and then presenting back to their teacher and classmates. The pupils also listened to ‘space’ themed music before creating their own musical composition about what it would be like to visit another planet and then return to Earth.

In addition to this many of the foundation subjects, including History and Geography, are taught in high-density blocks of two or three weeks so that the pupils can fully immerse themselves into the topic or theme being covered.

Within each topic area pupils have the opportunity to develop their creative talents. This creative angle, when learning about a specific theme or topic, and the immersive nature of high-density teaching has impacted greatly on the pupils’ enjoyment of their lessons and in turn the progress they have achieved, as their retention of what they have learned improves significantly.

Many of our pupils have a preference for visual and kinaesthetic learning opportunities, which our creative cross-curricular approach provides in abundance.

Children’s Choice Curriculum

At Lakeside School we offer pupils our ‘Children’s Choice Curriculum’, which serves to develop their skills and talents for the future by tapping into their interests and building on their strengths.

The pupils choose a wide range of activities and areas in which they would like to explore and develop their abilities.

Within each aspect of the Children’s Choice Curriculum, our teaching staff strive to ensure that the activities provided foster the pupils’ interest and excitement, and often incorporate off-site trips and experts visiting school to talk to our pupils.

We are delighted that many of our pupils develop such an interest in some of the activities that they have become involved in clubs and classes within their local communities e.g. fishing clubs, golf, horse riding, trampolining and volunteering.

The real success though of this is seen in the special moments when a child makes that breakthrough and realises they have talents, abilities and can achieve – these moments are seen time and time again at Lakeside.

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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