Key Stages & Curriculum

Pupils in Key Stages 2, 3, 4 and 5 attend Oakwood Learning Centre.

We deliver a ‘24 hour curriculum’ which is structured around developing pupils through building confidence, self-esteem and trust within a supportive learning environment.  This specialised curriculum gives pupils access to a range of academic, vocational, therapeutic and leisure activities, and so enabling them to become more confident and successful learners.

Pupils studying at Key Stage 4 access courses at a local college that is rated as ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. This opportunity prepares pupils to explore subjects as well as life after Oakwood as they interact with others and prepare for their future by making informed choices on areas that they would like to pursue.

Pupils are encouraged to pursue new interests.  For example, scuba diving through an accredited qualification is sourced so that the culture of achievement is honoured and rich experiences offered.

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Lego Education

LEGO® Education feeds through the curriculum providing pupils with an engaging, hands on experience that encourages communication, creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking skills. Pupils are able to construct a device, namely a robot, and experience the practices completed by industry professionals particularly in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

The construction process has proven to become an intrinsic motivator and enables pupils to contemplate on their designs, ultimately leading to innovative work being completed.

Building relationships

The high aspirations of our staff and their ability to genuinely connect with each pupil ensures that every learner feels supported, cared for and accepted. This approach enables pupils to progress socially and emotionally and go on to achieve a range of awards and qualifications. All this results in pupils looking forward to the next chapter of their lives with increased knowledge, experience and skills.


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.