Curriculum Overview

Here at Pathfield School, we are committed to providing a curriculum which encompasses our Mission Statement and Core Learning Values of Total Communication and Interaction. This ensures a basis for life-long learning for pupils to achieve their potential and exceed their expectations. We provide teaching and learning in a creative, valued, practical and fun way which is appropriate to each individual pupils. Our curriculum is tailored to meet the needs of the individual, ensure equality and through effective transition to prepare students for all aspects of adult life in a multi-cultural society.

Our curriculum will promote respect, self-worth, dignity and the rights of the individual so that they can achieve, with the appropriate facilities for their unique needs, to achieve maximum independence in adult life.

In addition, the curriculum is enhanced through the use of external providers such as music sessions; drama & theatre workshops; swimming and sport activities.

For further information regarding our curriculum, please see below. If you have any questions please contact Abi Staff, deputy head teacher, on 01271 342423.

Curriculum Areas

The curriculum is divided into 5 Curriculum Areas to cover all the statutory and non-statutory subjects except Modern Foreign Languages, delivered through termly topics. Click here to see the Curriculum in sign language.

  • Key Skills to include Literacy, Numeracy and Information and Communication Technology

  • Personal and Physical Development to include Personal, Social, Health Education (including sex education) and Citizenship, Post 16 including Transitions and Careers, Physical Education, Leisure, Relationships and Independence.

  • Creative Arts to include Music, Art and Design Technology, and Drama.

  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World to include RE, Humanities including History and Geography, Forest School, Community, Myself and the Wider World, Environment and Horticulture, and Science.

  • Vocational including Enterprise and Work.  In key stage 4 and 5, students will also undertake Work Related Learning and Independent Living Skills - as well as prepare for external accreditation with the ASDAN Foundation Learning Programme.

Monitoring and Evaluation

We have established a system for assessment that allows progress to be clearly defined and evidenced as follows:-

  • Data is formally collated to show progress across different cohorts and classes;

  • Data is analysed with teachers annually and irregularities are considered and addressed in order to improve the quality of assessment;

  • Data will support evidence in purple/blue files to demonstrate progress for each individual pupil;

  • End of key stage data is sent to the Local Authority inline with National benchmarking;

  • All staff are trained in the setting of SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-targeted) targets;

  • Parents have the opportunity to review their child’s progress through parents evenings’, Pupils' Person Centred Annual Reviews, and in interim discussion as necessary with class teachers and others;

  • Parents' views are sought at whole school events through the use of comment sheets and information boards that highlight areas which are working/not working.