The Curriculum

The Lighthouse curriculum has been designed to create learning opportunities that support the learners’ progress; both academically and in the development of their personal skills. Each learner has a curriculum specificity designed to suit their needs. This may include additional vocational elements such as Forest school, Horse riding, Challenger Troop, Building, Construction and maintenance, Bush craft, Catering or Horticulture at our allotment site and study centre.

Intervention sessions also form part of the students’ curriculum, to support their learning and development. These include speech and language, phonics, behavioural strategies intervention, counselling, mentoring and therapy sessions, to name a few.

Curriculum policy

Learners follow the National Curriculum framework for Mathematics, English and Science. Students at Key Stage 4 follow GCSEs in Mathematics, English and Science, where possible. Additionally a range of nationally recognised accredited qualifications, based on individual need, interest and ability, are offered. These include Entry Level qualifications, Functional skills, AQA Accredited Unit Awards, BTEC, Open Quals and, where appropriate, our own in-house certification which reflects subject matter delivered in the framework, and additional skills and successes not catered for in other qualifications.

Key stage 4 learners are also offered:

  • College Links and Vocational courses
  • Work experience opportunities
  • First Aid Course

Learners have access to accredited units of study and qualifications for the following subject areas:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • ICT/computing
  • Humanities
  • Food Technology
  • Design Technology
  • Sport
  • Art
  • Animal Care
  • Horse riding (Changing lives programme)
  • Building & Construction
  • Forest school
  • Horticulture
  • Music
  • Our Key Steps courses, delivered to all students, covers all aspect of SMSC, PSHE, RE, Citizenship, British Values and preparation for work – this leads to a number of qualifications.

The learner’s progress is recorded on the Rising Stars progression framework at KS3 and against individual student trackers at KS4 and 5 and is used to identify any gaps in learning. Qualifications offered to learners are agreed in discussion with them, their parents/carers and other external agencies involved, to ensure they achieve successes that enhance their life chances.

Placements are offered in KS5 in order to support students in achieving specific goals. For example; this can include apprenticeship style placements where the school will support the learner to complete a period of work experience, a vocational course with us alongside work experience etc. All routes ensure literacy and numeracy targets are met.