School Curriculum

Foundation learning (ages 4-16)

Our foundation learning students have a fully differentiated curriculum, which is matched to the needs of each individual.

Our students develop their BSL expressive and receptive skills through topics linked to the world around them, and work towards personal targets.

Essential learning includes sessions in the community linked to communication, independence and thinking and problem-solving. Our young people have regular access to speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and audiology support. All learning feeds back into their individual Education Health & Care Plans which are written and reviewed by the team who know them best, at home and in school.

When our students are ready, they move on to more structured BSL lessons which lead to qualifications through the exam board Signature.

Core and alternative provision (ages 14-16)

Our core provision stays focused on our values of language development, numeracy and literacy by ensuring every student has regular direct teaching of English, Maths and BSL/Deaf Studies.

We then work to facilitate each child in exploring their personal learning interests. This currently includes art and photography, catering, IT, mechanics, drama and hairdressing. IT is embedded throughout all subjects, and at Key Stage 4 students have the option to undertake Functional Skills qualifications.

We aim to engage our learners to know themselves as young Deaf people and develop their understanding of their place in the world.