At St Mary's our pupils follow the National Curriculum but it is differentiated according to the individual needs of each child.
Key Stage 2 is delivered through an integrated day approach. We have recently modernised our spacious suite of KS2 rooms to better meet the complex needs of our pupils. We are able to explore a wide variety of ways to support the development of learning and communication. Our aim is to ensure that as pupils leave KS2 they have the independence, communication and learning skills to fully access the curriculum as they move onwards through the school.
The Key Stage 3 curriculum is delivered through a secondary style approach. Pupils have a tutor class and move with this class and their teaching assistants to specialist teachers who deliver the curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to take greater ownership of their own learning and develop the organisational skills and flexibility which they need to be able to be independent young adults.
At Key Stage 4 pupils begin to follow accredited courses which meet their ability levels. They begin to consider what future employment and hobbies they might wish to follow in adult life so that they can develop the skills they need to pursue these ambitions. Pupils in Key Stage 4 experience a working environment when they go on work experience for the first time.
Our college is in a separate, modern building on our main site. College pupils are increasingly independent and confident. Pupils have the opportunity to choose subjects they wish to study from a broad selection. Pupils leave us with a range of ASDAN, BTEC, Entry Level and Level 1 and 2 awards. An important part of our curriculum in Key Stage 5 is developing work skills through the Aspire Vocational Centre. This leads to work experience opportunities in Year 12 and 13.