Introduction to the Curriculum
At the Derwen School we believe that our curriculum should be broad, balanced and relevant to meet the individual needs of our pupils, whatever their ability. By providing a range of opportunities we believe that our children have the potential to achieve and to be the best that they can be. We aim to support our young people to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding that will enable them to play an active part in their community and to have skills for lifelong learning. Developing pupils spiritually, morally, socially and culturally is an important part of this.
The school provides access to the National Curriculum and a range of external examinations are offered at a variety of levels including GCSE, ASDAN, Functional Skills, Entry Level qualifications, Life Skills and a range of vocational awards. Our curriculum is wide and varied to meet the needs and strengths of every pupil. Cognitive, sensory, physical and emotional needs are considered carefully when supporting pupils to reach their full potential.
The curriculum will continue to inspire a life-long love for learning. We promote a caring and stimulating learning environment that gives positive encouragement to all and recognises and values the contributions of all members equally. This will be demonstrable throughout the school within all classes regardless of the age of pupil or stage of learning.
We believe that through individually designed learning plans are students will be provided with the support to become;
- Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve well
- Confident individuals who are get on well with each other and live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
- Respectful and responsible adults who are well prepared to play their part as valuable citizens in modern Britain
Accredited courses, starting in Year 10, boost learning opportunities and raise achievements within a nurturing and caring ethos. We promote positive relationships and encourage the growth and development of responsible behaviour. All students will have the opportunity to work towards achieving a range of nationally recognised qualifications.
Each pupil will learn within an environment that is caring, supportive, stimulating, enjoyable and challenging. The curriculum design will inspire pupils to learn, make progress, prepare them for their next stage and secure breadth, depth, balance and relevance in its content.
We will continually review individual student progress focusing upon each pupil’s outcomes including their personal development, behaviour and welfare.
We are committed to all staff ensuring that every child in the school develops their personal characteristics, attitudes and values, to their fullest potential.