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We aim to identify courses that are meaningful to follow,  and ambitious for our students.  We want the awards and certifications to support students on their journey towards the ‘Brilliant Lives’ we are aiming for. 

Key stage 4:

In Autumn 2018 we introduced Key Stage 4 certification, using AQA’s ‘Unit’ award scheme.   This is an award which we believe will prepare the students for the qualification programme in Key Stage 5, providing a wide range of differentiated units that -  making accreditation accessible to students of all abilities

Key stage 5:

We continue to deliver ASDAN Towards Independence courses.  These are selected to reflect  student’s interests and aspirations.  Students complete a minimum of one unit a year in Key Stage 5.   A number of students also complete work experience awards in Key Stage 5.  To build on this well-established course, staff have identified an ASDAN qualification that could be delivered in conjunction with the towards independence modules. The personal progress programme is a three-tiered course.  All students in Post-16 will achieve the award in Year 12, and the full certificate by the end of year 14.  A small number of students will also achieve a diploma by the end of year 14. Students will complete literacy and numeracy units each year alongside personalised units which support their journey beyond school.

Duke of Edinburgh:

A number of students will also work towards the Duke of Edinburgh award. This is delivered as a 4 year course,  completed in year 14.  The Duke of Edinburgh award is achieved by completing a personal programme of activities in four categories; Volunteering, Physical, Skills and an Expedition.  For updates on our progress with Duke of Edinburgh, click here

The School is Silver Artsmark accredited, is being delivered as a pilot with a selected  group of students in Key Stage 4 and 5 during 2018-2019.  In 2019-2020, it will be delivered to all students in Key Stage 4 and 5.   Artsmark offers a range of qualifications that will support our students to grow as with opportunities to connect with and take part in the wider arts world. 

During the programme, students will:

  1. Discover the enjoyment of creating and participating in arts activities.
  2. Experience arts events.
  3. Develop creative and communication skills
  4. Explore the work of artists and crafts-people.
  5. Gain experience and knowledge to help progress within their destinations.
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