“Inspiring and supporting young people to make positive choices about the future”

Curriculum statement

The curriculum offer across the College is tailored to meet the needs of the young people who attend.  All young people attending the College face a range of ‘barriers to learning’ and the curriculum offer is created to remove as many of these as we can.

It is designed to ensure that young people have the best possible chance of a successful transition into Education Employment and Training (EET). It is also created to ensure that we can offer personalised pathways for students with the most complex needs.

General principles

  • Young people have the entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum offer
  • All young people have the opportunity to achieve
  • At least 5 GCSEs or equivalents.
  • All young people leave with a recognised English and maths qualification
  • Many of the young people who attend the College benefit from an offer which includes lots of opportunities for active and practical approaches to learning. The vocational offer at Pitstop and Kitchen Craft supports this.
  • Supporting independent learning, behaviour and leadership underpins everything that we do.
  • The curriculum is underpinned by Careers Education Information and Guidance (CEIAG) and all staff see this as their responsibility.

On entry into the College, baseline assessments are administered and progress is closely tracked from this starting point. If young people are not making expected progress, an intervention plan is created and this is monitored to ensure that the young person has the support that they need to get ‘back on track’.

Millside School caters for our young people with the most challenging and complex behaviours and those with significant barriers to learning.  Almost all have an Education, Health & Care Plan with their special educational needs being primarily social, emotional and mental health difficulties. 

Millside has a maximum of 60 places and offers a relatively traditional school curriculum taught in groups of no more than 6 students from year 7 to 11. 

At Key Stage 3, pupils follow a Themed Curriculum, where English, maths, science, art, humanities, ICT, PE, Food Technology and DT are taught within a Theme each half term. Millside School also aims to develop pupils’ leadership, organisation, resilience, initiative and communication skills (LORIC) through the PiXL Edge programme. 

At Key Stage 4, pupils are taught a range of subjects including English, Maths, Science, Computer Science, Art, PE and DT, in addition to a choice of vocational options, such as Kitchen craft, Pitstop and Construction. 

 Great emphasis is placed on the personal development of our pupils.  We offer additional counselling, a range of therapeutic interventions and individual tuition as appropriate.

The current curriculum offer is as follows – Students will have the opportunity to study at least 7 qualifications at GCSE/equivalent.

Exam Board Qualification
CORE OFFER FOR ALL
English – at appropriate level
Edexcel Entry 1-4 Entry Level
AQA Entry 1-3 Step Up: 5972 Silver & 5973 Gold
NCFE Level 1 & Level 2 Certificate of English
AQA GCSE 9-1 English Language
Maths  – at appropriate level
Edexcel Functional Skills – entry level Functional Skills Entry Level 1-3 Maths
NCFE Level 1 & Entry Level Certificate of Maths – Entry Level – Level 1
Edexcel GCSE Mathematics 9-1
Science
AQA GCSE Combined Science: Synergy (New Specification) 9-1
AQA Entry Science (New Specification)
Preparation for Working Life
AQA Certificate 1/2 PWL
Wider Skills
PIXL EDGE
Design Technology
AQA GCSE Design and Technology Resistant Materials (Final Year – outgoing specification)
Art
AQA GCSE Art (New specification) 9-1
OPTIONAL OFFER – 
Option 1: one of the following
Physical Education
OCR GCSE Physical Education (New specification) 9-1
OCR Nationals Physical Education
Award Sports Leader
Computer Science
Edexcel GCSE Computer Science (New specification) 9-1
Option 2: one of the following
Construction
WJEC GCSE Constructing in the Built Environment (new specification)
City & Guilds Level 1 Level 1 Award Construction Skills
Motor Vehicle
IMIAL Level 1 Level 1 Certificate in Service and Maintenance Engineering (VRQ)
ABC Level 1 Award Level 1 Award in Motor Vehicle Studies
Kitchen Craft
Edexcel BTEC Level 1/2 Award in Jamie Olivers Home Cooking Skills (short course)

The Springboard Programme offers 36 full time places for young people in year 10 and 11 who have not responded to a wide range of support and intervention in their mainstream schools.   They have a history of displaying challenging and disaffected behaviour and many have large gaps in their education.

The Springboard programme aims to re-interest these young people in relevant and exciting courses that allow them to get back on track, be successful and move on to college, work based learning or employment.

The curriculum is made up of core subjects taught as Key Skills in Communication, Application of Number, Information Technology and Preparation for Working Life (either as a GCSE or as a recognised Functional Skill qualification) and in addition students are given the opportunity to complete qualifications in a range of subjects such as Art, Sport, Music and Childcare.

 Great emphasis is placed on personal social, health and citizenship education and individual students also receive additional counselling and individual tuition as appropriate.

The current curriculum offer is as follows – Students will have the opportunity to study at least 7 qualifications at GCSE/equivalent.

Exam Board Qualification
CORE OFFER FOR ALL
English – at appropriate level
AQA Entry 1-3 Step Up: 5972 Silver & 5973 Gold
AQA GCSE 9-1 English Language
AQA GCSE 9-1 English Literature
Maths  – at appropriate level
Edexcel Functional Skills – entry level Functional Skills Entry Level 1-3 Maths
NCFE Level 1 & Entry Level Certificate of Maths – Entry Level – Level 1
Edexcel Functional Skills Maths L1 – L2
Edexcel GCSE Mathematics 9-1
Edexcel GCSE Statistics (offered dependent on maths ability) (Final Year – outgoing specification)
Prepartion for Working Life
AQA Certificate 1/2 PWL
ICT
Edexcel Functional Skills ICT L1 – L2
Wider Skills
AQA Unit Awards PSHE
OPTIONAL OFFER – Students choose 2 of these.  Those capable, will be steered towards the GCSE or equivalent options.
AQA GCSE Art (New specification) 9-1
AQA GCSE Child Development (Final Year – outgoing specification)
AQA GCSE Religious Studies (New specification) 9-1
NCFE Level 1 Award in Music Technology
Physical Education
OCR GCSE Physical Education (New specification) 9-1
OCR Nationals Physical Education
Award Sports Leader
Motor Vehicle
IMIAL Level 1 Level 1 Certificate in Service and Maintenance Engineering (VRQ)
ABC Level 1 Award Level 1 Award in Motor Vehicle Studies
Kitchen Craft
Edexcel BTEC Level 1/2 Award in Jamie Olivers Home Cooking Skills (short course)

Apollo offers 10 full time places.  Students have a previous history of extremely low attendance in their mainstream schools and have significant gaps in their learning.  Some students may have been refusing to attend school on and off for many years.

Apollo aims to re-engage students who lack confidence and get them back on track in terms of attendance and personal confidence.  The curriculum mainly focuses on ensuring that students are able to achieve an externally accredited qualification in qualification in English and Maths: many students achieve GCSE grades in these subjects. Other short courses are on offer depending on student interests.  This year we are offering Science, Art, Cooking Skills and Motor Vehicle Studies

English, Maths and Science lessons are taught through a remote on line- school site – and are provided by Academy 21.  Lessons can be accessed from any location via the Internet.  The teacher in charge of Apollo supervises the tasks, coursework and homework challenges set by Academy 21.  Students email their homework activities to Academy 21 for assessment.

Students are actively supervised at all times.  Breaks and lunchtimes are used to run fully planned activity sessions.

Great emphasis is placed on personal social, health and citizenship education and individual students also receive additional counselling and individual tuition as appropriate.

The current curriculum offer is as follows – Students will have the opportunity to study at least 6 qualifications at GCSE/equivalent.

Exam Board Qualification
CORE OFFER FOR ALL
English – at appropriate level
Edexcel Entry 1-3 Entry Level
AQA Entry 1-3 Step Up: 5972 Silver & 5973 Gold
AQA GCSE 9-1 English Language
Maths  – at appropriate level
Edexcel Functional Skills – entry level Functional Skills Entry Level 1-3 Maths
Edexcel GCSE Mathematics 9-1
Science
AQA Entry Science (New Specification)
AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy (New Specification) 9-1
PWL
AQA Certificate 1/2 Preparation for Working Life
Art
AQA GCSE Art (New specification) 9-1
Catering
Edexcel BTEC Level 1/2 Award in Jamie Olivers Home Cooking Skills (short course)
OPTIONAL OFFER – 
AQA GCSE General Studies
AQA GCSE History (New specification) 9-1
AQA GCSE 9-1 English Literature
Edexcel GCSE Statistics (offered dependent on maths ability) (Final Year – outgoing specification)
Motor Vehicle
IMIAL Level 1 Level 1 Certificate in Service and Maintenance Engineering (VRQ)
ABC Level 1 Award Level 1 Award in Motor Vehicle Studies

Activate offers a work-related programme for year 10 and 11 students. It allows them to achieve a wide range of qualifications that gives them access to further education, employment or an apprenticeship.

This programme also provides students with work experience twice a year in Year 11 with local employers in Slough to gain an understanding of the world of work and to gain valuable skills for the future.

The current curriculum offer is as follows – Students will have the opportunity to study at least 6 qualifications at GCSE/equivalent.

Exam Board Qualification
CORE OFFER FOR ALL
English – at appropriate level
AQA Entry 1-3 Step Up: 5972 Silver & 5973 Gold
AQA GCSE 9-1 English Language
AQA GCSE 9-1 English Literature
Maths  – at appropriate level
Edexcel Functional Skills – entry level Functional Skills Entry Level 1-3 Maths
NCFE Level 1 & Entry Level Certificate of Maths – Entry Level – Level 1
Edexcel Functional Skills Maths L1 – L2
Edexcel GCSE Mathematics 9-1
Edexcel GCSE Statistics (offered dependent on maths ability) (Final Year – outgoing specification)
Preparation for Working Life
AQA Certificate 1/2 PWL
ICT
Edexcel Functional Skills ICT L1 – L2
Wider Skills
Asdan Level  1/ 2 Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE)  YEAR 10 ONLY
OPTIONAL OFFER – 
Edexcel GCSE Business (Final Year – outgoing specification)
Edexcel GCSE Leisure & Tourism (Final Year – outgoing specification)
AQA GCSE Health & Social Care (Final year – outgoing specification)
Edexcel GCSE Statistics (offered dependent on maths ability) (Final Year – outgoing specification)
Award Sports Leader

Wexham Park Hospital Schoolroom and Interim Tuition

The Schoolroom at Wexham Park Hospital and our Interim Tuition service are able to provide our most flexible programmes.

The staff are highly skilled and have knowledge of the entire national curriculum at every key stage.  They can adapt to any topic.  The Schoolroom is extremely well resourced in order to facilitate such a flexible programme.

The Schoolroom aims to ensure that a student does not fall behind their peers because of a medical problem. The staff liaise in great detail with home schools to get the correct content and level of work in order to support each student.

Work is often sent to the home school for marking.

The schoolroom is able to offer access to external exams as it is a registered examination centre, should a student be admitted to hospital during an exam period and be well enough to sit the exam if not physically able to get to school.

Interim Tuition caters for students at KS3 and KS4 who are temporarily out of school whilst waiting for a transfer or a place to become available.  The staff teach on a one to one or very small group basis in order to ensure that a student stays up to speed and is ready for their new placement.

Herschel Pupil Training Centre provides a unique curriculum. As an alternative to a pupil referral unit, HPTC offers training courses with a clear start and end date and for clearly identified groups of KS3 students on any one course.  Course participants my come from any of the Slough schools.  There are 14 places on a course and we rarely take more than 3 from the same school.

The main courses offered are;

Self Management – a 20 day course designed to support students who are at risk of exclusion from school and are struggling to manage themselves appropriately in a range of settings including home, on the street and at school.  The course raises self awareness, examines what is going wrong, and focuses on new skill development and practices putting new skills into action in readiness for a return to school. There is a strong multi-agency approach and reintegration support is vital. This course is run 5 times per academic year.

Safe Self – a 1 week course for students who are vulnerable, at risk of becoming school refusers are anxious and often victims of bullying.  This course focuses on confidence building skills.

Emotional Intelligence – a 1 week course designed to try to raise awareness for students who are most often accused of being insensitive and of bullying other students.  The course uses role play to relate to the feelings of others.

Transition – a 1 week course designed to support Year 7 pupils who have had difficulty settling into secondary school. This course is run at the end of the Autumn term.