Our Curriculum

The curriculum across all of the programmes is constantly under review and is tailored to meet the needs of our students. All of our students are unique and have many special reasons for requiring less traditional curriculum content and approaches.

General principles

  • We always have a high ratio of staff to students
  • We offer a wide range of active and practical approaches to learning
  • Every student has an individual education plan and careers action plan
  • There is huge emphasis on working to become a well-rounded person able to act independently, lead when appropriate and contribute positively to a range of teams and in a variety of circumstances.
  • We value learning and accredit all of our courses
  • We work towards ensuring that all of our students have the passport to successfully and confidently move forward to the next stage of their lives.

Millside School caters for our most challenging young people. The majority have a Statement of special educational need for behavioural, social and emotional difficulties. The majority of students have been permanently excluded from their mainstream school or have become at severe risk of permanent exclusion.

Millside has a maximum of 35 places and offers a relatively traditional school curriculum taught in groups of no more than 7 students from year 7 to 11. The national curriculum is covered at KS3 although humanities, PSHCE and modern languages combined with some ICT make up our own course titled Global Citizen. We also teach ICT across the curriculum rather than as a discrete subject. At KS4 we offer a mixture of BTEC and GCSE courses.

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

Students are actively supervised at all times.  Breaks and lunchtimes are used to run fully planned sports and activity sessions by our team of sports coach mentors.

The Springboard Programme offers 24 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 or work based learning.

The curriculum is made up of core subjects taught as Key Skills in Communication, Application of Number, Information Technology and Skills for Working Life and in addition all students are entered for Adult Literacy & Numeracy.

Options subjects are made up of mainly BTEC courses which are unit awards and fully teacher assessed with external verification.  We offer level 1 BTEC Certificates in Sport & Leisure, Construction and Art & Design and Level 2 BTEC Certificates in Music Technology and Art & Design.  Some students also opt to follow courses in Child Development.

Students are actively supervised at all times.  Breaks and lunchtimes are used to run fully planned sports and activity sessions by our team of sports coach mentors.

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

The Virtual School 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.

The Virtual school 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 at least achieve a GCSE or equivalent qualification in English, Maths and Science.  Other short courses are on offer depending on student interests.  This year we are offering Music, Child Development, Art and Design, Cooking Skills, Motor Vehicle Studies and Trampolining.

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 the Virtual School supervises the tasks, coursework and homework challenges set by Academy 21.  Work is sent into Academy 21 daily for assessment.

Students are actively supervised at all times.  Breaks and lunchtimes are used to run fully planned activity sessions with our dedicated sports coach mentor attached to the Virtual School.

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

Activate offers a one year vocational and work-related programme for year 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 with local employers in Slough to gain an understanding of the world of work and to gain valuable skills for the future.

Compulsory subjects:

  • GCSE Maths (Foundation/Higher Tier)
  • GCSE English
  • GCSE Business Studies
  • Level 1 and 2 Certificate in Preparation for Working life (Workskills)
  • Functional Skills ICT Level 1 and 2
  • Level 1 and 2 Award in Personal Social Education
  • Citizenship
Plus one of the following vocational options:
  • GCSE Physical Education
  • GCSE Leisure & Tourism (Single Award)
  • GCSE Art
  • Level1 and 2 Construction
  • Level 1 and 2 Service and Maintenance Engineering (Motor Vehicle)
  • Level 1 and 2 Certificate in Introduction to the Hospitality Industry (Kitchen Craft)

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.