Wandle Valley Academy Curriculum
We want all pupils to achieve more than they thought was possible; to succeed when they have all been deemed to have failed. To achieve this we work on school being ‘more than just an education’ and build on the motto ‘TEAM’ – Together everyone achieves more. We provide a broad and balanced through ‘ Key stages’ curriculum that reflects the individual needs of our pupils giving them the skills to navigate the ‘big, wide world’ when they leave us. Each cohort is considered when GCSE choices are offered in order to best suit individual needs and local employment opportunities.
As a special school for social, emotional and mental health difficulties we have pupils who possess a range of abilities, aptitudes and interests. We offer a full range of opportunities for pupils to gain nationally recognised accreditation as best suits pupil’s specific needs as well as broaden each pupil’s life experiences through a range of enrichment opportunities. We want our pupils to build up respect, honesty and empathy through showing determination and resilience, not always the easiest thing to do, but one that we strive for. All subject areas explicitly plan to ensure that academic learning outcomes are met, but also that our key skills are targeted across the whole school to ensure outcomes for ‘resilience’, ‘communication’ and ‘self-management’ are met and continue to show progression as pupils move through the school.
Subjects like SMSC and Religious Studies are delivered through Tutor Time/Topic, Assemblies, Drop Down Days and within the Academy Subject Curriculum areas.