Each class is home to a maximum of seven children supported by a teacher and teaching assistant, so children get very individual care. We encourage individual learning, group work and plenty of outdoor education to help children gain a whole variety of skills as they progress academically. Some of our students really struggle to focus within a classroom and we have a number of individual learning areas where these children can get focused one-to-one support.
Early Years Education
For Key Stage 2, we set very individual educational plans for each child, using the National Curriculum for maths, science, design and technology, art, computing and modern languages. Every child’s plan will be completely unique and we’ll set targets and review progress on a half-termly basis. Alongside the National Curriculum subjects, we’ll also schedule periods of sensory play, life skills, relaxation and plenty of outdoor learning.
Secondary School Education
As children move up the school, they’ll continue to work through the core curriculum whilst pursuing their individual talents and interests. We also introduce enterprise studies at this level, to give our students a broad base of options and opportunities. Alongside their academic studies, our students will still take part in PE, life skills, outdoor learning, relaxation and personal, social and health education (PSHE). We also help all our students to take responsibility for their own work, so they develop good learning habits for the future.
During Year 9, as part of their PSHE classes, children will be encouraged to start thinking about what they’d like to do in the future. We always start by asking children what their ultimate dream is and then working back to see what qualifications or experience they need to achieve it. We want our children to dream big and offer a wide range of GCSE and BTEC qualifications. Children are supported through their exams by teachers in school and in some cases support from an online tutor.
At Longdon Park we will do whatever we can to help our children succeed. Some children stay with us to complete their GCSEs and potentially A levels in order to prepare for university and others who move to study for other qualifications at further education colleges in the area. Whichever route our children choose, we ensure they are prepared emotionally, socially and academically.