We want our children to be inspired by their environment and develop and nurture a lifelong interest in not only learning, but also engaging with and playing an active role in the environment and community around them. We want our students to be aspirational in their work and realise that they have potential and help to navigate them through the stages to reaching their personal goals whatever that may look like for the individual.
The curriculum offers pupils a thorough, fun and practical vehicle through which they develop a joy of learning and a sense of achievement and pride. To achieve this, it is essential to make use of the child’s innate skills and talents and take account of the unique nature of every student.
We work with each child’s strengths, interests and experiences in order to develop their self-confidence, their ability for self-exploration and their effectiveness at collaborative working.
Our fundamental aim is to help each child to think independently, to be able to read between the lines, to question, to enquire, to see the bigger picture and to make connections with their own lives and the wider world.
The curriculum is taught in an active rather than passive fashion, using the outdoor environment, cookery, music and discussion to bring the subjects to life and make them meaningful to the individual’s wider existence and their future. The delivery focuses on all subjects being skills-based to equip students with life long expertise that will stay with them into adulthood.
Our curriculum is based around the national curriculum but is structured and delivered in a way that works for those individuals who respond to an alternative approach to learning and their school environment.
It is our belief that the core values of the school are reflected in the way that we engage with each other as staff and with our young people. Our curriculum is built on the foundations of an individual’s self-awareness, wellbeing and self-confidence. These combined with the cross curricular focus on oracy and a values based delivery allow us to provide a balanced and all encompassing curriculum that prepares our students for their next steps, whatever they may be.
Next steps can be tailored to the students’ ability, interests and intended FE pathway. We offer a range of qualifications, including:
Ascentis Maths (Entry – Level 2)
Ascentis English (Entry – Level 2)
Applied Science (Level 1 – Level 2)
GCSE Human Biology
Home Cooking Skills (Level 1 – Level 2)
Creative Media and Performance Art (Entry)
SATRO Construction (Level 1 Award – Certificate)
In addition to these, from year 9, students have the opportunity to engage with vocational courses on the Schools Programme at the BCA College with whom we have very strong links. These include:
Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance
Careers education and guidance programmes make a major contribution to preparing young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. At Beech Lodge, a planned progressive programme of activities supports them from year 8 - 13 to develop an awareness of employability skills and understanding of opportunities for further education and training that suit their interests and abilities and help them to follow a sustainable career path.
For more information see our Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Policy and Student Careers leaflet
RESULTS AND REPORTING
During the school year results of public examinations will be available to parents and carers.
Parents will be provided with an Annual Report including reference to progress and attainment in the main subject areas.