The Structure of our School
As a school we currently admit pupils aged between 7 and 16. Because of the size of the school and number of pupils, classes are arranged in Key Stages, not year groups. Each class is named after an explorer; Key Stage 2 are associated with early sea faring explorers; Key Stage 3 has adopted explorers that have ventured in to space, and Key Stage 4 classes are bracketed with polar explorers.
At Key stage 2 we have 3 classes, Cook, Polo and Drake. The pupils in these classes are in age appropriate groups. Each class is staffed by a class teacher and Learning Support Assistants. The time table and curriculum is based on a primary school model.
At Key Stage 3 we currently have 4 classes, Ride, Armstrong, Hadfield and Peake. When arranging the class groups we consider both the pupils age and ability. On the whole the curriculum follows a secondary model, however for some classes there is a more vocational feel to their timetable.
At Key Stage 4 we currently have 3 classes, Boyd, Shackleton and Fiennes. Although literacy and numeracy underline the pupils learning the curriculum model varies between the classes. Fiennes is based broadly on a secondary school model; Shackleton is biased towards a vocational format.
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