School Structure

As a school we currently admit pupils aged between 5 and 19. 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 seafaring 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 pupil's 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. All classes follow a similar curriculum, with pupils studying for functional skills in English, Mathematics & IT. In other subjects pupils work towards Unit Awards.

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.

At Key Stage 5 pupils continue studying English and Mathematics, as in Key Stage 4, and also study courses for ASDAN & BTEC awards. Pupils work off site more than in other Key Stages, as part of preparation for life after School.