The Structure of our School
As a school we admit pupils aged between 5 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 Stages 1 and 2 are associated with early sea faring explorers; Key Stage 3 has adopted explorers that have ventured in to space, and Key Stage 4 is classes are bracketed with polar explorers.
At Key Stage 1 we have ‘Cook’. This class is primarily made up of 5 to 8 year olds with one class teacher and Learning Support Assistants.
At Key stage 2 we have 2 classes, ‘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.
There are 3 classes in Key Stage 4, Fiennes, Shackleton and Bancroft. Although literacy and numeracy underline the pupils learning the curriculum model varies between the three classes. Fiennes is based broadly on a secondary school model; Shackleton is biased towards a vocational format, with Bancroft aiming to develop and deepen the pupil’s life skills.
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