Learning at Corley

Our school Mission Statement outlines the core purpose of our curriculum, which is to support our students in becoming self-confident, independent and motivated learners who strive to reach aspirational goals.

Corley Centre: Curriculum Intent
At Corley Centre, we aim to provide a highly supportive learning environment, based on autism education best practice, where all students are enabled to reach their full academic and personal potential.  Our curriculum aims to develop self-confident, happy, independent and motivated learners who strive to reach aspirational goals. We take a holistic view of students and everything we do serves to advance our students personally, academically, socially, spiritually and morally.  Our students are the central focus of our endeavours and their understanding of safety and well-being, and the strategies to achieve this, are firmly embedded within our curriculum.

Academic Curriculum:
Corley Centre provides two main academic curriculum pathways, both following the National Curriculum, each actively fostering inclusivity:  our Core curriculum pathway leading to success at GCSE and Level 1 and 2 qualifications and our Life Skills pathway placing more emphasis upon vocational outcomes.  Both of these curriculum pathways are knowledge-rich and seek to provide students with the skills and tools to facilitate the next stage of their learning and prepare them for adult life. Movement between pathways provides the flexibility for students to access courses of study appropriate to their needs and aspirations.

Well-Being Curriculum:
Our Pastoral Mentor and PSHCE programmes form the basis for our wellbeing curriculum and focus on the development of students’ social, communication and interaction skills, personal development, independence and understanding of the world. A calendar of weekly themes helps to makes sense of local, national and world issues, providing opportunity for students to formulate their views and appreciate those of others in a safe and supportive environment.

Our students’ needs are varied and extensive and regular reviews of our academic and wellbeing curricular ensure that they remain relevant and challenging.  We recognise that differentiation in the classroom is key to success and it is this personalisation that we strive for in order to ensure that all students’ needs are fully understood and addressed.

Our INTRINSIC CURRICULUM – builds our inclusive caring culture and ethos Our ENHANCEMENT CURRICULUM – fosters personal development and social understanding Our ACADEMIC CURRICULUM – sequences knowledge, understanding and skills to aid learning Our ELECTIVE CURRICULUM – offers enriching opportunities and experiences
We believe in safety, respect and responsibility

  • High expectations
  • Attitudes to learning
  • Positive behaviour
  • Study habits
  • Shared Values: Kindness,Tolerance, Inclusivity, Safety, Respect, Consideration, Tolerance
  • Corley Code


We believe education supports personal growth

  • Mentor programme
  • Assemblies
  • SMSC
  • Mental wellbeing
  • Health education
  • Relationship and sex education
  • Employability
  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Leadership
  • Celebration
  • Emerging issues
  • Remembrance
  • Commemoration


We believe in a rich, broad and balanced provision

  • 30 lessons per week
  • Cross-curricular links
  • Broad curriculum base at KS3, 4 and 5
  • Catch-up and intervention
  • Whole School Focus Days
  • Developing confident readers
  • Class 3, 4 and 9 ‘Life Skills’ provision
  • Student Support Centre
  • ‘Blended’ and Home learning
  • Online learning platforms


We believe in providing a broad range of opportunities

  • Enrichment programme
  • Educational Visits and Trips (including residential visits)
  • Lunch time clubs
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Debate Mate
  • Events and Performances
  • Student Council and Student Voice
  • Work experience and work placements
  • Anti-bullying Ambassadors
  • Peer mentors


We believe in each student, we recognise them as individuals and we celebrate their achievement at all levels