Curriculum

Key Stage 3 

Year 7

In Year 7, students follow a Foundation curriculum, delivered by a Foundation Teacher and supported by a Teaching Assistant to help them in their transition from a primary to a secondary school environment.

The Foundation teacher delivers English, PSHE, Humanities, SEAL and Drama while Maths is delivered in small ability groups, involving additional specialist Maths teachers.

A focus on the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) helps students to settle into the learning environment and develop their independent learning skills. Students begin to develop their independence and ability to manage within a secondary school environment, by moving to specialist areas with specialist teachers for Science, Computing, Technology, Art, Music and PE.

Years 8 and 9

In Years 8 and 9, students are taught in vertical groupings set by academic ability.  Lessons are delivered by subject specialists with a subject-based teaching assistant, which provides more opportunity for focused, differentiated work.  Teachers and Teaching Assistants work closely together in planning, assessing and monitoring progress.

Students follow the National Curriculum in the core and foundation subjects.  A cross-curricular themed approach to the Humanities enables them to develop their understanding of the world in a more coherent and meaningful way.

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is a core subject at Corley Centre due to the social and communication needs of our students. From Year 8, students work towards a Level 1 Certificate in Personal and Social Education.

Making use of new and emerging technologies, the Computing curriculum covers digital literacy, the creative use of ICT and computing.

Performing Arts and PE are popular subjects with our students, with many representing Corley Centre in both sporting and theatrical activities.

Key Stage 4

All students follow accredited courses leading to GCSE, Level 1 or Level 2 equivalents in English, Maths, Science, ICT and PSHE.

In addition:

  • The majority of students also select two GCSE/Level 2 equivalent courses from: Art, Design Technology, Drama, Food Technology, Leisure and Tourism, Music, Photography and Sport.

The expectation is that these students will attain Level 1 or Level 2 Threshold at the end of Year 11.

  • A small number of students follow a Life Skills’ course, based around ASDAN Level 1 and 2 Certificate of Personal Effectiveness.

The expectation is that these students will attain Level 1 Threshold at the end of Year 11.

Some Key Stage 4 students are also supported to study academic or vocational courses at local colleges and work-related learning providers in order to meet and accredit the breadth of interests our students have and to give them additional experiences as part of their transition to Post 16, whether here at Corley Centre or elsewhere.

Key Stage 4 Progression Pathways.

Post 16

The majority of students transfer at the end of Year 11 to colleges, work-related learning providers or apprenticeships, however, for a small number of our students, additional time at Corley Centre equips them with the confidence and independence skills to be able to take that next step.

In Post 16, students follow a 16-19 Programme of Study based on preparation for the world of work, alongside English, Maths, PSHE, Life Skills and Sport.

Students attend three extended work-experience placements over the year for two days a week, providing a range of work environments, which allows them to gain some insight into possible vocational interests. As part of their placements, students work towards ASDAN Employability and Workright courses.

The English, Maths and PSHE courses provide further progression from their Key Stage 4 attainment levels.