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College Park School Federation of Westminster Special Schools

Our Curriculum

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The curriculum at College Park School is designed to meet the individual needs of each of our pupils within the context of a broad, balanced, integrated, creative, topic-based approach, guided by the requirements of the National Curriculum. Following admission, each pupil’s individual needs and abilities are assessed, and an Individual Education Programme (IEP) is written, which lists key objectives for that pupil for the coming year, This is then discussed and agreed with parents/carers during parents/carers evenings. Teachers then incorporate these personalised goals, and more focussed targets into their termly planning for each topic area. Therapists work closely with each class group and planning meetings are held regularly with the teacher to ensure a holistic, needs-led approach to the pupils education.

In the EYFS we deliver much of the foundation curriculum through topics, with discrete lessons on English, Maths, PSHE and PE. Intensive interaction and play are integral elements used throughout early years. They also work on the Prime Areas of Learning i.e. Communication & Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

In Key Stages 1 and 2 we teach all subjects of the National Curriculum with a strong emphasis on developing pupil’s literacy, numeracy, communication and play skills. We incorporate elements of the TEACCH and SCERTS models in to our lessons, which are highly structured and supported with visual cues.

In Key Stage Three we continue to offer all subjects of the National Curriculum, but they are delivered using the primary model of delivery, with most subjects being delivered by the form teacher. Discrete lessons are in Literacy, Numeracy, Science, Music, PE, Drama and PSHE. Subjects such as geography, history and Religious Education are taught through topic.

At Key Stage Four and at Post-16, we continue to offer the core curriculum. Again, focussed on Functional Skills and Independence, all of which contribute to the ASDAN accreditations Personal Progress. Pupils are also given the opportunity to use Functional Skills at their level, with some pupils receiving an accreditation in entry level English, Maths and ICT. Pupils participate in work experience by supporting QE2’s café, making sandwiches, selling them to staff, and working at a local park. Some students are able to work with Westminster Business Partnership and go on work experience in local businesses.

Throughout the school we make use of our dedicated Music, Art and Food Technology suites. All secondary pupils have Music, Drama, Art and Food Technology on their timetable.  Pupils use local sports centres for P.E and leisure where possible, and we promote independence through Travel Training to and from local facilities. There are trips to a wide variety of places, generally within London, as well as local shops to develop social interaction, community awareness and shopping skills.

College Park School also has an outstanding provision for Creative Arts and Music and pupils regularly participate in projects and workshops with a wide range of external, world-renowned providers, such as Cirque du Soleil, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Tate Modern gallery. Pupils enjoy visits to cultural venues such as the theatre, music concerts and art galleries.

If you would like any further information about the curriculum at College Park School, please contact the school, where you will be able to talk to your child's class teacher and/or the heads of department.
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