- Mrs V. Lewis – Head of KS3 – 0161 406 7922 / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Start: 9:00am
- Finish: 1:30pm (1:15 for those students with ‘Earnback’ time)
- Provide time-limited support for young people designated as PARE (‘Pupil at Risk of Exclusion’) – with a view to a return to their referring school within 13 weeks.
- Provide extended support for young people designated as Permanently Excluded – with a view to a fresh start at a new school within 26 weeks.
- Provide ‘focused respite’ in terms of breaking cycles of conflict, often rooted in high-anxiety and fight responses – particularly where there has been a relatively sudden escalation and short history of behaviour concerns.
- Provide a smaller yet mainstream-orientated setting whereby a young person with questions around the nature of their needs and roots of their disruptive / aggressive presentation can be placed under a ‘gentle scrutiny’ through observation and assessment.
- Formulate a programme of mentoring that will make inroads into a young person’s perspective of themselves, others and the value of learning – with a view to this being carried forward by their mainstream school / special school.
- Provide practical, constructive recommendations to the student’s future school in terms of the work they can carry forward for the young person – with a view to preventing behaviour escalating in the future.
- Establish / re-establish working relationship between school professionals, family and any outside agencies.
- In partnership with the referring mainstream school, plan and implement a personalised route back to school.
The students follow a specific curriculum which is outlined here: KS3 Curriculum Overview 20 – 21
The curriculum offer is based around a creative / thematic model where students undertake projects that draw upon a range of subjects. The Project carousel at present involves:
Autumn 1 – Mystery and Magic – The Ancient Maya
Autumn 2 – World War 1 – People, Poets and Peace
Spring 1 – To Infinity and Beyond
Spring 2 – Our Blue Planet – Raging Rivers
Summer 1 – Our Green Planet – Mighty Mountains
Summer 2 – Invaders and Settlers (Ancient Romans)
Other detailed summaries of schemes of work for KS3 can be accessed here: KS3 Schemes of Work Summaries. Whilst working towards academic goals (i.e. progression through levels / grades), our curriculum also seeks to develop the whole person through the ‘Character 120’ approach which sees every lesson carry a personal development goal alongside subject goals.
Our curriculum at KS3 includes a regular careers input which is outlined here: Careers at Highfields.
A leaflet summarising the offer at KS3 can be accessed here: KS3 Student Handbook 2020-2021