St Elizabeth’s School operates a Waking Day Curriculum, utilising a holistic approach to learning both in and outside of School hours. We pride ourselves on promoting and supporting independence as our children navigate their way through their academic and/or residential life here at St Elizabeth’s. We believe using a combination of National Curriculum and Waking Day Curriculum ensures all of our students can reach their fullest potential and provide them with the skills they will need to move on to the next stage in their lives, whether that be with us or in the community.
Individual Learning Plans (ILPs) are used throughout the School to focus learning for individual needs and underpin all learning across the Waking Day Curriculum, with pupils being encouraged to be involved in monitoring and setting their own targets and goals. A 1-2-1 support system across the School, combined with small class sizes enable young people to follow a suitable individual personalised curriculum, including access to our onsite Health and Therapy Services.
The National Curriculum is adapted and developed in order to meet the individual needs of our diverse and complex client groups. Each class is grouped based on a combination of age group/key stage and academic ability, ensuring activities and learning environments are resourceful and productive for every student. Please see below for an example timetable!
Rather than SATs, we currently carry out adult entry level assessments in English and Maths where students can achieve Entry Level 1, 2 or 3, with Entry Level 3 being the highest. Once our students reach 6th form, they follow an accredited City and Guilds programme, involving skills for working life and independent living skills. This enables students to set goals, and explore what it might be they want to do as they move into adult life. It also equips them with key skills needed to live as independently as possible. Should our Sixth Formers stay on at St Elizabeth's College, their course can carry over and continue.
All Teachers and Leaders track individual progress throughout the year, with a Review Progress report happening every half term for the School Governors and Headteacher to discuss and implement appropriate changes.