The Springfields Academy

Reach South Academy Trust

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14-16 – KS4


Key Stage 4 (14- 16)

Entry level cohort/Functional Skills:

Learning builds on the foundations and approaches of link primary phase cohort. Learners benefit from a positive relationship with their tutor who delivers their learning in core subjects through a thematic approach. Pupils attend ‘pathway’ learning of special interest alongside peers from their phase. 

GCSE cohort. Pupils are supported to manage transitions and organisational requirements around accessing and making progress within an age appropriate curriculum through approaches such as TEACCH. Pupils learn from subject specialists where there is a greater focus on depth of knowledge within the subject. 

Flexibility – Academic Pathway

Our experience indicates that pupils with a diagnosis of autism may have a ‘special interest’ that they excel in e.g. Maths.

As a result, we will look to provide opportunity for pupils to follow an entry level pathway in a range of core subjects but then study their area of ‘special interest’ at a higher level e.g. GCSE Maths

Specific curriculum pathways

In addition to the core offer, all pupils will follow one specific curriculum pathway related to an area of pupil’s interest, outcomes in the EHCP and preparation for transition into adulthood.

These pathways (list below) will deliver a range of key outcomes that include:

  • A range of accreditation within this chosen pathway (in line with cognitive ability)
  • Accreditation in relation to the key aspects of preparation for adulthood that include, health, employability, community inclusion and independent living. All pupils will be expected to complete work experience and travel training.
  • CIAG and supported transition into post-16 provision.

The proposed curriculum pathways are:

  • Sport, leisure and tourism
  • Business, enterprise and creative media
  • Outdoor learning, environment and countryside management
  • Engineering and transport
  • Hospitality, catering and event management
  • Creative art, customer services and beauty industry

SEND Teachers:

English - Miss Maxine Page

Maths - Mr Richard Lewis

Science - Miss Sofia Ben Ali

Humanities - Miss Sue O'Reilly

Computer Science - Mr Andrew Cameron

Nurture Teacher and Hair and Beauty Instructor - Mrs Tracey Robertson 

P.E. - Mr Darren Mullings

P.E. - Miss Aisha Farmillo

P.E. - Mr Lee Davidson

Catering - Mr Howard Cale

Motor Vehicle - Mr Kenny Smith

LOTC - Mr Gerrard Hurles

LOTC - Mr Alistair Bell