The School curriculum is based around a clear focus on :

  • English and Mathematics taught discretely but also integrated into all lessons
  • A broad and balanced curriculum coverage of the other National Curriculum subjects
  • A strong focus on PSHE
  • ICT integrated and functional rather than taught discretely
  • A topic-based approach using the John Muir Award and a termly  thematic approach
  • A strong focus on Outdoor Learning and PE and Sport
  • An Option subject where learners can choose a subject to study eg. Spanish

Core subjects such as English and Maths follow national curriculum progression stages. Our thematic approach and PSHE lessons follow a two or three-year spiral approach where the topic is revisited but at a higher academic level.

We recognise that some learners make small steps of progress and thus use Connecting Steps to track this progress.

Key outcomes

Underlying  all subjects and all key stages are our five placement outcomes:

  • Well-being
  • Communication
  • Skills
  • Independence
  • Employability

Wherever you go in St. John’s, our school or our college or our Employability Hub or our Involve programme, you will find these five areas underlying each and every lesson or session.