Curriculum & Term Dates

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Our school curriculum

At the heart of our school, our curriculum is a synergy between the core subjects of English and maths which seeks to engage pupils, using their own special interests.

The coverage of the national curriculum is achieved through innovative strategies that seek to combine the subjects in a themed curriculum framework. This allows the team to be responsive to the changing needs of the children and young people, whilst providing a robust structure that ensures that the national curriculum is addressed. All this is underpinned by our Waking Day Curriculum which links education and care. 

The multidisciplinary approach is key to the success of the school and individual young people.

Therapeutic approaches are embedded in the delivery of the curriculum. The on-site therapy team work closely with session leaders to ensure effective multidisciplinary working. The Therapy Enterprise projects, recognised by Ofsted as ‘excellent’, serve as a highly effective vehicle for the delivery of diagnosed therapy needs. These projects have won a number of national awards from the Young Enterprise accreditation scheme. Young people are able to undertake internal and external work placements and access a range of community activities. The internal work experience placements include working on reception, in the café, carrying out administration duties, such as auditing and ordering resources and working with the grounds team. External work experience opportunities include visits to local dementia homes, running a stand at local markets and working with animals at an external farm school. 

The School curriculum is based around:

  • English and mathematics taught discretely but integrated into all lessons
  • A broad and balanced curriculum coverage of the other National Curriculum subjects
  • A strong focus on P.S.H.E.
  • ICT integrated and functional rather than taught discretely
  • A topic-based approach using the John Muir Award
  • A strong focus on outdoor learning and P.E.
  • An option subject where young people can choose a subject to study.

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 children & young people make small steps of progress and thus use Connecting Steps to track this progress.

Key outcomes

Underlying all subjects are our five placement outcomes:






Get Involved

If you are interested in a placement at St. John’s, please contact our Admissions Team.