Curriculum Overview

The Abbey provides a broad curriculum, differentiated to allow students to learn at their individual levels, that promotes a curiosity about the world, encourages a love of learning and prepares students for life.

There are assemblies across the week; whole school, for each Key Stage and year group, which focus on a wide range subjects which promote British Values and Zones of Regulation, topical and current issues, traditions and religious themes.

Reading across the school is a priority and incorporating Colourful Semantics is used to support understanding of words, concepts and sentence structure.

Key Stage 3

The Core Curriculum for KS3 incorporates English, Mathematics, Science and Computing.  

The Foundation Curriculum for KS3 incorporates PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education), RE, History, Geography, Physical Education (PE) and Art. Year 7 also have 1 lesson a week each of Music and Practical Studies.

The Enrichment Curriculum for KS3 incorporates further P.E. , Media, Work Skills, Drama, Money Skills and D.T. 

Key Stage 4

The Core Curriculum for KS4 incorporates English, Mathematics, Science, Computing and PSHE.  

KS4 Options incorporate a choice of Art, Catering, Child Care, Design Technology, Duke of Edinburgh/Volunteering, Graphics, Geography, History, Horticulture, Media, Music, Performing Arts/Dance, Sports Leadership and Work Experience. 

One morning a week, students attend college and participate in a range of activities aimed at preparing them for their transition from school to their Post-16 provision. Students benefit from the opportunity to experience a different campus and use canteen facilities where they can practice their money skills.

Personal Development

Across the school, students work towards achieving their targets taken from their EHCPs. In addition, they have the opportunity for swimming lessons, Life Skills lessons and a wide range of off-site trips and visits (Covid permitting). 

The Abbey School Learning Journey
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