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Options and Pathways

Organisation of the curriculum

At KS3 the curriculum complies as closely as possible with the requirements of the National Curriculum and is currently organised as follows:

Subject

Key Stage 3

English

3

Mathematics

2

Science

2

PE

3

Construction/ Hair and Beauty

2

Art

2

Park Life

1

Food

2

PSHCE

1

Open Minds

1

Urban Skills

2

Citizenship

1

 Forest School

2

 COPE

1

KS3 12 Week Short Term Provision:

The 12-week short term provision is an intensive package which is aimed at students identified by their mainstream school to be at risk of permanent exclusion or those who need a period of respite in order to address the barriers to learning they are experiencing. This approach is designed to reengage, reintegrate and return pupils to school within a term.

The majority of the centre-based provision addresses and challenges the complex needs of the students which has led to them being dual-registered with The Park ESC. Topics covered include: Having a Conversation, My Strengths, Dealing with Anger, Confrontation, Conflict Behaviour and Bullying through our Open Minds curriculum. Students are also offered lessons in English, Maths as well as more practical subjects such as Construction, Hair & Beauty, Art and PE. In addition, students spend time doing bespoke activities which promote collaborative working, social cohesion and resilience. Meal times or break times are included but are used as learning opportunities in how to behave and engage positively during unstructured times in school. Students will also receive sessions as required from our Lifecoach, Counsellor or Arts Therapist.

Throughout the programme contact is maintained with the referring school. Students are gradually supported by Park ESC staff to reintegrate back in to mainstream education. The aim is for students to leave The Park ESC by the end of the programme and receive outreach support as required. 

KS4

The KS4 core curriculum is comprised of: English, Maths, PE, CoPE and PSHE.  In addition, students have 4 in-house options choices and one offsite options choice. The curriculum is currently organised as follows:

Subject

Year 10

Year 11

English

2

2

Mathematics

2

2

CoPE

2

2

PE

2

2

Option subjects x 4

2(8)

2(8)

PSHCE

1

1

Vocational Option

5

5

 Mentoring

         1 1

 Enrichment

         1 1

Key Stage 4 Optional Subjects

GCSE Art

BTEC Sport

BTEC Childcare

GCSE Business Studies

NCFE Food

BTEC Construction

VTCT Hair and Beauty

BTEC Science

Princes Trust

Practical learning opportunities (PLO ) at Oaklands College – Level 1/Entry Level Qualification

  • Option courses are reviewed every year to ensure that the courses offered continue to meet the needs of each particular year group
  • The options system is currently organised on a free choice basis with blocks constructed to enable the maximum number of students to be placed on their preferred courses
  • Selection by ability forms no part of the options placement process at KS4. However, guidance around which pathway is most suitable for students (including, for example, the decision about whether to study Science is made in consultation with staff based on a student’s achievement in that subject area)