New Rush Hall School Curriculum Statement
At New Rush Hall School our curricular aim is two-fold. We need to help young people understand their feelings and manage their behaviour in ways that will enable them to be happier and more successful in their lives. Secondly we want to enable them to re-engage with learning and acquire skills and qualifications which will serve them well in school, post-school and as citizens in the community.
In designing our curriculum we have taken account of a wide range of factors. All of our pupils present challenging behaviour and/or experience significant emotional or social difficulties. All have also been unsuccessful in mainstream education.
The curriculum centres on key academic subjects including English, Maths, Science, ICT, Humanities subjects, as well as PE, Food Technology and Spanish, which is the only language and is taught across the school from KS2 to KS4. In addition Primary pupils have Music, Horticulture, Horseriding and swimming.
Primary pupils take KS2 SATS in Year 6. As our cohort of Year 6 pupils is small, we are unwilling to publish the results as this compromises pupil confidentiality. Please contact the school if you would like further information.
We provide a comprehensive programme of individual support which includes additional literacy and numeracy, psychotherapy and mentoring support for Looked After Children. We also implement programmes designed by the Speech and Language Service.
We continue to use some adaptations to National Curriculum levels as part of our rigorous pupil progress tracking system and are also developing ways of recording pupil’s skills, knowledge and progress in a way that is simple for pupils, parents and staff to understand. We are working with other schools in the Challenge Partnership to develop new models of academic assessment. Additionally we use the Muntham House Outcomes wheel to track behavioural, emotional and social progress as well as detailed in-house systems to monitor behavioural progress.
We make good use of the Primary PE grant to ensure that pupils maximise the opportunities for physical activity and sport, which provide the foundation a healthy lifestyle.