The Peak Academy Learning & Education

Overview

The Peak Academy Curriculum 2021-22

The uniqueness of every child is recognised and valued. As such, we have designed our curriculum with pupils’ holistic needs at the centre of what, why and how we approach their learning and development. We constantly adapt our learning journey to meet the needs and interests of our pupils, offering an excellent education underpinned by a broad and balanced curriculum that gives pupils opportunities to build subject knowledge and skills, alongside developing the attributes and experiences needed to ensure they are well equipped for the next stages in life.

We have focused our curriculum on four main areas of development that allow for implementation across all subject areas, pastoral engagement, targeted interventions, and therapeutic support.


Perseverance - persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success

Within the curriculum pupils will have the opportunity to develop:

- Resilience to take on challenges and manage ‘tough’ times and situations

- Independence for themselves so they are set up better in later life.

- A ‘Can do’ culture, where giving up isn’t the first option.

Peak Academy value - TRUST

Excel – a vigorous or determined attempt:

Within the curriculum:

- A greater emphasis is put on effort than outcome where student achievement is rewarded and celebrated.

- Challenge and opportunity is given to the pupils so they acquire the key knowledge, skills and understanding needed for current and future success in later life.

- Gain a love of reading to support their literacy skills that create a foundation all other learning is built on.

Peak Academy value - EXCELLENCE

Attitude - a settled way of thinking or feeling about something:

Within the curriculum:

- Pupils will develop, over time, the skills and temperament to self-manage failure and their emotions.

- Pupils will be better at reflecting and managing situations

- Pupils will develop the attributes ready to contribute successfully to society

Peak Academy value - RESPECT

Kindness - the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate:

Within the curriculum:

- There will be an understanding of what kindness is and how to demonstrate it to others

- Pupils will have the opportunity to help and give back to others and the school and their community

- Develop character, have personal moral values, show respect for religious values and tolerance of other races’ beliefs and ways of life

Peak Academy value - HUMILITY

Implementation Overview

EHCP Priorities

Social, Emotional and Mental Health Communication and Interaction

PKA Priorities

  • Perseverance - persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success
  • Excel - a vigorous or determined attempt
  • Attitude - a settled way of thinking or feeling about something
  • Kindness - the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate

UNIVERSAL OFFER OF SUPPORT

xbox Room

Pupil Council

Library

Go-Karts

Sensory Room

Outdoor Trim Trail

Peer Mentoring

Sports Hall/ Fitness Suite

Engage in Their Future

ICT Suite

Pastoral Room

Careers Hub

Forest School

MUGA

Reward/ Educational Trips

Key Adult

Staff Mentoring

Swimming

SPECIALIST OFFER OF SUPPORT

Preparation for Adulthood

Career Guidance

School Nurse

PCSO

Literacy Intervention

School Counsellor

Home Visits

Work Placements

Nurture

TARGETED OFFER OF SUPPORT

Educational Psychologist

Safe Spaces

CAMHs

Bridge (Trades)

Bike Project

Skylark/ WAM (Outdoor Ed)

Outreach Team

THERAPEUTIC OFFER

Occupational Therapy

Speech and Language Therapy

Art Therapy

Equine Therapy

CORE CURRICULUM

PSHE/ SRE

SMSC/ Assembly

English

Literacy

DEAR

Maths

Numeracy

TT Rockstars

Science

Biology

Physics

Chemistry

Sport

Physical Activity

Art

PERSONALISED CURRICULUM

Vocational

Technology

Humanities

Socialisation

IT

Creative

Mechanics

Food Tech

Geography

EQ

Gaming

Art

Child Care

Design Tech

RE

Forest School

Coding

Drama

Public Services

Construction/ Carpentry

History

Life Skills/ Experience

Outdoor Ed

Sport

Basic Food Skills

Project

Nurture

Fantastic Friday

Pathway

1

2

3

4

Who is this aimed at?

Students wanting to/ or able to access level 3 courses or higher education – GCSEs/ BTECs

Students wanting to or able to access Further Education/ Vocational Curriculum, plus some GCSEs

Bespoke Curriculum Package/ Needs based provision

Alternative Provision Off-site

School refuser

Prior Attainment/ Baseline Data

Pupils who have prior attainment data from SATs – with a level 3+ or score of 90+

WAVE 3 reading age

Pupils who have prior attainment data from SATs – with a level 2 or score of 80- 90

WAVE 2 reading age

Pupils who have either no prior attainment data such as SATs – i.e. those who were unable to access national tests

Some WAVE 2 and below reading age

Depends on the cognitive ability of the pupils and their starting point/ age at the alternative provision – usually varied

The level of SEMH need in relation to accessing learning

Peak Academy Options

Core: Maths, English, Science, PSHE, PE

2 or 3 Choices: Mechanics, Child Care, Food Skills, Construction, Art, Sport, Public Services, Life Skills

Core: English and Maths, PSHE, SMSC, SRE, Careers

1 or 2 Choices: Mechanics, Child Care, Food Skills, Construction, Art, Sport, Public Services, Life Skills

Core: English, Maths

1 Vocational course and Life Skills

Prep for post-16

External Providers Options

Work placements

N/A

Qualifications

AQA Unit Awards in KS3

Entry Level in Y9/ Y10

Functional Skills in Y10/ Y11

GCSE in Y11

Level 1 and 2 vocational in Y11

AQA Unit Awards in KS3

Entry Level in Year 10/ 11

Functional Skills in Year 11

Level 1 Vocational in Y11

Entry Level Functional Skills in Year 10/11

Level 1 Vocational in Year 11

Expected Progress

Hit or be above FFT5

100% completion on vocational courses, minimum at Certificate for Level 1 and Pass for Level 2

1 grade below FFT5

100% completion on vocational courses, minimum at Award for Level 1

Entry Level 3 in Maths and English

100% completion on vocational courses at Award for Level 1

Improved attendance, behaviour, engagement in education. On track for post 16 provision


Implementation Overview Download

Impact Overview

Our aim is to:

  • They will gain valuable life skills and experiences that will reflect the four key areas of the INTENT; this will lead to being better prepared for adulthood.
  • Ensure pupils are ready for the next stage by the point they leave the school, they will attend a suitable post-16 course that is maintained and one in which they can achieve the next level of success.
  • Have a well-constructed, well-taught curriculum that leads to good outcomes for individual pupils because those results will reflect what pupils have learned.
  • Ensure pupils can read to an age-appropriate level and fluency.

Nurture

Nurture at The Peak Academy is a separate department which supports our most vulnerable young pupils who are not at the stage of being able to access the main teaching and learning at the Academy. The aim of the department is to re-engage pupils with the learning experience. There is an emphasis on promoting socially acceptable behaviour, developing positive relationships and trust, the development of an individual’s self-esteem, and opportunities to experience success in the process of learning.

This department focuses strongly on the six principles of nurture.

  1. Pupils’ learning is understood developmentally.
  2. The classroom offers a safe base.
  3. Nurture is important for the development of self esteem.
  4. Language is understood as a vital means of communication.
  5. All behaviour is communication.
  6. Transitions are significant in the lives of children.

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