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Learning

Pupil and teacher

Curriculum

An ambitious, rounded education for every child

We are a high-performing school, providing an exceptional education to all our children. We are here to provide academic excellence and an environment where all our pupils learn well.

We aim for our pupils to achieve in appropriate and different public examinations ranging from Unit Award Schemes to GCSEs and A levels, and more: we teach to the extremes of your child’s educational ability, giving equal attention to the things they are great at and the things they struggle with.

We deliver the full National Curriculum throughout the school, starting with the Early Years Foundation Stage for our youngest children.

Your child will study at the level they are ready for, regardless of their age and we will draw on expertise from within the school and beyond to ensure that your child is always challenged to their full ability.

A complete education for life

Every student at Church Lawton has a truly personalised curriculum and timetable. Your child learns at their own pace and according to their own needs and interests. We always find a way to deliver the learning your child needs.

Students learn traditional academic subjects alongside the life skills they’ll need to become confident young adults. At every stage, students have their own timetable, which we plan with them according to their ability, needs and interests.

The student’s timetable includes support from our education psychologists, speech and language therapists and occupational therapist.

We teach all the academic subjects of the National Curriculum. Our long experience of teaching children with autism lets us deliver each subject in a practical and structured way that plays to the students strengths. Our students have a range of abilities and our high staffing levels means we can provide small group teaching as well as individual support.

Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE), and British Values is an important part of our curriculum at every stage. Through it we introduce our students to life skills, when they enter Key Stage 3 they will learn about careers and work experience.

Many of our older students take qualifications such as ELC, GCSEs, BTECs and A levels.

Our school day

Some students start with a physical activity followed by relaxation, which helps your child to be ready to learn, especially if they have had a long journey to school.

In our Early Years and Primary department your child will spend most of their time with their own teacher and support staff. They are also taught by specialists in PE and Adventure Learning.

In our secondary department.  Pupils either move up from our primary department or join as a new pupil in KS3. English and Maths lessons are taught in the mornings as evidence shows this is the best time for concentration. The full national curriculum including Religious Education is offered, and is adapted to the pace and learning style of each group. we teach independence and social skills as well as academic lessons throughout KS3.

Dependent upon the appropriate pathway, students may start in a class where they have a team of staff for most lessons, however they will gradually become expected to move around the building more than in the primary department and also will be taught by different staff for specialist subjects. They will remain with their class teacher.  Other pathways allow students to work with specialist subject teachers for their core lessons. Their support staff move with them to each lesson.

Our curriculum

We teach all the academic subjects of the National Curriculum. Our long experience of teaching children with autism lets us deliver each subject in a practical and structured way that plays to your child’s strengths. Our students have a range of abilities and our high staffing levels means we can provide small group teaching as well as individual support.

Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) is an important part of our curriculum at every stage. Through it we introduce our students to life skills, and as your child enters Key Stage 4 they will learn about careers, work experience, and sex and relationship education with your consent.

Many of our older students take qualifications such as GCSEs, BTECs and A levels. They can study vocational, specialist and higher level subjects in a local school or college, which means that they can choose from an extremely wide range of subjects and qualifications.

We begin planning your child’s transition to post-16 education when they are 14. They may transfer to a mainstream college or school or move up into our separate Church Lawton Hub.

Post-16 learning

In our yet to be opened 6th Form Centre, our young people prepare actively for adult life among students of their own age, focusing on problem solving and decision making, and on independent living skills.

A really important feature of life in the centre will be the amount of time our young people spend learning outside the centre every day. This allows them to gain valuable experience of life outside school, mixing with other young people, gaining confidence, and seeing that everything they have learned is good preparation for adult life. Our strong links to local colleges mean our young people can choose from an enormous range of subjects, follow their interests and skills, and try new subjects and activities. They can also learn while working with local employers.

MyProgress® at Church Lawton

At Church Lawton we use MyProgress®, The National Autistic Society’s programme for working with children with autism. For your child, MyProgress® means that from the day we meet them to the day they leave our school, their learning will be completely tailored to their needs. With MyProgress®, we will assess your child regularly, plan the approaches and strategies that will work best for them, deliver them and monitor your child’s progress. We are systematic and thorough, and above all, we work with you and your child to create the best education for them as an individual.

You can view The NAS Academy Trust curriculum policy by downloading a PDF version.

Learning beyond Church Lawton School

Our education is designed to help your child gain knowledge and skills that will take them on to further study and adult life. We therefore give all our pupils plenty of opportunities to extend their learning beyond our classrooms.

We make regular visits to places of interest such as local farms, parks and National Trust properties, linking our trips to the topics we are studying in class. We encourage your child to interact with as many people as possible, building their confidence and skills, for example by choosing and buying their own snacks in a local shop.

Our older children will take part in work experience and have opportunities to study in local colleges and universities.

“My favourite lessons are maths and science because they are fun.” - Alfie

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