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Our Curriculum

Parents/Carers or other members of the public can find out more about the curriculum we follow by accessing the ‘Curriculum Information’ section of our website or by contacting our Deputy Headteacher- Peter Swarbrick at peter.swarbrick@rose.lancs.sch.uk or 01282 683050. Alternatively, you can contact our Assistant Headteacher for Teaching and Learning- Chloe Gee at chloe.gee@rose.lancs.sch.uk or 01282 683050.


Developing our Curriculum

Our Curriculum is ambitious and tailored to meet the needs of ALL pupils. Pupils study a broad and balanced range of subjects up to Entry Level Certificate, Functional Skills Level 1 & 2, BTEC Level 1 & 2, and GCSE. There is no narrowing of our curriculum offer from years 10 – 11.

Our curriculum has evolved as we tailor the needs of our children to what they can achieve; we listened to the pupils when they talked about their aspirations in life. Some of our pupils aren’t always motivated by academic subjects, and if they aren’t motivated, they can be drawn into disruptive behaviour. We have looked at the subjects that reflected their aspirations and ambitions and developed our curriculum accordingly; some want to be chefs, so we have introduced BTEC Home Cooking, some are motivated by playing games so they can now succeed in BTEC sport qualifications.

As an SEMH school, we have to adapt our teaching, both in terms of style and content, to encourage the children to embrace their learning. Not all children are able to meet the demands of the new GCSE syllabuses. We have introduced BTEC as it provides a better learning platform for our children. The ‘hands on learning’ approach allows them to develop portfolios over time to achieve success. Further to this, we also recognise, and promote among the children, that achieving a BTEC Level 1 or Level 2, along with qualifications in English and Maths especially, will enhance their options at college or in employment when they leave school. BTECs at Level 1 and Level 2 provide a clear gateway to courses on offer at colleges; we promote the idea that they will be able to pursue the BTEC pathway into Level 2, 3 and ultimately, a career.

We listen to our pupils. We know our pupils. And we want them to achieve all they can while they’re at The Rose School.

To strengthen this approach, we focus on the knowledge and understanding needed for subjects across KS3 to prepare them for KS4. We keep our curriculum broad and balanced from year 7 to 11 as it allows pupils to study a wide range of subjects at greater depth.

Our curriculum offers GCSEs, BTEC, Functional Skills Level 1 and 2 certificates, and Entry Level Certificates. The subjects are being taught from Y7 through to Y11 and include:

  • English (GCSE, Functional Skills – Levels 1 and 2 and ELC)
  • Maths (GCSE, Functional Skills – Levels 1 and 2 and ELC)
  • Science (GCSE and Entry Level Certificate)
  • Art
  • Food Technology (BTEC Level 1 & 2 – Home Cooking)
  • Design Technology
  • Computing
  • Sport/PE (BTEC)
  • Humanities (Geography GCSE and ELC)
  • RE (GCSE Short Course)
  • PSHE
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award (Bronze & Silver)

Aside from the academic curriculum, each KS3 class follows a programme in Forest School. KS4 classes follow a programme in OAA. This has been a positive addition to our broad curriculum and has personalised the curriculum for all.

Targeted interventions are also part of our daily programme, where pupils have the opportunity to develop their social development; this allows us to focus on the social and emotional aspects of learning, namely self awareness, managing feelings, motivation, empathy and social skills.

Academic interventions are in place for Maths and English.  Pupils who need that extra support to enhance their Numeracy and Literacy are provided with extra sessions that are in small groups or 1:1. With this targeted support at an early stage in KS3, we can ensure we our pupils have the necessary numeracy and literacy skills for later life.

In addition to this, British Values is at the core of our ethos as a school and each week opportunities are provided where pupils can explore and discuss issues relevant to them as they develop into citizens of the future. We want our pupils to leave  The Rose School with an understanding of the society and cultures around them, with high aspirations for the future. We are not just learning academically or socially, our pupils are all Learning for Life.

Our aim is for all our pupils to leave school after Year 11 with a well rounded understanding of the world around them and an array of qualifications that will help them into their next phase of life.