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Senior Department

The Senior department classes are organised into mixed age classes consisting of KS3 & KS4 students (Seahorse Maple, Holly, and Rowan class) and one group of KS4 year 11 learners (Sycamore class). Within the groups there is a focus on enabling our CYP to develop functional skills. This includes completing entry level qualifications (City & Guilds) in Literacy and Numeracy.

Students follow a formal pathway that is highly individualised in order to support them to achieve both their short and long term EHCP targets. Lessons are taught based around a topic based curriculum as well as having more discreet lessons around Talk for Writing, Numeracy, and Phonics.

The Senior department’s primary focus is to enable all of our learners to leave school with skills that will enable them to be as independent as possible in life. As well as following the National Curriculum, we also encourage further life skills, building on the independence learning completed in the Junior Department:

There is also a heavy emphasis on transition (beginning in year 9) that allows students to experience elements of life beyond Parkside, including opportunities to discuss their future with a careers advisor, visits to FE establishments, and discussions with professionals about their work lives. Students also are able to access a variety of different trips and work experience placements to allow them to gain cultural capital and develop their ideas about their future lives.