Education at Reddish Hall School
At Reddish Hall School, we pride ourselves on our students receiving a broad and balanced curriculum, with opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge that they are interested in as well as ensuring that they leave with the personal qualities, skills and qualifications needed to progress into college, apprenticeships or employment.
Primary classes follow the National Curriculum as guidance. We aim to ensure that pupils can have similar experiences and opportunities to their peers in mainstream schools, taking into account their baseline assessments and social and emotional needs. This can mean that some children who are at a developmentally lower age than their chronological one, will experience the curriculum through approaches that are tailored to their learning style, which may be experiential or a continuous provision.
Pupils experience Maths, English, Science, History, Geography and R.E. (Which may be delivered through a topic based approach), access, horticulture, PE including swimming, computing and art/design. Emphasis is placed on pupils working towards their EHCP targets, as well as developing phonic knowledge, reading skills and numeracy. There is also the focus on social and emotional development. Many children are with us as they struggle to regulate their emotions, so teaching approaches are developed to aid children firstly to be ready for learning, and for learning to occur at the pace of which an individual child can manage successfully, and to promote progress in all areas.
Social skills and interpersonal skills are also taken into consideration, with many children finding school difficult due to barriers in these areas. Circle time and play may be facilitated, with facilitated play key in some primary classes to aid both social skills and communication.
Our secondary department follows the usual model of a high school with students moving to the teacher’s room for each lesson. The full range of subjects are covered at Key Stage 3 (years 7-9) with the content for each guided by the National Curriculum. In English for example, pupils can expect to study the full range of texts and language techniques, while in maths pupils will study all aspects of the subjects using baselining assessments to guide the teacher as to which stage to begin learning in each area. Students learn science as practically as possible through experiments. Computing and design are heavily featured in the school week, with an emphasis on ensuring students are as up to date as possible with new technologies. Local, off site facilities are used for PE, which covers a range of sports, skills and teamwork. Pupils also get the chance to experience outdoor education, such as climbing and canoeing. PSHE is a key part of the curriculum, coving aspects of citizenship, sex and relationships, first aid and personal safety.
At Key Stage 4, students work towards appropriate qualifications, such as GCSE’s, in maths, English, science, computing, art and history. Students also undertake a qualification, ‘Preparation for Working Life’, which instructs applying for post 16 opportunities and careers. A City and Guilds qualification in horticulture and animal care is also offered. Key stage 4 students still receive lessons in PE, PSHE and RE. Our aim is that our students leave us at the end of year 11 with a place at college, employment or an apprenticeship secured, as well as having the emotional and social skills to be successful and happy young people.
Homework in primary is centred around basic skills, with reading, spelling and numeracy based tasks each week. Additional homework may be set around the interests and skills of a child after discussion with the parent or carer.
In secondary, we have a unique homework system, where homework task books are provided. Pupils are asked to complete as much as they can over the course of a set period of weeks. For every page completed as raffle ticket is issued with a draw to win a coveted prize such as an MP3 player. The motivates our students and helps to develop their independence around work away from school.
Reddish Hall School is an Acorn Education and Care Independent day special school for students between the ages of 5 -18. The staff at Reddish Hall School have a proven track record of successfully meeting a wide range of Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs. We are experienced in recognising and working with a wide range of additional challenges students face, including Autism, speech language and communication difficulties, dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, and SpLD. The school prides itself on being able to offer an appropriate curriculum for students ranging in ability from those with Moderate Learning difficulties to those who are gifted and talented
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