Through the academic curriculum we attempt to fulfil our principal aim to provide an educational and social experience to meet the learning and emotional needs of our pupils and to develop each individual’s true potential, as they progress towards adult life.
The young people who attend Westbury School have a range of emotional and behavioural difficulties. Their needs are many and varied and some may be beyond the school’s current expertise. A common factor, however, is that all our pupils have experienced interruption to their schooling at some time. Their education within previous establishments may have frequently been hindered as a consequence of their emotional and behavioural difficulties. This often means that they enter Westbury with a level of achievement well below that of their chronological age. Pupils can demonstrate a number of negative attitudes and feelings towards school and learning which are often exaggerated by low self esteem and a lack of confidence in their own abilities. They may have an expectation that they will fail again because of their past experiences or indeed believe that adults see them as failures and therefore have low expectations of them.
Through the provision of a positive and challenging curriculum we attempt to overcome these negative attitudes to learning. The curriculum is designed to enable young people to achieve success on a regular basis. We believe this success should be recognised and regularly celebrated. The curriculum is characterised by teaching and learning strategies which focus on young people’s strengths and minimise the risk of failure whilst presenting challenges which lead to an increasing sense of personal achievement. Staff adopt a flexible approach with a view to motivating and engaging pupils by meeting their individual needs. Learning opportunities should be active, involved, progressive and evaluated. The pupils should be aware of the high expectations adults have of them.
The curriculum should help pupils to:
- Develop enquiring minds with the ability to question, discuss, think rationally and work independently.
- Raise their self esteem through achievement and develop their self- confidence in preparation for meeting the challenges of adult life.
- Provide where possible opportunities for inclusion within the mainstream of society.
- Develop spiritual, cultural and moral values and an appreciation of religion and ways of life different from their own.
- Use language and number effectively.
- Acquire knowledge and skills relevant to adult life, society and employment in a fast changing world.
- Develop physical abilities and nurture aesthetic appreciation.
- Develop social skills, co-operation and collaboration.
- Appreciate human achievement and understand the value of human diversity in terms of intellectual and physical abilities.
- Appreciate the part they can play in society and understand their own value and worth.
- Understand the world in which they live and the interdependence of individuals, groups and nations.
CURRICULUM BREADTH AND BALANCE
At Westbury school we acknowledge our statutory obligations with regard to the National Curriculum. The National Curriculum is central to our collective belief in the need to raise standards for those pupils we teach. It establishes within its framework the common focus for learning in all schools. At Westbury we use the National curriculum as a basis to ensure that all of our pupils have the opportunity to access a broad and balanced curriculum experience, which is their entitlement. This entitlement must ensure that all our pupils have the chance to achieve whatever their individual needs .
Westbury School aims to provide a curriculum which recognises, respects and responds to the intellectual, social, cultural , moral and spiritual needs of pupils. The curriculum should provide equal opportunities for all pupils. The curriculum will be presented to pupils using a range of teaching and learning styles.