The curriculum and extra curricular activities at SAFE are designed to give our students all the opportunities they need to reach their academic potential, whilst ensuring their emotional and mental health, and social functioning, are scaffolded.
We strive to ensure that they leave us not only equipped for life in terms of qualifications but with the practical skills they need to live happy, fulfilled and independent lives.
Read about what’s on offer and scroll down to see an example timetable.
English is offered at Key Stage 3, Functional Skills and GCSE level, with emphasis placed both on real-world usage of language and emotional literacy. Creativity is encouraged, and the subject is heavily interest-linked.
Mathematics is taught at Key Stage 3, Functional Skills Levels 1 and 2, and GCSE Foundation and Higher. We aim to teach the subject in a hands-on, kinaesthetic manner, whilst preparing children for formal examinations.
We offer an exciting KS3 science programme that is taught through small projects. Our BTEC First in Applied Science, programme based on real world scenarios and links directly to programmes that would be offered in FE Colleges. We also offer Science GCSE for students wishing to take this route. The students can fully engage with the subject at a practical level.
Students at SAFE can cook to enhance their life skills and experiment. Older students can follow a BTEC Home Cooking course, which teaches them all the skills they need to cook, serve and store food safely, whilst exploring their creativity. We may be able to link this programme to offers at Local FE and sixth form colleges whenever students are ready.
We start by exploring a skills-based Art course at SAFE, which allows the students to gain confidence and learn artistic techniques; we also explore art history through practical projects. Later students can access the Bronze and Silver Arts Awards through which they can explore subjects as diverse as film making, textiles, music, drama and traditional Art skills. Students can also study for GCSE Art and Design with a focus in one specialised area.
We begin ICT at SAFE by helping KS3 students to access and become confident with G-Suite for Education, followed by the Digital Enterprise Award in Bronze, Silver or Gold. Students can access education via our remote platform and in person. We are offering the BTEC First in Information and Creative Technology at Level 1 and 2 which is ideal for students who want to explore the creative digital industries through practical contexts.
PE at SAFE focuses on a different sport each half term. All sports are externally coached by qualified staff in specialist facilities. Students can experience a wide variety of sports, from sailing to equestrian activities.
Group Sensory Integration sessions are offered at the start of each school day, to help to develop, aid and support students’ cognitive, motor and emotional abilities throughout their lessons.
Personal and Social Development
Weekly sessions for each year group focus on aspects of personal, social and health education, such as sex and relationships education, money management and support for wider functioning in society.
Children at SAFE can access therapeutic sessions such as Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and targeted 1:1s. These are individualised and based on each child’s needs.
Our after-school clubs are based on the needs and interests of our current cohort of students, so are subject to change dependent on these factors. Here are examples of some of the clubs we have run in the past.
GCSE Club is an opportunity for those sitting exams to get in a bit of extra, teacher-supported study.
Students can learn to knit, crochet, sew and dye yarns and fabrics in this multi-sensory, practical and fun club.
Film club offers students the chance to develop social skills and friendships while exploring classic film themes as well as the emotional and life understanding we can gain from them.
Students can bond over books by exploring their favourites and sharing a love of reading to enhance emotional as well as actual literacy.
Dungeons and Dragons Club
At SAFE, DnD is used as a form of Speech and Language Therapy. Children are put into groups that will be compatible with their needs.
Students who attend this club are able to construct and paint plastic models, be it Airfix, Warhammer, Lego or anything else that takes their fancy.