Curriculum at Branas School

The curriculum at Branas School is holistic, with education, care and therapy available to all students, working together to promote learning and increased self-awareness, self-confidence and self-esteem. The curriculum is the sum total of all the experiences that young people have from the moment they arrive at school in the morning until they leave at the end of the school day. It includes subjects, areas of learning and aspects of personal and social development, which are organised and delivered by staff and partners.

The curriculum is characterised by breadth, balance, continuity, progression, differentiation, inclusion and relevance – each interpreted in relation to the context of Branas School, and the particular features of its learners. It extends beyond the school day, with care staff supporting homework and delivering and developing life skills that are accredited through the school, as part of the school’s provision.

Academically, all pupils access the curriculum areas in line with the Independent Schools Standards. Individually, pupils’ access to the curriculum is dependent on individual needs for learning, and as assessed at point of admission through use of a comprehensive suite of baseline and diagnostic assessment tools. Pupil learning can then be tailored to specifically meet individual needs. The taught curriculum is based on programmes of study suitable for KS3 and KS4 and covers the core areas of English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, ICT, PSE (including sex and relationship education) and Religious Studies. Additionally, provision is made for Art and Design and Physical Education.

This provision is enhanced through an Enrichment programme that includes outdoor and adventurous activities, vocational studies, community projects, voluntary work, cross curricular thinking skills and a range of cultural and educational visits and visitors. We aim to ensure that each Key Stage 4 pupil has at least one work experience placement, where risk assessments permit.