Our Education provision

At Westbourne School, we pride ourselves on offering a broad and balanced curriculum which is uniquely tailored to meet the individual needs of each pupil. By creating a blend of academic and vocational learning opportunities, we will strive to ensure that each pupil achieves success, regardless of what form it may take.

As a school we place as much importance on the social and emotional development as well as academic progress of each pupil and our curriculum matches this ethos. We believe that the curriculum is more than just timetabled lessons and we believe that the moment our pupils arrive, the curriculum begins. Each individual moment is viewed as an opportunity to learn and through the use of structures and routines, we will facilitate both academic achievement and personal growth through the use of individualised targets and thoroughly planned experiences.

Key Stage 3

The ethos here is to merge academic lessons with a variety of experiences and alternative learning opportunities.

Our pupils have often had limited positive experiences of traditional classroom based learning and therefore we aim to provide as many opportunities to learn outside the classroom. Pupils will complete the majority of their core learning in the morning and then their afternoons are supported with a variety of subjects such as Forest School, Horse Riding, PE, Catering and Art & Design. Pupils will also begin to access vocational courses in preparation for Key Stage 4. Along with this, pupils will have regular access to Outdoor Education and in Year 9, all pupils will work towards their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award.

At Westbourne School we believe it is important to reignite a child’s love of learning and this can only be achieved by offering a wide array of activities which stretch and challenge our pupils.

Key Stage 4

Here, our curriculum changes but is still underpinned by the same therapeutic and developmental principles. In all core subjects, pupil will be working towards accredited qualifications whether they be GCSE/BTEC, Functional Skills or Entry Level.

Beyond the core lessons, pupils have a variety of options in both academic and vocational courses. At this stage, pupils really get to tailor their programmes of study and work towards any college or career aspirations. As with the core subjects, a variety of different levels and awards will be provided in each vocational subject based on the ability of the individual pupil.

Where possible, we will also support our vocational learners by providing work experience opportunities to gain a ‘real world’ insight into their areas of interest.