The Pendlebury Centre offers full-time, 5-days per week placements to Year 11 students referred by schools and approved by the Secondary Panel for Inclusion (SPI). Year 10 students are offered an 12 week placement where they spend 3-days per week at the centre and 2-days per week at their mainstream school.
Placements are offered with an agreed amount of time spent in a designated mainstream school and/or a vocational placement setting. The Centre places huge importance on all Year 10 and Year 11 students gaining experience of a larger, more diverse educational setting ahead of their post-16 transition.
The Pendlebury Centre provides an inclusive curriculum that is predominantly skills based to ensure engagement, interest and enjoyment in learning. Many of our students will have experienced periods away from the classroom setting and our staff are highly skilled in identifying individual strengths and weaknesses within an ever changing and diverse cohort.
Our curriculum aims to counter the effects of cumulative dysfluency, through a synoptic and scaffolded framework – building on prior knowledge whilst being ambitious for the young people under our care. Within the classroom staff will prioritise the individual which often means that there are several different teaching strategies being utilised at any one point.
Through subject content and pedagogy, The Pendlebury Centre aims to build self esteem and confidence within each subject area, in order to prepare the student for their next phase. Students’ understanding and progress is routinely monitored and checked and this is formally reported on each half term.
Students at Key Stage 4 attending the Pendlebury Centre will usually undertake the following studies (listed alphabetically):
All KS4 students are invited to participate in the GCSE Art programme. It requires a commitment of a minimum of one taught afternoon per week plus self-directed study.
Students are required to create a portfolio, worth 60% of their final marks. This should include a minimum of one project and examples of further skills and study.
Student also have to sit an extended end of course exam with 10 weeks to prepare, worth 40% of their final marks. Subject to JCQ guidance on examinations for Summer 2022.
Careers aims to help every pupil develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers. Inspiring every pupil through more real-life contacts with the world of work helps them understand where different choices can take them in the future.
Careers lessons provide access to a range of activities to inspire students, including discussions, visits and mentors. Lessons and activities support the needs of pupils who require more sustained or intensive support before they are ready to make career decisions. Online tools are used to encourage young people to think about the opportunities available to them. Careers lessons are supported by our Stockport Family’s Young People’s Education and Careers Advice worker.
English is offered five times per week. Students work towards AQA qualifications in Functional English and GCSE English Language. There is an option to study for GCSE English Literature.
Functional English aims to ensure students have good communication skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
The GCSE English Language course consists of:
- Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
- Paper 2: Writers’ viewpoints and Perspectives.
In addition there is one spoken Language assessment.
Students are assessed on their ability to:
- retrieve information from fiction and non-fiction texts, analyse language and structure, evaluate, summarise, and make comparisons between texts
- write an extended piece of fiction and non-fiction
- write creatively and accurately
- present to an audience using Standard English and respond to questions and feedback.
The GCSE English Literature course consists of:
- Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th century novel
- Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry
- One Shakespeare text
- One 19th century novel
- One modern drama text
- An anthology of 15 poems on a theme of Power and Conflict
- Unseen poetry
Enrichment (Duke of Edinburgh Award Accredited)
Students undertake two sessions each week under the ‘Enrichment’ umbrella. These sessions are similar in focus, content and style to extra-curricular sessions which have proved successful in grammar school settings and more recently, in mainstream comprehensive settings. They are designed to spark new areas of interest for our students and to provide them with a challenging, non-academic programme of development.
The sessions are varied with Friday’s lesson focusing on skills development such as cookery, crafts, chess and art. During Thursday’s session, students work with an outdoor pursuits tutor and visit activity centres / leisure areas in the wider Stockport area – during these sessions they undertake orienteering, climbing, abseiling and team games.
The programme is accredited via the Duke of Edinburgh Award at Bronze Level – students can earn module awards and take this further at post-16. The Duke of Edinburgh Award has previously been voted the most valuable alternative award by some of Britain’s top employers – CLICK HERE for further information.
“Year 11 pupils talked effusively to inspectors about the benefits of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Programme, They described how the different challenges are helping them to conquer some of their fears, as well as helping them to learn skills which will stand them in good stead for their next steps.” (Ofsted January 2017)
The Year 10 group work on one lesson a week focussing on an ICT Graphics based project and the other lesson a week focussing on ICT Functional Skills, this is in order to provide different learning experiences for the majority of pupils subject choices at their mainstream school. Year 10 follow a rolling programme meaning no matter when they join The Pendlebury Centre they start at the beginning of the programme, not half way through. Year 11 groups are currently following the BCS ICDL Level 2 course which focuses on core ICT skills required for study and future employment. The course provides a recognisable qualification in ICT. Students in Year 11 study ICT for two lessons per week.
The programme of study is four lessons per week which covers Number, Algebra, Ratio and Proportion, Geometry and Measures and finally, Statistics and Probability. Students are also given the opportunity to develop their ‘Functional Maths’ skills by working on real-life problems. Application of appropriate methods and Interpretation in order to solve problems is also included. Students have the opportunity to enter GCSE Mathematics (Edexcel specification 1MA1) and/or Entry Level Certificate in Mathematics (Edexcel). Students are also entered for Maths Functional Skills (Edexcel) online test. Lessons are differentiated to meet the students need and a variety of teaching and assessment methods used.
Personal, Social, Health Education & Citizenship focuses on developing the knowledge, skills and understanding students need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible citizens and personal finance. It runs for one lesson per week.
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The Centre offers GCSE (9-1) Double Award Science, following the EDEXCEL programme. This qualification identifies the activities and experiences learners will come across in everyday life, and links these to scientific ideas and their implications for society. It provides the opportunity to acquire scientific skills through a series of core practicals across the three science disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Four science lessons are offered each week.
On a Wednesday, students participate in sessions that aim to boost self esteem and promote their overall wellbeing. The sessions involve activities to develop self-awareness and recognition of one’s own feelings and knowing how to manage them. These sessions also include being able to recognise and adapt to the feelings of other people, whilst at the same time, learning how to manage and express one’s own emotions effectively. This is helpful to developing good communication skills and the enhancement of our relationships with other people. Upon arrival, students have the opportunity to select which offer would suit their needs best. These sessions are run by members of staff as well as outside agencies Secondary Jigsaw, Mosaic and Stockport Homes. Some examples of these sessions include: mental toughness, living life to the full, therapeutic gardening, dramatherapy, fitness activities, artistic opportunities and LGBT support.
If you wish to find out more about the Centre’s curriculum, please contact us.