Pendlebury Centre – KS4 Curriculum (Yr10, Yr11)

The Pendlebury Centre provides an inclusive curriculum that is predominantly skills based to ensure engagement 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.

The Pendlebury Centre offers full-time, 5-days per week placements to Year 11 students, who have been referred by schools and this move has been approved by the Secondary Panel for Inclusion (SPI). Year 10 students are offered a 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.

Students at Key Stage 4 attending The Pendlebury Centre will usually undertake the following studies (listed alphabetically):

Art (Optional)

All KS4 students are invited to participate in the GCSE Art programme. It requires a commitment of a minimum of one taught session 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.

Students will sit an extended end of course exam with 10 weeks to prepare, worth 40% of their final marks.

Careers

Careers aims to help every student develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers. Inspiring every student through real-life contacts with the world of work helps them to 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 students 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

GCSE English at The Pendlebury Centre offers a skills-based, spiral curriculum.

This aims to support and build students’ abilities in English so that they can achieve well and are better supported to move onto their next phase. English is offered five times per week for Yr11 students, and these lessons comprise AQA English Language, English Literature [should students have opted to undertake this qualification] and English Functional Skills lessons. AQA Functional Skills English is offered at Level 1 and Level 2, and aims to ensure that students develop good communication skills in reading, writing, and speaking and listening.

AQA English Language is offered three times per week for Yr10 students.

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

Students study:

∙ One Shakespeare text

∙ One 19th century novel

∙ One modern drama text

∙ An anthology of 14 poems: this will be determined by their mainstream

setting and may change yearly.

∙ Unseen poetry




Hospitality and Catering

This course is offered to all Yr11 students as an option should they not wish to pursue GCSE Art. Hospitality encourages all learners, providing the opportunities to learn how to prepare, cook and deliver nutritional dishes safely. In conjunction with these life skills, we also offer the WJEC Level 1 and 2 vocational awards and these give a wider knowledge of the hospitality

industry.

The GCSE is made up of NEA coursework to plan and deliver two dishes for a

bistro menu – 60% of qualification

Written examination [1 hour 20 minutes] – 40% of qualification.

For students on a shorter term Yr7-10 placement who are learning about aspects of Hospitality through KS3 Enrichment, we encourage students to cook homemade meals, study baking skills and take part in fundraising so that they can be awarded the AQA Unit Awards certificates.

Enrichment (Duke of Edinburgh Award Accredited)

Yr11 students undertake two sessions each week under the ‘Enrichment’ umbrella. They are designed to spark new areas of interest for our students and to provide them with a challenging, non-academic programme of development.

DofE sessions are varied with one skills lesson per week focusing on skills development such as cookery, crafts, chess and art. During the other longer 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.

Duke of Edinburgh Awards logo“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)

ICT

All students across the year groups develop and build their computer skills. Our policy is to encourage pupils to understand digital wellbeing and a

positive safe relationship with technology of the future. Year 11 students follow The International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL), which is the most widely recognised all-round computer certification. This qualification provides training for our students to help them to access further skills and study, preparing them for their next phase.

Mathematics

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 to solve problems is also included. Students are entered for GCSE Mathematics (Edexcel specification 1MA1) and/or Entry Level Certificate in Mathematics (Edexcel). Students are also entered for the Maths Functional Skills (Edexcel) online test. Lessons are differentiated to meet students’ needs and a variety of teaching and assessment methods are used.

PSHE

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. It runs for one lesson per week.

View Here: RSE Secondary Schools guide for parents

Science

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 practical experiments, across the three science disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Four science lessons are offered each week.

Health and Social Skills

Students whom arrive at the centre having completed part of their Health and Social GCSE at mainstream are able to continue to do so. We are equip to provide help and support with this learning.

Wellbeing Interventions

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 including 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.

The Pendlebury Centre offers full-time, 5-days per week placements to Year 11 and Year 10 students referred by schools and approved by the Secondary Panel for Inclusion (SPI).

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.

With Year 10 students, they initially spend eight weeks within the ‘Year 10 Assessment Group’ before a more permanent placement is offered. This enables the Centre to assess the needs of each student on a case-by-case basis and ensure that they are best placed.

Students at Key Stage 4 attending the Pendlebury Centre will usually undertake the following studies (listed alphabetically):

Art (Optional)

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.

Careers

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.

Emotional Interventions

Emotional Interventions helps to develop the ability to understand and express feelings. It is delivered for one hour on a Wednesday afternoon by Pendlebury staff and the Jigsaw team.

Emotional Interventions involves activities to develop self-awareness and recognition of one’s own feelings and knowing how to manage them. Emotional Interventions also includes 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.

Emotional Intervention lessons’ activities help students to learn to relate to each other in truthful and enjoyable ways, while providing a much-needed listening system.

English

English is offered four 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:

Two examinations:

  • 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:

Two examinations:

  • Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th century novel
  • Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry

Students study:

  • 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 all-day 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.

Duke of Edinburgh Awards logo“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)

ICT

The Year 10 group work towards the IDEA skills award and Year 11 groups are currently following the ECDL course which focuses on core ICT skills required for study and employment. The course provides a basic, recognisable qualification in ICT. Students study ICT for two lessons per week.

Mathematics

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.

PSHE

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.

View Here: RSE Secondary Schools guide for parents

Science

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.

Study Skills

All students access study skills lessons during the course of a week. The sessions address both fundamental gaps in learning and broaden each student’s academic skills.

During this time students work on catch-up programmes focusing on literacy and numeracy, receive additional assistance with coursework and complete activities around ‘learning to learn’, such as mind-mapping.

If you wish to find out more about the Centre’s curriculum, please contact us.


Pupils respond well to the calm and purposeful atmosphere in the school. They appreciate the time staff get to know them. Ofsted outstanding logo they value the support they receive when things are not going well for them. You make sure that there is a wealth of opportunities woven into the curriculum to help your pupils address their individual needs, including art and drama therapy.” (Ofsted January 2017).