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Curriculum Pathways

St Dominic’s is proud to offer a tailored curriculum that begins at Key Stage 2 and builds towards academic and vocational qualifications at Key Stages 4 and 5.

Needs Led Curriculum

All pupils and students in all Key Stages access the ‘Needs Led Curriculum’ which is at the heart of everything else we do. The ‘Needs Led’ approach has been designed specifically to unify all aspects of curriculum delivery at St. Dominic’s, putting the needs of pupils and students firmly at the forefront of everything we do. For more information about the Needs Led Curriculum, click here.

The National Curriculum

At St. Dominic’s, we follow the National Curriculum which, as we are an SEN school, and in accordance with the SEN Code of Practice, we can deliver ‘in a modified format’; this has not and will not change. For more information about the changes to the National Curriculum in 2014, click here.

Key Stage 2

At Key Stage 2, pupils access a full range of National Curriculum subjects. These are delivered by a class teacher using a primary school model to offer the highest level of consistency. These are delivered as discreet subjects and through a topic that changes each half term. This helps pupils to access more meaningful learning experiences in which they are able to make links between their learning in different subject areas helping them to contextualise and consolidate learning. The range of subjects delivered at Key Stage 2 are:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Humanities
  • Computing
  • Art
  • Design Technology
  • Food Technology
  • Physical Education
  • PSHCE
  • Languages*

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, most pupils will be ready and prepared to transition around the school, following a modified secondary school style approach that allows them to have subject specialist input in a range of National Curriculum subjects but helps pupils cope with the challenges of change and transition. The range of subjects on offer at Key Stage 3 are:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Humanities
  • Computing
  • Art
  • Design Technology
  • Food Technology
  • Physical Education
  • PSHCE
  • Languages*

Key Stage 4

For detailed information about study at Key Stage 4, you can download the Year 9 Options Booklet here.

At Key Stage 4, pupils study a core of subjects that allow them to continue to access a broad and balanced education that prepares them for access a range of qualifications at Key Stage 5. Pupils are then able to study a range of options subjects, both vocational and academic. The diagram below indicates academic pathways at Key Stage 4, pathway one being the most academic and pathway 2 offering vocational and alternative options. We recognise that pupils at St. Dominic’s can have strengths and areas of challenge in different areas so we also offer the ability to pick a personalised route at Key Stage 4 that allows pupils to work towards their strengths.

Pathways

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Key Stage 5

For detailed information about study at Key Stage 5, you can download the Sixth Form Options Booklet here.

At Key Stage 5, the curriculum is tailored more specifically to student need, their next steps and areas of strength and interest. We offer a range of Level 1, 2 and 3 core qualifications including:

  • GCSE Re-sits - English, Maths
  • Physical Education
  • L1, L2 or L3 CoPE
  • Transition
  • Communication

And additional options subjects including:

  • College Courses
  • AS and A Levels (School)
  • GCSE Art/Photography
  • BTEC CONSTRUCTION
  • Laser L1 Small Animals
  • L1/L2 Laser Media
  • L3 Media
  • L1/L2 Food Tech

In addition to this, students can access a range of extra-curricular options including:

  • Work Experience
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Young Enterprise 

Relevance and depth of learning linked to transition qualification pathways

The curriculum pathways on offer are shaped dependent on a range of factors including:

  • Feedback from pupils and students gathered through PSHCE /transition lessons
  • Completion of activities on sites such as ‘Fast Tomato’
  • Conversations with pupils and students with the Careers Guidance Practitioner
  • Annual Review and EHCP meetings