Our Vision

The curriculum at Key stage 4 is focussed on developing independent learners. We want our students to feel confident in exploring and experiencing a variety of activities that will form a foundation for their future learning and working lives. The main key to this will be developing functionality to ensure that our learners can apply the skills they develop into daily living. We envisage our learners as being able to understand and develop appropriate relationships across these different environments, and will strive to offer work experience opportunities that are suitable and realistic to their needs. We aim to develop a robust choice of pathways for our learners to follow in order to support their future ambitions.


The curriculum will be focussed around applying skills to functional situations and may include:

-          A comprehensive PSHE and SRE programme

-          OCR functional skills in English  - including phonics, reading recovery and better reading programmes

-          Communication programmes

-          OCR Functional skills in Maths

-          OCR Functional skills in ICT

-          OCR Cambridge Progression in Maths and English

-          OCR Life and Living skill unit awards and credits

-          Employability and work experience including DofE and Sports Leaders programmes

-          Cookery (including health and hygiene courses)

-          Accreditation in Science, Art and Drama (optional)

-          PE

-          Experiences of DT, Geography, History and MFL

-          Travel training programme

-          Residential experiences

-          OAA and forest school programmes


Please see below for the 14-19 Model Pathways for students at St Nicholas school

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