All about Middle School
Middle School is made up of 37 pupils; years 7-9 including three year 5 pupils and one year 6 pupil. The majority of pupils are split across 3 classes, with 7 of the pupils working in Upper School classes. Pupils are grouped in classes to meet their needs. Therefore, we have lots of pupils that are working on individualised curriculums and timetables.
Pupils work in small class groups, with high levels of staffing. Some of our pupils, also have additional spaces where they work 1:1 to meet their complex needs. Pupils have a broad and balanced curriculum being delivered through our Longcause Curriculum documents. However, we are committed to ensure that the needs of the ‘whole child’ are being met. Therefore, this is taught in a flexible and creative way that means that each pupil can access their learning whilst continuing to support their personal development and drive towards independence.
In order to meet pupil needs, we have a range of interventions and alternative provision that pupils have regular access to. In Middle School, pupils have access to high levels of music, outdoor learning experiences and physical development opportunities. We also ensure that learning is focused on real life situations and life skills are promoted in order to continue working towards independent living.
In Middle School, we regularly adapt our practice for our most complex pupils as well as our more able pupils. For some of our most complex pupils, we provide alternative provision to ensure that they focus on the skills that are crucial for them. Therefore, we currently have 1 pupil working on an engagement curriculum. Meanwhile, in order to challenge some of our more able pupils, pupils in previous years have accessed GCSE groups early. Whilst this year, certain pupils are differentiated for so that they can access it in their current class. We will continue to reflect on how we challenge our most able pupils as well as meet their emotional needs.
Our focus in Middle School this year will be to increase the amount of whole phase, exciting and practical learning experiences that we provide for our pupils. We are introducing ‘Middle School Problem Solving Days’ which will give them more regular opportunities to improve their social communication skills with pupils across Middle school, whilst also developing their resilience and problem solving skills by working together on exciting practical scenarios/tasks that meet the needs of the ‘whole child.’ Please follow our school Facebook page to stay updated with these future events.