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Longcause Community Special School Learning for Life

Upper School

A little bit about us in Upper School...


Upper School is made up of 29 Year 10 and Year 11 pupils, split across four classes.  Each pupil within Upper School is following a personalised pathway towards accreditation and personal development as we prepare them to move on from Longcause at the end of Year 11.

We have carefully organised class groups within Upper School to support the wide range of pupil needs as we cater for pupils working towards GCSE as well as those needing a more nurturing and vocational approach.

Our expectations for pupils is that they will all leave and start their Post 16 provision with an accredited outcome in:

  • English - Functional Skills EL2-Level 2 and/or GCSE
  • Maths - Functional Skills EL2-Level 2 and/or GCSE
  • Science - BTEC Certificate or Award at Level 1
  • ICT - Functional Skills EL2-Level 2
  • Personal and Social Development - EL3 to  Level 1 or Bronze, Silver, Gold Award
  • Physical Development - EL3 to Level 1
  • Duke of Edinburgh - Bronze, Silver and Gold
  • Home Cooking - Level 1 and Level 2

We also expect that all pupils leaving us at the end of Year 11:

  • Achieve a 'functional reading age' which through research we have stated is approximately 9 years 6 months
  • Can ride a bike
  • Can swim 25 metres unaided


In addition to this, we are continually improving and developing the offer we provide for our KS4 pupils and strive to ensure this has a balance between academic/accredited learning, life skills/ personal development and vocational learning/preparing them for life after Longcause.  


We ensure all pupils have several work placement experiences in a range of different settings and pursue pathways that could lead to voluntary or paid employment for our pupils as they move onto their Post 16 provision.


We also work closely to support transition to Post 16 placements, ensuring this is meaningful and appropriate to the pupil's level of need and ability.  This includes taster days, visits with families, meetings with families, pupils and CSW (Careers South West).