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Longcause Community Special School

Longcause Community Special School

Learning for Life


Pioneers leader: Trudi Skinner 



Each pupil within our Pioneer Pathway is following a pathway towards accreditation and  independent personal development as we prepare them to move on from Longcause at the end of Year 11. These pupils can access learning more independently. Our curriculum is fluid and is evaluated and adapted annually to best meet the needs of the individuals within the cohort.  This pathway continues the priorities from the Adventurers primary curriculum provision and the intentions to continue to build on pupils’ Cultural Capital.

Our intention is for these pupils to achieve as per the adventurers but will be encouraged to access further accreditations. 




Pioneers Secondary Year 7 - 9


  • English x 5 sessions
  • Maths x 5 sessions
  • Science x2 sessions
  • Computing
  • Online Safety
  • Longcause Life skills 
  • RSE content
  • PE x 2
  • Positive Relationships x2 
  • Catering 
  • Geography (3 terms per year)
  • History (3 terms per year)
  • Art (3 terms per year)
  • Design Technology (3 terms per year)
  • Expressive Arts
  • RE
  • MFL


Please refer to specific subject intent statements for further information regarding how this is delivered for  specific curriculum subjects.  




For those pupils following the Pioneers Pathway we would expect pupils to achieve all of the adventurers outcome as well as the following.: 


  • Independent travel training 
  • Use a mobile phone safely
  • Engaged in  a work placement
  • Understands ‘Healthy Living’
  • Manage money



Key Stage 4


As learners move into KS4, the main aim is to prepare them for life after school and into adulthood.  Opportunities are provided for pupils to participate in work based experiences, engage in meaningful  encounters with employers and take part in enterprise activities building on the Careers curriculum offer throughout the school . This supports them in planning for the transition process from Longcause into Post 16. Our post-16 transition  programme has been developed in close liaison with post 16 providers in the city and the local authority  transition plan. Please refer to our Careers Intent Statement for further information on how we implement  this within the school.   

Accreditations will be offered as appropriate to the child’s levels and understanding, ranging from Entry Level 1 to Level 2.  


  • English - Functional Skills
  • Maths - Functional Skills
  • Science - BTEC
  • ICT - Functional Skills
  • ASDAN Personal and Social Development
  • OCR Physical Education
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • BTEC Home Cooking