We acknowledge that people learn in many different ways, and recognise the need to develop strategies that allow our pupils to access learning in ways that support and challenge them. We aim to take into account the varied needs of our pupils when organising our curriculum and teaching. We also acknowledge that developing strong relationships with pupils in our school is beneficial and contributes to their academic and personal development.
Pupils are encouraged to learn by being provided a curriculum that meets their special education needs. There is a focus on functional skills, life-skills and practical subjects to engage and motivate our learners. A creative and flexible approach to the National Curriculum is welcomed to re-engage and stimulate interest in learning, and address deficiencies in basic knowledge and understanding.
Pupil progress is measured against individual standards as well as in line with national averages. Maintaining high expectations of our learners by providing a learning environment that encourages and supports pupils in achieving their potential is a priority. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is supported through a broad and balanced curriculum and fostering positive relationships within the school community. Residential pupils benefit from a varying and engaging 24 hour curriculum.
Communication, modelling and specific teaching of the school expectations for behaviour and learning are an emphasis for working with pupils both in the classroom and in the house environment. Pupils at Bramfield House are encouraged to be healthy, safe, enjoy and achieve to the best of their individual ability.
The curriculum is delivered in year levels 3 – 11 across 3 key stages at Bramfield House School – Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 (KS 2); Year 7, 8 and 9 (KS 3); Year 10 and 11 (KS 4).
Standardised semi-annual testing in reading, spelling and maths is administered to all pupils and is utilised to provide baseline and standardised data for tracking progress, as well as identifying pupils for further diagnostic testing. Intervention for pupils in need of additional support is delivered based on these test results and teacher referrals. These pupils will receive one-to-one and/or small group intervention to support their learning. Literacy and numeracy intervention is offered through the Catch-up literacy programme by trained staff. This is overseen by the SENCO.
Bramfield House School does not receive Primary Sports Funding or Year 7 Catch-Up Funding.
Key Stage 2
Our youngest learners are also newest to the school, and often returning to education for the first time after significant periods out of school and other learning situations. Core subject catch-up and learning to learn and social skills development are emphasised. The pupils follow the National Curriculum and have specialist teachers for PE and swimming.
All KS2 classes have a maximum of 8 pupils with a teacher supported by a dedicated Teaching Assistant. There is also additional support available in the Communal area of the lower school if required. The communal area is used for small group work and 1-1interventions as well as Art and cooking.
The lower school opens out to the playing field with an adventure trail.
Key Stage 3
In key stage 3, the National Curriculum is delivered by specialist teachers. In addition to the core curriculum, pupils are given the opportunity for accreditation at Entry level in Maths, English. KS3 pupils also have the opportunity to participate in horticulture on a rotation basis.
Social, moral, spiritual and cultural (SMSC) aspects of learning are incorporated into planning across the curriculum as well as issues being addressed directly into the PSHE programme.
There are ample opportunities for learning outside the classroom, including trips to Duxford Imperial War Museum, Sutton Hoo and the Suffolk Heritage Coast. We also have external visitors coming to the school for talks e.g. Banham Zoo.
Key Stage 4
In years 10 and 11, pupils undertake an education pathway to best meet their needs and achieve accreditation in various subjects. GCSE’s are currently taken in Art, Science, Maths, English and DT, Statistics and Preparation for Working Life. In addition to this, Functional Skills exam in ICT is available. Other accreditation options for pupils include Entry Level Certificates and ASDAN awards.
All subject areas in Key Stage 4 are taught by subject specialists.
An independent careers specialist visits the school each half term to talk to years 8 through to 11.
Work experience is arranged for years 10 and 11. This can be a week-long block placement or one day a week for a period of time.