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Larches High School: Curriculum

We recognise that our pupils are individuals and that “one size does not fit all”. We also understand that many of our pupils have not had a positive experience of education and we believe that it is our duty to re-engage them with the learning process. This will then enable them to gain the appropriate skills, knowledge and qualifications so that they are able to reintegrate back into mainstream education or on to further education, employment or training.

The school and staff aim to support the pupils through the curriculum and offer and via a structured programme of intervention so that they

· learn new ways of managing their behaviour

· improve their self esteem

· understand communication with others

· set goals for their futures

· achieve all they are capable of

The curriculum at both Key Stage 3 and 4 is designed to deliver a broad, balanced and appropriate education which reengages them with learning and equips them with the necessary life skills. The aim being to ensure that all pupils are prepared to make successful transitions back to mainstream education or specialist provision or on to further education, employment or training.

Those pupils attending on a medical referral at Key Stage 4 receive their core education within a set group of pupils with similar needs. They also have a designated common room for their breaks and lunchtimes. Medical Pupils however move around the school between lessons with all other pupils and attend mixed classes for their option choices. This is to ensure that these pupils develop in confidence and that Larches High School is effectively preparing them for post 16 provision.

The Government does not publish Progress 8 data for PRU’s however Larches High School uses this national measure to track individual pupil attainment and make comparisons year on year.

Key Stage 3 pupils study core subjects plus Latin, PE, Art, Design Technology, Food Technology, Media, Drama, PSCHE, Humanities and Life/ Social skills. At Key Stage 4 they study core subjects and then select options from the following: Art, Design Technology, Food Technology, PE, Construction, History, Health and Social Care, Hair and Beauty.




Curriculum 2023/24

All pupils will be entered for either GCSE or Functional Skills in Mathematics and either GCSE English Language and Literature or Functional Skills English or a combination. Most pupils will be entered for either GCSE Science.

Pupils will be encouraged to select up to three qualifications from this list.

GCSE Art or Cambridge Technical Awards

GCSE RE / History



Level 1 Hair and Beauty

B.Tech Level 1: Construction

B.Tech Level 1: Health and Social Care

B.Tech Food Technology

Pupils joining Larches High School part way through their Key Stage 4 courses will continue with qualifications they have started as appropriate. The number of subjects a pupil is studying will depend on which ones are selected. It is hoped that all pupils will study at least five.