Larches High School caters for pupils who have been either permanently excluded from their mainstream schools, have a consultant’s medical referral directing them to alternative education or have had a place commissioned for them from their mainstream school.

As such 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.

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.

At Key Stage 3 pupils will study core subjects plus PE, Art, Food Technology, Media, Drama, PSHE, Humanities and Life skills.

At Key Stage 4 pupils will follow the curriculum as is outlined below:

All pupils will be entered for either GCSE or Functional Skills in Mathematics and either GCSE English or Step up to English or a combination. All pupils will be entered for either GCSE or Entry Level Science and GCSE Preparation for Working Life.

  • GCSE English
  • Or Step up to English
  • GCSE Mathematics
  • Or Functional Skills Mathematics
  • GCSE Science
  • EL Science
  • Preparation for Working Life

Pupils will be encouraged to select one or two qualifications from this list.

  • GCSE Art or Cambridge Technical Awards
  • GCSE PE with the additional option of a Sport’s Leadership Award
  • GCSE Health and Social

Pupils will be able to select one or two subjects from this list.

  • Level 1 Hair and Beauty
  • Entry Level and Level 1: Car Mechanics
  • B.Tech Level 1: Construction
  • Princes Trust
  • 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.

Each pupil will achieve an individual attainment score.