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Curriculum Intent

Our Curriculum Intent

Our curriculum is personalised to meet the needs of each learner and to provide them with high quality, engaging learning opportunities and experiences through which they can become:

  • Successful learners who enjoy learning and make outstanding progress.

  • Effective communicators who can express themselves, make choices and build positive relationships with other people.

  • Confident individuals who take a full part in activities within school and the community.

  • Responsible citizens who behave well and make a positive contribution to the school and the wider world.

  • Lifelong learners who leave school equipped for the adult world whether in paid employment, education or supported living.


At the centre of our curriculum are each pupil’s strengths and needs as identified within their Education, Health and Care Plan. Pupil and family aspirations are key in shaping our personalised provision and we endeavour to plan with ‘the end goal in mind’. For younger children following our Early Years pathway the end goal may just be the next key stage transition point. For learners in our secondary phase and in particular for those in Year Nine and above there is a clear focus on preparing for adulthood. At each stage our curriculum prepares children to move on to the next whilst always recognising the importance of the current stage in the child’s development.


We aim to ensure that our curriculum

  • keeps the strengths, skills, needs and aspirations of each child and young person at its centre.​

  • is broad, balanced, relevant, engaging and ambitious.​

  • presents knowledge and skills in a well-structured way which makes links and builds on what has already been learned.​

  • teaches a breadth of real life skills  and provides opportunities to apply these to real world contexts through community based activities and experiences.

  • fosters a lifelong love of learning and develop interests which will continue beyond school​.

  • promotes independence, resilience and  ​healthy lifestyles.

  • ensures each child and young person has a voice.

  • always prepares each child and young person for their next stage, be that within Penn Hall School or beyond.