“The school makes a strong contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Excellent opportunities are provided for pupils to reflect on human reactions and feelings and there is a strong emphasis on the development of tolerance and cooperation..” – OFSTED 2014
The school has links with our local colleges. We work closely on our transition programs for our young people. Many of our young people would find the move to a mainstream college, at 16, very challenging. We work closely with our young people and the Student support teams in the colleges to ensure the pupils are as prepared as they can be for the move. The process for our staff starts when the pupils are in year 9. We ensure we are planning for the pupils at a level which they are capable of achieving. Careers lessons with the careers teacher, meetings with the Pastoral Lead and Career advisor sessions help to focus our young people on achievable yet challenging goals for their futures. The practical process usually begins in year 10 where the pupils visit colleges and talk about the courses they may enjoy. They then look at the requirements for entry and which support they would continue to need once at college.
In year 11 we look at a series of visits, then college sessions (in lesson and social times), talks with student support teams and the more formal requests for support through EHCP.
For those pupils who are moving back to their own Local areas away from Cumbria we try to mirror the same support. We have arranged a series of meetings to coordinate with home contact at weekends.
Pupils enjoy outdoor education throughout the year. The days are planned with individual ability and fitness taken into account but the main focus is placed on fun and team building. Each pupil has one day of outdoor education per half term, going out in small groups. Activities include: mountain biking, climbing, orienteering, bush craft, dry ski slope skiing and hill walking.