At Montgomery Road our KS4 curriculum is designed to be give pupils a broad and balanced experience along with the skills they will need as they move on towards higher education.
Our pupils have lessons in the core subjects of English, Maths and Science. In addition our PSHE programme is designed to incorporate ‘Life Skills’, ‘Citizenship’ and R.E. Pupils also study the following subjects: Art, P.E., ICT, ASDAN and Cooking. We collaborate with other PRUs and high schools in order for our pupils to sit their public examinations at their sites.
We are as flexible as possible in addressing the needs and interests of our pupils. For instance last year we were able to provide one of pupils with a Polish tutor and she went on to achieve an A* at GCSE; in the same way we provided additional tutoring in History and Maths.
As part of our curriculum all pupils are given the opportunity to participate in a Vocational placement(s). Currently this year we are providing opportunities for pupils to attend Suffolk New College where they are studying 1) Child Care and 2) Hair and Beauty with the possibility of a place to do Performing Arts in the offing.
We also have pupils at Downham Care Farm. Downham Farm offers our pupils the opportunity to work on a traditional smallholding. The farm offers a wide range of activities to a variety of people. Activities include small animal and farm animal care, horticulture, basic woodworking, estate maintenance, arts and crafts. Work on a care farm can help put someone’s life back on track by providing meaningful activity and a practical daily structure. The activities undertaken are real and based on the daily, weekly and seasonal jobs around the farm. The benefits, of being outdoors in the fresh air and working with animals, improved mental and physical health are now becoming more widely recognised by health and education professional.
NACRO offers one of our students the opportunity to undertake a Hospitality course learning all about food, health and safety and acquiring the skills necessary for employment in this area.
Otley College provides places for Animal Care and Equestrian Studies. Otley is an agricultural college just outside Ipswich. One of our pupils had a weekly placement here.
‘Genesis’ work with young people to make furniture and pupils acquire not only these skills but work with young people who may have some disability. One of our pupils has a weekly placement.
We are also working with our local Community Garden providing pupils with a number of opportunities to learn in the community. These include – garden maintenance; market gardening and enterprise; conservation and the environment; cookery and hospitality; public relations; enterprise.
We are able to overlap some of our pupils’ learning as skills, experiences and tasks followed on vocational placements can be interwoven into traditional subjects and also can bolster the work that they do in ASDAN.
We are subscribing for the first time to a Virtual Learning platform which is how we deliver our ICT. We are now looking to develop pupils’ opportunities in this area as we will be able to offer further learning in areas such as Leisure and Tourism, RE short course and History. This platform also gives us access to course materials in English and Maths GCSE to support the work going on in the classroom.
We have a fortnightly visit from our school nurse who is able to work with pupils on personal issues as is required. We can also access intervention work for our pupils from the NSPCC; youth support workers and from the Transition team to provide support for Year 11 pupils as they begin to think about courses post Montgomery Road PRU.
Subject Overview: Wider Curriculum for Key Stage 4 at Montgomery Road.
Many of the non-core subjects at Montgomery Road are taught in an integrated manner which takes account of individual attainment and need.
Most programmes are designed to run over a single academic year and are flexible enough to accommodate students enrolling at various times in that year.
PSHE (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development)
PSHE offers all students the opportunity to learn about a range of subjects which are essential to their personal, social and cultural development. Over the Year we will study the following:
* Sex and Relationships Education. (This is undertaken in collaboration with our School Nurse).
* Promoting and Understanding British Values
* Staying Healthy (Including liaison with outside agencies)
* The world of work
Whenever possible, we try to accredit the work undertaken by the students, using mechanisms such as the ASDAN Personal Development Programme. If we are unable to facilitate this, we assess understanding, knowledge and progress via internal assessment.
The ASDAN Personal Development Programme is a portfolio based accredited course that enables students to achieve a Bronze, Silver or Gold Qualification. It equates to GCSE Entry Level.
The course is divided into 13 discrete modules which are listed below. Each module contains a range of Challenges designed to meet the attainment and needs of all our students
Over the course of a year, students will be able to complete between six and eight challenges to achieve the credits necessary to pass the award.
Communication The Community Sport and Leisure
Home Management The Environment Number Handling
Health and Survival World of Work Science and Technology
The Wider World Expressive Arts Beliefs and Values
We offer a range of PE opportunities for both individual and team pursuits.
In the Autumn Term, our young people attend a gym and learn how to create their own fitness programme and monitor their performance.
The second term is focused on indoor sports such as basketball, badminton and hockey.
In the Summer Term we make use of a local all-weather football centre. In addition to improving their football skills, the students are able to practice their teamwork and cooperation.
In the Summer Term, we play use the local soccer centre to support our students to develop their fitness, motor skills and teamwork.
We make use of external learning providers to enable our students to access the broadest and most individually appropriate curriculum. Current providers are:
Otley and Easton College
Downham Care Farm
Ipswich Garden Project
The majority of the courses carry nationally recognised accreditation which enhances individual learning experience.
Promoting British Values:
In accordance with the DFE’s guidance on promoting British values in schools, we at Montgomery Road PRU recognise our duty and thus deliver a balanced curriculum that ensures our young people leave us better prepared for life in modern Britain. In PSHE we cover a broad curriculum which incorporates Beliefs and Values in modern Britain.