Curriculum Structure 2016-12-27T13:57:58+00:00


Curriculum Content

At PHOENIXPLACE the curriculum is wider than the National Curriculum. Much of our curriculum is associated with small steps and personalising individuals learning pathways, giving each pupil access to support in areas in which she needs development. We recognise that pupils may be experiencing difficulties whether at school home or socially and although we offer traditional mainstream subjects so pupils have opportunity to learn alongside their peers, we offer our pupils alternative bespoke opportunities to enrich their learning experience.

If a pupil wants to pursue a different course they can replace a course, which is offered at PHOENIXPLACE with a college or vocational course of their choice. This will be organised by PHOENIXPLACE staff.


In years 7 and 8 pupils are taught a range of National Curriculum subjects, which content is both enriching and challenging and embrace cross-curricular themes. Content may be drawn from earlier Key Stages as appropriate to the pupil’s needs. Key Skills are introduced to underpin core literacy, communication and life skills. Year 7 and 8 classes will be grouped according to ability.

KS3 pupils will have a study support session, which increase once accredited courses start. These sessions are there to encourage pupils to take charge of their learning and request help for various subjects which they may be struggling with or need extra time to absorb what has taken place in the classroom and complete work.

Pupils are taught;

  • English, Maths, Science, ICT, Art, Humanities, PE, ASDAN Project, Food Technology, PSHE.

Pupils have access to Literacy and Numeracy Intervention sessions and a study support session.


In year 9, pupils will be introduced to GCSE, BTEC and Foundation courses, which will allow our pupils’ time to develop over KS4 and improve their understanding and skills within each subject. These courses are all accredited (except PSHE & PE).

Pupils are taught;

  • English, Maths, BTEC Science, L2 Functional ICT, L2 (Sliver Arts Award), Humanities (year 9), PE (year 9), BTEC L2 Home Cooking Skills, PSHE, L2 Personal and Social Development (PSD), BTEC L2 in Health & Social Care/BTEC L2 in Children’s Play, Learning and Development, BTEC L2 Workskills (year 10)

Pupils have access to Literacy and Numeracy Intervention sessions and study support sessions.

Pupils in year 10 and 11 will continue on with GCSE, BTEC and Foundation courses. Included in their timetable they will have an extra study support session.

The curriculum at Key Stage 4 is considerably enhanced by, for example, the following;

  • Work experience placements
  • College courses
  • Careers education
  • Enterprise, business & community links


At KS5 the curriculum structure provides the same opportunity to take level 2 qualifications in English and Maths (or re-sits) for pupils who have not achieved this grade in their previous establishments or for other reasons. Pupils are taught separately from KS4 in small groups. Pupils are also able to access higher accredited courses at Level 3.

Pupils are taught;

  • English (L2), Maths (L2)

Pupils can choose from a range of Level 3 Qualifications such as;

  • Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
  • Health & Social Care
  • Children’s Play, Learning and Development
  • Retail Knowledge
  • Enterprise, Employability and Personal Finance
  • Arts Award (Gold)
  • Pupils have access to study support sessions.

KS5 pupils will have the opportunity to access/continue with on-going work experience placements within various fields to embed vital employability skills and aptitudes.