Curriculum & Qualifications
Ambitious about outcomes
By the time children leave us we want them to be:
- Good communicators
- Socially proficient
- Happy and able to emotionally self-regulate
- Ready for secondary school and beyond with a lifelong love of learning
To deliver these outcomes our ambitious curriculum:
- Is appropriate, broad and balanced
- Integrates therapies via a multi-professional team approach
- Fosters the characteristics of effective early learning through: playing and exploring; active learning and creating and thinking critically
- Is learning, not content led to achieve mastery
- Is underpinned by a deep understanding of research of into how our children learn
- Assesses and plans for each child’s holistic outcomes
- Creates planned opportunities to develop independence, community participation, and functional social and communication skills
- Is supported by effective policies to support outcomes e.g. behaviour and teaching policies
Reading is taught extremely well to all students. It is the key to students’ increasing successes because it helps them to achieve better in all subjects. There is a very strong focus on regular spelling and writing tasks, with a clear emphasis on the teaching of grammar. Students write in a wide range of subjects and for many different purposes.
Curriculum at KS4
The Key Stage 4 Curriculum at West Hill School is designed to meet the needs of all learners and is reviewed regularly to match pupils’ needs and strengths. Pupils have opportunities to gain nationally accredited qualifications. You can read more about the content of the KS4 curriculum here.
As a school we are committed to the development of appropriate learning programmes focusing on appropriate pathways to adult life, designed to increase the participation, achievement and progression of all learners. Our aim is to provide all our learners with a range of qualifications that meet their different needs and prepare them for adult life and lifelong learning.
Colleges and Sixth Forms
West Hill School has close links with a number of Surrey colleges and SEN Further Education provisions, including vocational taster courses at NESCOT. Our leavers move on to a wide range of 16+ destinations and the close links we have established with these providers enable us to support our learners in making successful 16+ transitions.