At Seven Hills School we aim to promote curiosity and enthusiasm in our students, encourage them to become independent learners and to develop their confidence for life beyond school.
Our curriculum is based around the five areas of: Physical (P.E, Health, Food, Dance); Wider World (Humanities, Languages, WRL, Science); Creative (Art, D&T, Music, Performing Arts); SMSC (Spiritual, moral, social & cultural education, PSHE, R.E.) and Computing. All of which are underpinned by a central core of Maths and English.
How each of these areas is delivered in school depends on the needs of the students in each group and which phase they are in. Our students are organised into three phases: Phase 1 (Yr7 & Yr8), Phase 2 (Yr9, Yr10 & Yr11) and Phase 3 (Post 16).
Typically, students in Phase 1 will spend 50-60% of their time with their class teacher, based in their own classroom. The remainder of their time will consist of subjects taught by curriculum specialists in specialist areas (e.g. P.E, D&T, Computing). The emphasis in Phase 1 is on basic skills and a wide variety of educational experiences. Some of their lessons will be delivered in rotation with other subjects (e.g. Creative) and they only study these for part of the year.
In Phase 2 the emphasis is on gaining suitable accreditation. Students follow a range of formally accredited courses in line with their level of need. The majority of these courses culminate in nationally recognised qualifications, manly either Entry Level Functional Skills qualifications or AQA Unit Awards. However some students will also attain additional accreditation such as Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
In Phase 3 the emphasis is on gaining independence, broadening experience of the local community and preparation for the next steps of students’ education. Students have the opportunity to receive part of their education off-site in establishments appropriate to their needs (e.g. Sheffield College, Sheaf Training, Burton Street). They are taught specific independence skills as part of a personalised development programme. Students in Phase 3 also take on roles of responsibility across the school, acting as Student Support Workers and modelling responsible and caring behaviours to other students.
Some students, by nature of their needs, require a greater level of support to access the curriculum. Some class groups will spend the majority of their time with their own class teacher and move around the school less than others. All students take part in enrichment activities on Friday afternoons where they work with students of different ages and abilities on an exciting range of activities which are designed to challenge, stimulate and create opportunities for leadership and inclusivity across the school.
Through our curriculum and extra-curricular activities we aim to develop our students’ ability to manage their emotions, relate to others, organise themselves, gather and use information, as well as think creatively and critically. We aim to nurture, inspire, share learning and celebrate achievement.