As our learners reach the age of 10 or 11 they are ready to embark on the next phase of their education.
In Secondary Phase we adopt an approach not commonly seen in special schools; our learners move from class to class and are taught by subject specialists. This largely mainstream system has many benefits for our learners not least of which is drawing a clear distinction between the primary and secondary experience. They gain in confidence, improve their resilience to change, increase their independence and develop a greater sense of responsibility.
Learners belong to class groups of mixed age and ability and then for specific subjects come together in learning groups based on their academic level and learning style. A range of strategies are used to deliver the curriculum.
One of the key strengths of our secondary model is that learners are able to benefit from the skills and the passion of the entire secondary phase teaching team. In addition to the regular timetabled slots the secondary team are particularly fond of cross curricular theme days and any excuse to dress up is firmly embraced.
Within Secondary we see our role as building upon the firm foundations laid by our Primary colleagues and showing the learners how to use their skills in a wider context. We support the learners in honing and perfecting their skills and preparing them for the trials and challenges of moving through their teenage years and towards becoming young adults.