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Watling View Upper School Overview

 

Students at Watling View Transition from Middle to Upper school at the end of Year 9 (key stage 3).

Prior to this transition we aim to meet with parents of all year 9 students to discuss the differences in approach to teaching and learning between Middle and Upper school.

 

The key difference between these 2 areas of the school is introduction of a curriculum designed to prepare students for adulthood in keeping with the 4 EHCP outcomes at the end of Year 14

  • Independence
  • Healthy Living
  • Community presence and participation
  • Careers/ Further education

 

In Upper school we aim to provide continuity of approach in teaching which enables a consolidation of existing skills gained in middle school whilst developing skills which can be transferred into community and Post 19 settings.

 

At the start of year 10, the Head of Department and class teacher will meet with parents to map out individual destination pathways which aim to signpost student’s routes to achieve specific outcomes as they progress through Upper school towards a preferred adult placement i.e. college, specialist day provision, work placements.

These are reviewed as part of the annual EHCP meeting.

 

A significant difference between Upper school and previous years is the emphasis on Work Related Learning. The aim of which is to provide students with skills required to successfully engage in learning experience which can be transferred into meaningful work experience, whether this is in the school or the wider community, including college. This is based on the individual needs of the student and therefore consistent with person centred approach to planning which runs throughout the school and at all key stages.

 

For some students this is achieved by creating resources for sale at special themed events in the school including the Christmas fair. Others participate in activities which help maintain and improve their school environment such as recycling projects and maintenance of the sensory garden. Upper school students are currently involved in running a tuck shop and making light lunches for some staff.

Wherever possible, classes will access at least one off site Work related activity per week. Students have accessed the following sites:

  • Langleybury Children’s farm
  • Digswell
  • Mudlarks
  • Aldenham Country Park
  • Earthworks

 

These are accessed as whole class activities. However, some students will have access to bespoke individualised work placements.

This year some students in Year 14 have worked in partnership with a local primary school supporting pupils there in learning and recreational activities.

This year we will also be running a stall at St. Alban’s market selling products made by the students for sale to the public

 

Additional to this we have students that are currently working at a local café preparing food and helping to serve the public. Previously students have also worked in retail placements.

We now work with our enterprise advisor who has facilitated parent workshops which aim to map out the pathways to adulthood and potential links to supported employment. The enterprise advisor is under the remit of the Careers and Enterprise team at LDD Hertfordshire.

 

Travel training is another key feature of the Upper school experience for many students. Assisted by a specific travel trainer, students are supported in the community to use public transport. Initially this is for short journeys but with the aim of extending this whilst reducing the level of support over time to achieve greater independence.

 

Some students this year have successfully combined travel training to and from their work placement.

 

Work related learning and travel training are reflected in the destination pathway as is input from other professionals (i.e. SaLT, Social services, Health etc.) Other learning opportunities included as part of the curriculum enrichment (Theme days, special assembles and performances) are also included in the destination pathway

 

As the student’s progress towards adult provision the school aims to provide them with Independent Living skills.

Classes have the opportunity to plan, buy then “Cook their own” lunch one day a week.

This has proved to be very popular with students and is now embedded in the timetable.

 

Curriculum enrichment activities continue from lower/ middle school to upper school. One of the most significant of these is our upcoming performance in the “Shakespeare for School’s” festival held in the Autumn 2 term. We also have an annual dance performance at the St Albans arena.

 

All students in Upper school have their work externally accredited and receive certification for successfully completed portfolios. Current accreditation at the school includes:

 

  • ASDAN (Award Scheme Development Accreditation Network)- A series of modules which promote the development of personal, social, independent and work related skills
  • Arts award- Creative arts expressed through music, drama, sensory experience, visual arts
  • AQA- Individual Skills checklists used in real- life, educational contexts

 

The type of Accreditation and level of support is also reflected in the teachers’ person centred planning.

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