Introduction

The Courtyard has developed a curriculum that meets the wide ranging educational and social needs of our pupils. It is based on the values made explicit in our vision and also encompasses and extends the national curriculum.
The curriculum consists of three suites of subjects:

Courtyard three suites of subjects

The Core Subjects offer qualifications in A/AS Level, GCSE, Functional Skills and the ECDL Level 3 qualifications in ICT.
The PAIL subjects of Home Cooking/Hospitality, Work Skills, Science and Art offer qualifications at BTEC Level 1 and 2.
As a result, we aim for all pupils to leave with at least five accredited outcomes.
As a result, we aim for all pupils to leave with at least five accredited outcomes.
The PAIL (Preparation for Adult Independent Life) Curriculum is designed to develop the personal and social skills of the pupils across a range of interesting and creative subject areas It was developed in recognition of the need to ensure our pupils leave us with the knowledge and skills to live a successful independent life.
There is a whole school focus on social communication, emotional regulation and independence to ensure personal development is in line with academic progress.
Provision for SMSC, PSHE, British Values and Prevent is ensured through weekly assemblies and the daily keyworker sessions which include pupils taking part in weekly votes on current affairs via the VotesforPupils platform.
The curriculum is highly responsive to pupil need and results in a wide variety of activities which stimulate interest and curiosity in all areas of learning. The small, peaceful and natural setting and well-resourced classrooms support this.
Pupils at the Courtyard are taught in ‘stage not age’ groups so that lessons are at the appropriate level of challenge for all pupils.
Those pupils who are academically and socially able to access GCSE and A-Level qualifications in the St Mary Magdalene Academy mainstream setting are always supported by a highly trained member of The Courtyard staff team.
All teaching staff are trained specifically to work with and ensure the academic, social and emotional progress of pupils with ASC. Lessons are planned and delivered to enable each child achieves their potential.

St Mary Magdalene Church Gardens
Holloway Road
London
N7 8LT

Tel: 0203 859 6350
Email: firstcontact@smmathecourtyard.org

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