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Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Overview

The curriculum offer at Key Stage 3, mirrors the subjects taught at mainstream school.  The main focus is that they are to be reintegrated back into mainstream as quickly as possible. Also, we assess their needs and identify any additional support and make relevant referrals to support students back into school. We support students to identify reasons why they are not in mainstream school and provide strategies for them in order that they can demonstrate that they are ready to return to mainstream.

At Key Stage 4 the curriculum design is to engage our learners positively in order that they can go onto further education, employment or training. Our students will find themselves on a pathway that is either vocational or academic, or a combination of the two. Depending on which pathway you follow, our core offer includes Maths, English and or Science. The range of options include: Physical Education, Art, Business, Information Technology, Performing Arts, Home Cooking Skills and the Arts Award.

Year 10's and 11's will do a one-day placement at Hertford Regional College (HRC) and achieve a Level 1 qualification in one of the following courses: Hair and Beauty or Hospitality and Catering.




AQA English Language in Year 10 and 11 and English Literature in Year 11


Edexcel Functional Skills – Entry Level 1, 2 and 3


Edexcel Foundation and Higher Tier

Edexcel Functional Skills Entry Level 1, 2 and 3


Edexcel iGCSE single award


AQA Art and Design GCSE


Arts Award Bronze/Silver Award

Performing Arts

Arts Award Bronze/Silver Award


Edexcel GCSE short course PE


NCFE Functional Skills – Entry Level, Level 1/2


NCFE Level 1 Certificate in Business and Enterprise

Home Cooking Skills

BTEC Level 1/2 Jamie Oliver  Home Cooking Skills

Princes Trust

Princes Trust - Entry Level, Level  1/2


Our Enrichment will include the following: Gym, Football, Crafts, Music and Trips out. Students have a tutor session each day for 20 minutes. On Thursday, there is an Assembly during this time. Other sessions include Reproductive and Sexual Health Education (RSHE) focussed work, literacy and self-reflection/evaluation of what has happened in the week at school.



At Orchardside we run a respite provision for mainstream students. Students from either year 7 or 8 whom are at risk of permanent exclusion will be with us for a period of six weeks and then reintegrate back into their school with support. Students on the Turnaround programme will study:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Art
  • Physical Education
  • Home Cooking Skills
  • Information Technology
  • Enrichment
  • Back to school workshops

Students will have the appropriate screeners during their time at Orchardside for Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH).

A holistic report will be produced for the students when they return to school, with a requirement that the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) from both schools are involved in the re-integration meeting.


Turnaround Key Dates for 2019-20


Referral Window


Start Date

End date

Return to home school

Cohort 1

23rd Sept – 27th Sept

30th Sept – 4th Oct

28th October

6th December

9th December

Cohort 2

9th Dec – 13th Dec

16th Dec – 20th Dec

7th January

14th February

24th February

Cohort 3

3rd Feb – 7th Feb

10th Feb – 14th Feb

24th February

3rd April

20th April

Cohort 4

23rd Mar – 27th Mar

30th Mar – 3rd Apr

20th April

22nd May

1st June

Cohort 5

11th – 15th May

18th – 22nd May

1st June

10th July

13th July


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