Independent Schools Inspectorate
Appleford offers the full range of national curriculum subjects delivered by an experienced and highly qualified body of teachers. Lessons are undertaken in well-equipped classrooms with high levels of LSA support making use of the latest multisensory resources and with our two fully resourced IT suites offering an unrivalled ratio of computers per child.
Class based lessons are also developed through a range of off-site experiences including visits to art galleries, museums, theatre trips and historical sites.
Our Lower School comprises of classes for Years 3 to 7. Each class is taught by a highly qualified SpLD teacher with LSA support with average class sizes of 8 pupils. The Lower School has dedicated ICT and Art rooms together with access to whole school facilities such as Food Technology, Music and Drama room, Design and Technology room and Sports Hall. Throughout the Lower School, children are regularly assessed with appropriate educational targets forming part of their IEPs.
Upon entry into the Upper School, pupils in Year 8 follow a broad and balanced curriculum based on the National Curriculum, including English, Maths, History, Geography, Art, Design and Technology, ICT, Science, PE, PSHE, Music and Drama and Food Technology. All pupils are assigned a Group Tutor who manages aspects of pastoral care and supports the pupils in their accessing school life.
In the Summer Term, Year 8 pupils make their subject choices for Year 9. These include a core of English, Maths, Science and ICT with either History and Art or Geography and Food Technology forming the options. All pupils opt also for Vocational Studies which, in Year 9, leads to qualification in the National Vocational Certificate and leads on to selection of two BTEC qualifications in Year 10 and 11 (at either Level 1 or 2). PSHE, Citizenship and careers guidance is provided for through the group tutor system.
In terms of achievement and access, depending upon the ability of the pupils, study will focus on GCSE and/or Entry Level qualification by Year 11. By beginning these courses in Year 9, we provide pupils with three rather than two years to progress through the programmes of study – a necessity for Appleford children to maximise their opportunities for success.
All Year 10s will additionally receive additional careers guidance and work experience placements.
Our latest ISI report has borne out our commitment to providing the very best levels of provision and teaching for our pupils. In all areas we were judged as Excellent – the highest possible grade.
All pupils as part of their year 9 options have the opportunity to engage in a range of vocational courses leading to GCSE equivalent qualifications at 16. These include BTEC courses and the National Vocational Certificate. Additionally, pupils learn vital life and functional skills which help them access a successful adult life. Careers advice and off site visits to different employment settings help with this development and all Year 10s have the opportunity to take part in a work experience placement. From a whole school perspective all children take part in our annual Citizenship Day which welcomes visitors from a range of professions to the school and calls for all pupils to engage in an afternoon of voluntary service.