Students have access to a broad and balanced curriculum and are taught in tutor groups for most of the week.
They are set for English and maths by ability and alongside these we run Foundation Groups with a curriculum designed specifically to meet the individual needs of pupils with severe learning and social interaction and communication difficulties. For those pupils who demonstrate particular ability in specific subject areas then GCSE courses are available at school.
We offer a much more flexible curriculum leading to a range of externally accredited qualifications.
In Year 10, students take compulsory subjects such as English, maths and science, but they also have the chance to carve out a more individual route by opting for non-core subjects such as humanities, enterprise, creative arts, outdoor education, food technology and design technology.
Year 10 students participate in a weekly programme developing skills required in the workplace, with some external college-based activities and others within the community. Various externally accredited vocational courses are available for students to follow which change year to year according to pupil demand. Particularly popular courses include catering, construction, agriculture, floristry and horticulture.
SEX AND HEALTH EDUCATION
The school governors support the importance and relevance of teaching sex and health education. It is the school’s policy to deal with questions about health matters and differences between the sexes, reproduction and bodily change, factually and honestly, as they arise. Within the school curriculum, these issues are dealt with more formally and form components of science and personal, social and health education programmes. Further information about these aspects of the school’s work can be obtained from the Headteacher.
HEALTHY LIVING AND LIFESTYLE
As a school, we support parents in their effort to ensure their children lead healthy lives. We put the Every Child Matters agenda at the heart of our work and offer various extended school activities, with a major focus on physical activity. The school has been awarded; Investors in Pupil’s; the National Standard for Enterprise Education; the Healthy School Award; and the Sportsmark and Activemark awards.
ENTERPRISE AND VOCATIONAL EDUCATION
From the age of fourteen, vocational education is provided to students. There are opportunities to develop skills through courses in catering, construction, agriculture, floristry, humanities and horticulture, ceramics, art, hair and beauty, car mechanics and dry-stone walling. The school is accredited to deliiver various A B C Award qualifications. Other opportunities include:
o Work placements matched to students’ interests
o Taking part in community and conservation projects o Working on local farms
o Gaining carpentry and wood-working skills
Enterprise Education is for young people of all ages throughout the school and is about helping young people develop enterprise capability, financial capability and economic and business understanding.
The school aims to meet the needs of every pupil, which requires them to be placed in classes with others of similar age and needs. Pupils are continually assessed, with targets set that are monitored termly. Where they are not met, additional support is provided by specialist staff in the identified areas of need or specific programmes delivered in lessons. Where higher needs require to be met, individual timetables are devised.
Small groups of primary school-age pupils can benefit from a programme of peer massage, aimed at raising self-esteem. Guided visualisation and meditation techniques are also taught to children to give them a safe place to examine different aspects of their lives. A short massage routine is performed by the children, fully clothed, on each other. The programme of positive touch is restricted to the back, head, arms and hands, and is performed only with the child’s permission. The many benefits include increased confidence and self-esteem, and a differentiation between positive and negative touch.
Mowbray School is a creative place where children have opportunities to explore and express themselves through a number of creative outlets. These feature strongly in both the daily curriculum, and after-school activities provided for our students. We share the belief of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority that “The Arts” ‘can raise standards, change attitudes, improve behaviour and increase the quality of teaching and learning’.
Mowbray School is committed to arts education. Recently improved arts facilities enhance the already good provision and practice. We define arts education as the art and design, music, dance, drama and multi-media experiences that take place in school hours and as extra-curricular activities. The Arts Council England has presented the school with the Artsmark Silver Award, a national honour recognising our school’s high level of arts provision.
Recent developments include the refurbishment of the Design and Technology suite and the creation of “The Studio” – a multi-purpose digital media room that will enable photo-editing, film production and music recording projects.
EXTENDED CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES
Pupils have opportunities to engage in a range of art and performing arts activities, and to see theatre groups and musicians performing live. All are offered the opportunity to take part in a residential visit at some stage of their schooling. Towards the end of the summer term, all pupils take part in an Activity Week, when the normal timetable is suspended and they can take part in art, technology and performing arts activities, outdoor pursuits or residential visits. For the youngest pupils, these are usually undertaken as a class group. Activities are offered in mixed-age groups for Key Stage 2 pupils, giving them the chance to work with different peers and adults.
EXTENDED SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
Mowbray School runs a breakfast club that is available to all pupils each day from 8.45am. They can select from a choice of items such as cereals, toast, crumpets, sausages, fruit juice and hot drinks. We ask parents for only a nominal contribution. After-school and lunchtime activities include Nature Club, Art Club, Drama Club, football training, rebound therapy and fitness exercise. The school also runs some holiday activities. We feel that pupils benefit greatly from taking advantage of these opportunities and we are always looking at ways of enhancing their experiences of school.
PERFORMANCE TABLES AND EXAMINATION RESULTS