All – Through Learning Community

At Buxton School, we are able to plan the curriculum from 3 to 16 because the majority of children move seamlessly through the school. In this way we can ensure that there is continuity in the curriculum and that children can make real progress.

Children start learning skills early on which is vital to their future success with an increasingly specialised curriculum as they mature. There is a progressive assessment framework to track pupil progress from primary to secondary phases. If pupils do not make sufficient progress interventions can be quickly put in place. For others who make good progress, their learning can be accelerated and they can be fast tracked onto new topics, using the specialised resources of the secondary phase and the challenges created by transition outlined earlier will not exist.

Science & Health

Developing children’s experience of being a healthy school and with an emphasis on ecology and success as a specialist science college,  teaching science and developing healthy lifestyles is a major focus for Buxton School.

We will ensure that the curriculum will provide many opportunities for children to learn about science including the use of outside ecological and scientific learning spaces. They are encouraged to do regular exercise and participate in a wide range of sports activities.  We provide safe outside green spaces in which to play and ensure our children eat healthily in purpose-built facilities. Science is taught as three separate sciences in the secondary phase.

Inclusion

It is important to us that all children feel secure and happy so they are keen to come to school and learn. All children have the right to learn in a safe environment and positive consistent behaviour through praise and reward systems has been developed. Clear rules and expectations have been developed consistently across the school. Our All-Through School  provides a joined up strategy for meeting pupils’ additional needs with information effectively shared. There is provision for pupils with speech, language and communication difficulties. Relevant support is in place for moreable children and for those with learning difficulties and with disabilities.

The new building will ensure that there is improved inclusion with the appropriate disabled access.The school will ensure that there is sustained effective engagement with parents and support agencies to meet the needs of all children.