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At Buxton School, we will be able to plan the curriculum from 3 to 16 because the majority of children will 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 will start learning skills early on which will be vital to their future success with an increasingly specialised curriculum as they mature. There will be 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

Following Cann Hall’s excellence in developing children’s experience of being a healthy school and emphasis on ecology and Tom Hood’s success as a specialist science college, it is planned that teaching science and developing healthy lifestyles will be 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 will be encouraged to do regular exercise and participate in a wide range of sports activities.  We hope to provide safe outside green spaces in which to play and ensure our children eat healthily in purpose-built facilities.

Science is already taught as three separate sciences in the secondary phase but the vocational diplomas taught will include Society, Health and Development and the Land Based and Environmental diploma.


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 will be developed. Clear rules and expectations will be developed consistently across the school. Our All-Through School will provide a joined up strategy for meeting pupils’ additional needs with information effectively shared. There will be provision for pupils with speech, language and communication difficulties. Relevant support will be in place for gifted and talented 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.