There are six classes in the senior school, five of which are broadly arranged by age and one which is to specifically support our senior aged pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties. We also have ‘The Hub’ where some of our Key stage 4 pupils are taught alongside Winifred Holtby students in a specialised separate area in Winifred Holtby school. All classes are small with a high staff to pupil ratio.
Pupils follow a varied curriculum which includes Basic Skills, ICT, PSHE and Science alongside our Thematic Curriculum, this helps to develop pupils understanding of a wide range of activities.
Pupils are taught in mixed ability classes but are streamed for some periods of the day particularly for basic skills teaching. Each class has a dedicated classroom and pupils also have lessons in specialised rooms, these include, food technology room, an ICT suite, a drama hall and hydro pool. Lessons also take place within Winifred Holtby school campus, this allows pupils to gain access to science labs, the school library, outside areas and the PE facilities. Tweendykes staff support our pupils in these lessons.
Many of our pupils also attend, external provider centres.This is to support pupils on their pathway to wider learning outside of the school, with college placements and courses aimed at promoting independence, developing skills and increasing confidence. Pupils have access to a wide range of vocational qualifications including construction, catering, sport and engineering. They also have the opportunity to visit the city farm, take advantage of our flat and allotment as well as further links to potential employment.
Trips and visits are varied and frequent, we aim to take the pupils on school visits to places such as Little Monkeys, Skidby Windmill and Flamborough Lighthouse. Our pupils have visited museums, cinemas and even the ballet.
The vast majority of our pupils are given the opportunity to participate in residential visits. These are aimed at developing their life skills in unique and diverse environments. We have had pupils canoeing, beck scrambling, high ropes, climbing activities that really push their boundaries. Some of our pupils would not be able to access or enjoy this type of adventure break so we do organise more sedate residentials as well.