“Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or the same way.” – George Evans
Liberty Lodge Independent School provides education for students with social, emotional and mental health difficulties (SEMH). Many of our students have fractured educational histories and thus are performing at levels below what would be expected of their mainstream peers.
Most students have statements of Special Educational Needs with SEMH as their primary need. Many also have additional needs.
We believe that the informal curriculum plays a very important role in supporting our students’ personal and social development. We actively seek opportunities to interact with students informally, to model expected behaviours and courtesies and to improve motivation. Break time, lunch time and tutorials all provide valuable opportunities for informal contact.
In addition we aim to have a range of trips, visits and visitors to enrich the formal curriculum. During the school year we further enhance the formal curriculum with specialist workshops (eg in music and drama) and other activities (eg social events and charity fundraising). We invite appropriate professionals from a range of disciplines to actively work with us to support student progress.
At Key Stage 3 the formal curriculum includes English, maths, ICT, science, humanities, PE, topic based projects and art. In addition students are offered a range of practical activities including gardening, woodwork, aspects of home economics.
In Year 9 students may have the opportunity to undertake a vocational taster course at a local college.
In Key Stage 4 students study English, maths, ICT, science, topic based projects and PE in school. Programmes of study lead to appropriate nationally recognised accreditations such as GCSE, BTEC, Entry Level, functional skills and ASDAN/CoPE.
Students can spend at least 1 day per week off site at a vocational placement.