Each PRU offers a continuum of support in a specialist environment delivering a broad and balanced curriculum, therapeutic programmes and, where appropriate, counseling services.
English is vital for communicating with others in school and in the wider world, and is fundamental to learning in all curriculum subjects. In studying English, pupils develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing that they will need to participate in society and employment.
English lessons at the PRU for KS3 and KS4 cover the National Curriculum requirements in Writing, Reading and Speaking and Listening. Pupils are assessed so that an individually designed programme of study will meet their specific needs. In KS3 the emphasis is on persuasive and descriptive writing enabling the students to be as creative as possible. By KS4 all students are working towards gaining qualifications in English including GCSE, Functional Skills and Entry Level Certificate.
Pupils learn to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others confidently and effectively. By developing English skills pupils can choose and adapt what they say and write in different situations, as well as appreciate and interpret the choices made by other writers and speakers. Speaking and listening skills are important life skills and the power point presentation that each student delivers is always entertaining for the audience!
The Mathematics Department at Newbridge House aims to develop each student to their full potential. We provide challenging, varied and interesting lessons so that the pupils enjoy their work, often using games, IT resources and practical activities.
An emphasis is placed on identifying any gaps that pupils may have in their mathematical understanding and supporting pupils to overcome these difficulties, especially problems that may arise with number skills. Pupils are also helped to apply their skills to everyday life through problem solving activities and as far as possible the full range of topics are explored. In Key Stage 4 we offer a number of academic qualifications with students encouraged to achieve a GCSE qualification. We also offer Entry Level courses where appropriate.
The Science Department provides a relevant and engaging syllabus which aims to develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of facts and ideas in Science and to develop their practical and investigative skills.
Learning activities includes direct teaching, practical and investigative study, games and interactive study, fieldwork and outdoor learning.
The Key Stage 3 syllabus complements and supports the studies that pupils will be undertaking in mainstream school and thereby helps to reinforce their learning and understanding in Science
The Key Stage 4 syllabus focuses on working toward G.C.S.E. and Entry Level qualifications and we have had considerable success in the number of our pupils who have attained G.C.S.E.qualifications.
Computing at KS3 equips students to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Students gain knowledge and understanding in a range of areas including e-safety and control programming. Computing also ensures that students become digitally literate and are able to express themselves and develop their ideas through their use of information and communication technology at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world. Students within KS3 will complete a range of work including the following units:
• E Safety
• Web Design with elements of HTML coding
• Control Programming using Scratch
• Digital Graphics
• Flash Animation
At KS4 students have the opportunity to study the Cambridge Nationals Award or Certificate ICT with units including:
• Understanding Computer Systems
• Using ICT to create Business Solutions
• Creating an interactive product using multimedia components
• Creating dynamic products using sound and vision.
Key Stage 3
PSHCEE is a major part of school’s curriculum and planned learning experiences in the school take place in lessons, during registration and break times.
The aims place personal development and the acquisition of personal, learning and thinking skills at the heart of the curriculum with the aim to enable all our young people to become:
• Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
• Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
• Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society
Learning is personalised to meet the needs of our pupils and in response to local priorities and circumstances. Whole curriculum design links learning to life outside school and make connections between subjects and cross-curricular themes and dimensions
Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society
The cross curricular dimensions reflect some of the major ideas and challenges that face society and have significance for individuals in the 21st century. These provide unifying themes to give learning relevance and help young people make sense of the world.
• Identity and cultural diversity
• Healthy lifestyles
• Community participation
• Sustainable futures and the global dimension
• Technology and the media
• Creativity and critical thinking
Social and emotional well being provides personal competencies (such as emotional resilience, self-esteem and interpersonal skills) that help to protect against risks relating to social disadvantage, family disruption and other adversity in life. Such competencies provide building blocks for personal development which will enable children and young people to take advantage of life chances.
Key Stage 4
The Key Stage 4 PSHCEE curriculum covers 4 main areas of study which are:
• Environmental Sustainability
• Healthy Living
• Financial Capability
• British Values
These are delivered in the centre as classroom based learning (although some students have the opportunity to have work experience to guide their learning) and are accredited level 1 and 2 courses accredited by Ascentis as vocational qualifications. They are assessed through the completion of an external multiple choice test which is carried out at the end of the course
Ascentis Level 1 & 2 Award in Environmental Sustainability (QCF)
The Ascentis Level 1 & 2 Award in Environmental Sustainability qualifications are designed to give the learner knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of sustainability and environmental impacts. These qualifications introduce the learner to key issues in sustainability, raising awareness of the topic and encouraging them to consider their role in helping to make sustainable choices. The aims of this qualification are to enable learners:
• To understand basic concepts in sustainability
• To develop a basic understanding of the environmental impacts of the creation of goods and service
• To understand what makes up a sustainable community
Ascentis Level 1 and 2 Award in Healthy Living (QCF)
The Ascentis Level 1 and 2 Award in Healthy Living qualifications are designed to give learners the knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of healthy living.
The aims of this qualification are to enable learners:
1. To understand the importance of keeping a healthy body weight
2. To understand the requirements of a healthy diet
3. Understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle
Ascentis Level 1 Financial Capability (QCF)
The aims of this qualification are to enable learners:
• To understand the sources of income and expenditure
• To understand the need to balance income and expenditure
• To know how to reduce expenditure
• To understand some of the products provided by banks and building societies and other similar financial institutions
• To understand the advantages and disadvantages of borrowing money
Ascentis Level 1 British Values (QCF)
Pupils in KS4 complete Ascentis Level 1 Award in Understanding British Values; this one-unit qualification introduces the learner to the 4 main principles of British Values. It is a flexible unit which enables pupils to contextualise the values in a variety of areas.
The aims of the qualification are to enable learners:
• To gain understanding of democracy
• To gain understanding of the rule of law
• To understand individual liberty
• To understand mutual respect and tolerance
The Asdan Wider Key Skills
Year 10 pupils are working on their Wider Key Skills Level 1 and 2 qualifications. This qualification involves pupils taking part in practical activities, producing evidence on these activities and completing paperwork. The 3 areas pupils produce work in are:
• Working With Others
• Improving Own Learning
• Problem Solving
These qualifications combined are equivalent to a grade B/6 in GCSE.
Within Textiles lessons at Newbridge house pupils produce a wide range of both practical and theory work. This enables pupils to participate in new experiences and develop skills and knowledge within the curriculum area.
Our Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils are currently taking part in the Unit Award Scheme and will achieve 3 or more units throughout the year. The units range from Pre-Entry Level to Level 3. All pupils will be encouraged to complete as many units as possible. Topics include designing and making a soft toy, using a sewing machine, making cushions, weaving and adding colour, pattern and texture to fabric.
During the year we take part in a local enterprise project called ‘Battle to Succeed’ which is a competition organised by St. Mary’s Hospice in Ulverston. In the past our school has been sponsored by Stollers Furniture Store in Barrow who sponsor each group £30. Our aim is to use this £30 to buy and make products that will make a profit. In one project we raised an amazing £396 for St. Mary’s Hospice. We did this by making door stops and key rings, which were sold to parents and staff, and also ran a little stall inside Stollers store.
At the end of each academic year we make products to enter in the local North Lonsdale Agricultural Show, these are then displayed and judged. Over the past 10 years we have had some amazing results gaining many 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Pupils are proud of their achievements and are always pleased to receive their prize money at the beginning of the New Year.
Year 9’s study History and work towards an Entry Level Certificate. This is an opportunity for the pupils to have a sound foundation if they want to choose History at GCSE level in Mainstream school.
The units covered are:
• Medicine through time and public health through the ages
• The Elizabethan period, which includes Elizabethan life and the Spanish Armada
• One famous figure in History
The pupil will combine class learning with field trips to:
• The Dock Museum, Barrow
• Furness Abbey, Barrow
Students at Newbridge House have the opportunity to take part in Outdoor Education.
The value of Outdoor Education is widely recognised as contributing to personal growth and greater self-awareness by helping to develop personal qualities such levels of confidence, responsibility, trust, care, tolerance and the willingness to give and accept support.
The PRU offer a wide range of outdoor activities including rock climbing, caving, canoeing, off road cycling, hill walking, ghyll scrambling and other adventurous activities. The activities are undertaken at numerous locations in South Cumbria, including Coniston, Langdale, Grisedale Forest, Humphrey Head and in the Yorkshire Dales.
As well as offering challenging and enjoyable activities, Outdoor Education has links with other areas of the curriculum.
Students present a portfolio of evidence of their activities. This portfolio will contain:
• Completed Activities Short Course book and evidence of challenges completed
• Planning and reviewing documents
• Record of progress
• Summary of achievement, identifying skills development
The pupils plan their activities to fulfil the required criteria; these activities are based around outdoor education which challenges them physically and academically.
In Art lessons here at the PRS we cover as many types of artwork as possible from traditional techniques such as drawing, printing and painting to sculpture, 3D models and computer generated artwork. 3D models seem to be a speciality of the PRS and this is clear on entry into the Art room! The Art room is full of pupils work and it usually doesn’t take too long for new-comers to feel at home in this environment and look forward to lessons.
Pupils doing Art in year 9 are entered for the Entry Level Certificate Qualification (ELC). This is a qualification run by the exam board OCR and runs along the same lines as a GCSE, but not with such high expectations. This is why it works well for younger pupils and those who join us late in KS4. The exam board regularly comments positively on the work produced by the pupils and have used examples of the work on more than one occasion for training purposes.
In Year 10 and 11, pupils are entered for the GCSE Art & Design Qualification. This is run by the exam board AQA and although it can put some pressure on pupils to finish and refine work, it enables them to produce a strong portfolio of work which they are often proud of. The AQA exam board also regularly gives positive feedback for the range and quality of the work produced.
Year on year success in both these qualifications make Art not only a personal and enjoyable subject, but also a valuable one with regard to gaining accreditation.
We base ideas and starting points on the interests of the pupils and basically take it from there. This approach, more often than not, can lead the pupils to successful outcomes and most importantly, work they can be proud of. Pupils are generally relaxed in their lessons and enjoy the praise and satisfaction of producing quality work. We explore the work of a variety of artists from British and International cultures and use these studies to influence and discuss the work we create. For GCSE and Entry Level qualifications, students are encouraged to make their projects even more personal, by incorporating interests, future careers, passions and ideas in to their work.
Art is an excellent vehicle for self-expression and confidence building. We encourage all students to represent their views and opinions in a striking visual way.
We are very fortunate to have recently introduced the Lexia Reading Programme The aim is to enable students of all ages and abilities to master essential reading skills. Baseline reading, spelling and comprehension tests are undertaken as the student starts and progress is monitored and tracked. It can also predict student’s performance for end of year and supplies teachers with a plan of action based on the data that are personalised for each student.
Benefits for students:
• Improved literacy skills therefore enabling student’s to engage better in other subjects
• Age appropriate content and graphics
• Motivates the reluctant learner
• Improves basic reading skills
• Students learn independently
• Works at the pace of the individual
• Instant feedback is provided on progress
• Certificates celebrate success
• Promotes a sense of achievement, confidence and independence
Students are also withdrawn on a 1:1 basis for numeracy skills, handwriting and personalised literacy intervention.
The Key Stage 2 unit at Newbridge House offers a fantastic, inspiring and calm environment. We support young pupils aged 7-11 years old with a wide variety of needs. As a team we support parents and mainstream staff, as well as the pupils. One of our main aims is to develop pupils to attend mainstream school, full-time, to have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Within the unit we provide pupils with strategies to allow them to succeed in a mainstream school environment. As well as having great communication and relationships with the pupils, we also strongly encourage fantastic communication between ourselves, schools and parents/carers. This is a key part in successfully being able to develop a pupil to progress and achieve highly.
Key Stage 2 pupils have an exciting range of curriculum areas which they participate in, from the core subjects English and Maths in the mornings, to P.E, gardening, catering, Art and much more in the afternoons. To add to the broad curriculum, Key Stage 2 pupils also have many opportunities and experiences to participate in outdoor education activities. We are also keen to raise money for charity. Events organised include car washes, baking cakes and walks.
WJEC level 1 / 2 award in Hospitality and Catering at Newbridge House offers a fantastic opportunity for the pupils to develop their knowledge and extend their skills within hospitality and catering in a vocational context.
It provides opportunities for pupils to develop a range of Key Skills and their capacity for imaginative, innovative thinking, creativity and independence.
We currently deliver the WJEC Award qualification where the specification encourages the investigation and study of hospitality and catering in a variety of contexts. In these contexts the candidates are given opportunities to acquire competence, capability and critical skills through the creation, implementation, use and evaluation of a range of resources.
The specification uses a range of assessment techniques to enable the pupils to respond through practical and investigative work.
The Award in Hospitality and Catering requires learners to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
The industry: accommodation; food and beverage; front of house
The types of products and services provided
A range of customer groups
Job roles, career opportunities and relevant training
Appropriate forms of communication within the industry
The importance of record keeping
The range of equipment used in the hospitality and catering industry.
Physical Education at Newbridge House enables pupils to participate in a range of both team and individual sports. Through the key stages the pupils get the opportunity to participate in Basketball, football, table tennis and hockey. During the summer term this is complemented with the addition of cricket and tennis.
In Key Stage 2 theses activities are adapted with mini games and adapted skills.
Assessment is used with the Butterfly Table Tennis award scheme and an in house Basketball programme.
Tracking of effort and participation is displayed in the PE office for students to monitor their involvement and achievements throughout the year in the key activities of football, table tennis, basketball, cricket, and the students ability in the gym to understand warm ups. These are used to report on progress and achievement to parents and demonstrate progress where appropriate.
Emphasis is on cooperation and team building as well as developing personal self esteem and individual skills and techniques.
Throughout the delivery of Physical Education there is a promotion of healthy living and encouragement to lead a healthy lifestyle. Awareness of the benefits of healthy living are delivered through a blocked programme of health related exercise. This is delivered using the well equipped gym.
Future plans are to deliver accreditation in Physical activity and enable students to begin early stages of coaching involvement with level 1 qualifications.
We currently share a cross curricular link with Outdoor Education and assist in the delivery of the ASDAN Activities and Peer Tutoring Short Course.
With the addition of new staff we are currently able to offer one to one lessons allowing students to use local leisure facilities. Bespoke fitness programmes are allowing individual students the opportunity to experience personal training in an external environment.
Interested students work 1:1 to learn about the issues which are affecting the environment and the consequences to our planet.
The students work on topics such as River Pollution, Acid Rain, Deforestation and Climate Change. We learn together about what causes the issues, the effects on our planet and what we can do to help. Within each topic, we explore the escalating problems and look at how they are linked together. For example, we look at Deforestation, Endangered species being pushed out of their natural habitat for various reasons, including the use of Palm Oil in many of our products and why our Rainforests are so important to the planet.
Another very important topic we cover is our use of plastics. We watch a documentary/film called Plastics in the Ocean which highlights the massive problems plastics are causing for our Sea Life. We also discuss how plastics are finding their way into the food chains of animals and ourselves.
We look at issues on a global scale and also learn about the small changes we can make locally, such as recycling, supporting our local wildlife and maybe getting involved in a local ‘Beach Clean’.
We keep up to date with any news topics; so we have recently watched the speech made by Greta Thunberg at the UN Climate Change Conference and discussed the future of the younger generation and why it is important for young people to have a voice in this changing world.
We work together in the sessions and the students work on completing an AQA Unit Award, the students not only have a greater understanding of Environmental Issues but also know how they can make individual changes to their lifestyles to generate more positive environmental changes, they also have the ability to educate others. Students that want to pursue this area of interest are supported in researching the many careers involved with supporting the Environment.
In Media Studies, pupils in year 10 and 11 work towards gaining a GCSE level qualification. Media Studies positively engages students through the use of relatable and entertaining media texts. Pupils learn key skills and concepts which underpin their understanding of how the rapidly developing world of the mass media works. This also allows pupils to begin to question the motives, author and purpose of media texts to which they are exposed and gain a deeper understanding of how to create their own media texts.
Pupils cover units exploring media language and representation: looking at print advertising, film posters and magazine and newspaper front covers, exploring media industries and audiences: looking at a radio soap opera, an official website for a film, a popular tabloid newspaper and a video game, understanding media forms and products: looking at a TV sitcom or crime drama, music video and online media. They also have the opportunity to work creatively to design and develop their own media text as their controlled assessment piece.