Curriculum and Assessment

Our curriculum at St Nicholas School is drawn together from the National Curriculum, the key skills curriculum and personalized therapy targets. Learning objectives are carefully planned for each pupil, according to their age, level of ability and the way they prefer to learn. The curriculum includes:

  • English, language, literacy - including communication 
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Physical development
  • Personal and Social development
  • History, geography and RE
  • Art, music and drama

To see a summary of our current curriculum plan, click here:


With the onset of a the new National Curriculum 2014, which is due to be implemented from September 2014, we are working on adapting our current curriculum to the new framework. Our aim is to remain clearly focussed on the specific learning needs of each individual, whilst providing a curriculum and timetable which is flexible and adaptable for any pupil, whatever their needs and abilities.

Assessment data for the year ending July 2014 shows that the pupils at St Nicholas School are making GOOD PROGRESS.

All teaching staff at St Nicholas School are required to  regularly review learning progress, and the pupils are assessed 3 times per year in all areas of English, maths, science, PSHE, IT, and PE. We use BSquared Connecting Steps for our official assessment procedures. This assessment tool is linked to P Levels, and breaks the levels down into even smaller steps.

The use of performance scales (P Levels) is statutory when reporting attainment for pupils with special educational needs who are woking below level 1 of the National Curriculum. They are used at the end of Key Stage 1, key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 for reporting teacher assessment in English, maths and science to the Standards and Testing Agency (STA). 

Some of our more able pupils in Key Stages 2, 3 and 4 are assessed using National Curriculum levels.

Statutory assessment data is thoroughly scrutinized and analysed by the school. Through this we can see where are pupils are performing well, and we can also identify some areas for development. For example, the data for the year ending July 2014, the school has identified science as a focus area.



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