The Sheriff School will embody universally high expectations, overcoming barriers to learning and supporting every student to succeed at the highest levels possible.
The National Curriculum will be used as a broad and balanced platform that will enable us to devise engaging programmes of study that will meet the needs of all learners. In addition, there will be a curriculum focus on Mathematics and Computing, the same specialism as adopted by our support school, the high capability and high capacity Lawrence Sheriff School in Rugby, which has a national reputation for excellence in the specialism subjects. State-of-the-art ICT and computing facilities will enable all pupils to gain full access to the curriculum.
The curriculum will have an unashamedly academic flavour and will be structured to promote EBacc access with the subjects available at KS5 focusing on the Russell Group ‘facilitating subjects’ which will increase students’ chances of gaining a place at Oxford, Cambridge or any Russell Group university.
Student assessment will take place on a regular basis, with summative and formative assessment used by teachers to plan work that matches the developmental stage of individual students.
Our SENDCO will work with other teachers as well as learning support staff, and students directly, to make sure that the specific learning needs of each student are identified early and met. We will provide tailored support to SEND (those with special educational needs and/or disabilities) and EAL (those with English as an additional language) students and stretch and challenge to the most able students.
A wide range of extra-curricular activities will support both academic and personal development. These will include lunchtime clubs and societies and after-school events, such as debating, chess, coding, science, art, music (vocal and instrumental), drama productions, Duke of Edinburgh and a range of recreational as well as competitive sporting activities and events.
We will place student well-being and high levels of self-esteem and self-confidence as key pre-requisites for both effective learning and self-discipline and will create an environment for students to be heard, promoting and developing student leadership. We will offer students the highest standards of pastoral care, rooted in proposers’ tradition of excellence in this area at our support school, Lawrence Sheriff School in Rugby.