School

Pupils in our school are predominately aged 11 to 18, however our school is flexible, and we work on stage not age, this means pupils in year 6 who are ready for the challenge are able to transition sooner. Our curriculum is broad and balanced and designed to prepare the children for adulthood, it is both academic and social and we believe this allows the children to achieve their best.  We have designed an enrichment curriculum so that our children can experience learning, socially and emotionally, while still achieving AQA unit awards in those areas.  It also means we can deliver learning in foundations subjects through enrichment.  The Duke of Edinburgh award is available, for years 9, 10 and 11 as well as the John Muir awards for those pupils in year 8 and below (see lower school pages for details). Pupils at Talbot House School can also gain academic qualifications, we cater for a wide range of abilities from Entry Level Certificates and Functional Skills, to GCSEs.

We have a high ratio of pupils to staff so that we can provide the support required for each child. Our lessons are 40 minutes long rather than an hour. Teachers and support staff personalise the planning so that all pupils can reach their full potential, every child learns differently.  A typical day in our upper school looks like this; house groups followed by academic lessons in the morning including English, Maths, Science, Art & Design, Music, PSHE, Life Skills, PE and Photography. With opportunities during the afternoon timetable for pupils to build skills in Sports & Leisure, Humanities and Preparation for adulthood. We model and teach appropriate interpersonal skills through our social enrichment curriculum, which gives the children the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities such as; horse riding, swimming, golf, various sporting activities, catering, hair and beauty or bowling as well as other seasonal activities such as fishing and orienteering.  We aim too improve social skills and confidence.  The enrichment curriculum is subject to change, according to the interest expressed by our cohort, the time of year and the weather.   Click on the links to find out more about the upper school. 

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