Pupils in the upper 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. Our care team has designed an enrichment program so that our children can experience learning, socially and emotionally, while still achieving AQA unit awards in those areas. 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. Children 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 and 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 is; academic lessons in the morning including English, Maths, Science, Art & Design, 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 program, which gives the children the opportunity to take part in archery, horse riding, swimming, animal care or bowling which combined with other afternoon activities improve social skills and confidence. The program is liable to change, according to the interest expressed by our cohort as they move through school. Click on the links to find out more about the upper school.