Years 7-11 - Adapted Secondary School Curriculum

The secondary department promotes independence focusing on developing life and vocational skills. Emphasis is placed on learning through experience with the curriculum being individually tailored and differentiated to reflect and meet the varied skills and needs of the students. Learners starting out in the early stages of their secondary curriculum will be involved in learning in a range of different ways that can support their individual needs. Students will learn through a themed curriculum that links to specific areas of relevant learning and topics that are important to them.

Due to the individual and unique learning abilities of each student, results are looked at on an individual basis. This information provides an overview only.

Literacy and Numeracy

The targets set are based on progression guidance and are aspirational in line with our ambitions for all young people. Each student has an individual target to aim for based on their previous year's performance and starting point.

The tables below show the overall results for key stage 3. The sample size for key stage 4 was too small for the year 2016-17 so are not included in the overall data. Outcomes for key stage 4 are detailed further below. 

Key stage 3

Literacy:  Numeracy: 
% of students achieving good progress: 85% 85%
% of good achievers who are outstanding:  50% 33%

Due to the level of need our young people, many pupils join in-year or part way through their Primary or Secondary education. Therefore we measure progress based on the length of time they have been at Prior's Court.

The table below shows the progress of key stage 3 pupils in relation to the length of time they have been at Prior's Court:

Literacy
 % of students achieving good progress: % of good achievers who are outstanding:
Pupils at PC for more than 3 years: 72% 25%
Pupils at PC for 1-3 years: 60% 66%
Pupils at PC for less than 1 year: 88% 87%

Numeracy 
% of students achieving good progress: % of good achievers who are outstanding:
Pupils at PC for more than 3 years: 72% 12%
Pupils at PC for 1-3 years: 80% 50%
Pupils at PC for less than 1 year: 100% 66%

The upper and lower quartile’s detailed below provide a fair representation of those young people making greater than or less than median average progress, whilst at the same time excluding those outliers which would otherwise skew the mean average.

Pupils who have been at Prior's Court for more than 3 years: 

Literacy Interquartile Range:
Upper Quartile: 73% progress 
Median: 64% progress
Lower Quartile: 55% progress

Numeracy Interquartile Range:
Upper Quartile: 80% progress 
Median: 74% progress
Lower Quartile:  58% progress

Pupils who have been at Prior's Court 1- 3 years: 

Literacy Interquartile Range:
Upper Quartile:  81% progress 
Median: 64% progress
Lower Quartile: 53% progress

Numeracy Interquartile Range:
Upper Quartile: 93% progress 
Median:  79% progress
Lower Quartile: 71% progress

There are 14 young people in key stage 3, all of which made greater than, or close to, half a P-level’s progress in Literacy. Even with a more robust criteria, there have been some great results:

  • Overall average progress in Literacy was 71%
  • Overall progress in Reading 75%
  • Overall progress in Writing 67%. Of the 14 young people, 6 young people use formal handwriting skills to support their all-round learning.
  • Of the 14 young people, 85% of young people achieved Good or Outstanding progress.

All key stage 3 pupils made significant progress in Numeracy:

  • Overall average progress in Numeracy was 82%
  • Overall average progress in Number was 82%
  • Overall average progress in Measurement was 85%
  • Overall average progress in Geometry was 78%

Of the 14 young people in the key stage 3, 85% achieved Good or Outstanding progress:

  • 2 young people made Adequate progress
  • 8 young people made Good progress
  • 3 young people made Outstanding progress 
  • 1 young person made Outstanding + progress

The key stage 3 results reflect all the hard work done by the students in working towards their targets and we are incredibly proud of their efforts, particularly with numeracy.

Key stage 4

There are only 4 young people in the key stage 4 sample, all of which made equal to or greater than half a P-level’s progress in Literacy.

  • Overall average progress in Literacy was 62% (good) of a P level.
  • The achievements within the key stage range between 52% – 97% progress. 2 young people made greater than 70% progress. The remaining 2 young people made between 52-55% progress.
  • Overall average progress in Reading was 68%

All key stage 4 pupils made greater than 54% progress in Numeracy, with 2 young people achieving more than 70% progress.

  • Overall average progress in Numeracy was 66%
  • Overall average progress in Number was 61%
  • Overall average progress in Measurement was 69%
  • Overall average progress in Geometry was 70%


As a result of these outcomes, young people are to be supported further in Number whilst opportunities need to be sought to generalise Numeracy through meaningful, functional and practical learning opportunities that will further embed skills.