Both academic courses & vocational courses are equally effective at meeting the needs of the learners.
— Ofsted, January 2017

Custom Curriculums

The Academic Year

The academic year is broken down into trimesters that provide opportunities for accurate assessment and progression mapping. Trimesters are popular in FE and HE environments and we find that employing such a system helps our students with their transitions.

  • Trimester 1 – September to December

  • Trimester 2 – January to March

  • Trimester 3 – April to July

Each student is thoroughly assessed on entry to the department and they are monitored throughout the academic year to ensure that they are progressing in line with their individual outcomes.


  • All students are assessed on entry using the BKSB software (literacy, numeracy & ICT).

  • An initial assessment indicates their working levels & this is supported by a full diagnostic assessment, which identifies strengths & areas for development.

  • Each student is BKSB assessed at least twice over the academic year.

  • Their qualifications are mapped on entry, & throughout the year.


Our Academic offer

We are arguably the only post 16 special needs provision in the UK that is able to cater for students from Entry Level 1, through to Level 3 and A Level.

The levels we offer

  • Entry Level 1

  • Entry Level 2

  • Entry Level 3 – GCSE, G (1)

  • Level 1 – GCSE, D, E, F (2, 3)

  • Level 2 – GCSE, A, B, C (4, 5, 6, 7)

  • Level 3 – A Level



  • BTEC

  • AQA

  • GCSE

  • A Level

  • City & Guilds

  • Functional skills


  • Arts Award

  • NCFE

  • NCS


Our curriculum is designed to ensure that we meet the aims of individual EHCPs and the four key outcomes from the Preparation for Adulthood framework. These are:

  1. Preparation for further education (FE), higher education (HE), employment or training.

  2. Preparation for independent living.

  3. Being able to participate in society and contribute positively to the community.

  4. Being healthy in adult life.

Our curriculum is continually evolving to meet the needs of our students. The current and past curriculum has included:


To support progression, each student will have:


• A designated class teacher & learning mentor
• A personalised timetable/learning pathway plan
• A learner profile
• Assessment records for each subject

• A bespoke qualifications tracker
• A bespoke transition plan
• An online BKSB account
• Access to curriculum support such as; educational psychologist, therapy, literacy support, speech and language & occupational therapy.

The quality of teaching, learning & assessment is outstanding
— Ofsted, January 2017

Driving lessons and travel training.

As part of the post-16 education at Wilds Lodge we also help with travel training and driving lessons and the theory work for the test.


Case Studies

Academic Pathway

Student A (internal progression) has been at Wilds Lodge since 2014 and progressed well through years 10 and 11. He joined the post 16 provision in September 2016 as a day student, and opted to take an academic pathway, which included; A level maths, and a Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Sports. Below are the key areas for focus during his time with post 16.

  • Academic development: A level maths & L3 BTEC sports course.

  • Social development: A gradual transition into a college/FE environment, with an option to ac- cess HE in the future.

  • Emotional development: Access to the therapeutic curriculum to develop coping strategies and mental robustness.

Vocational Pathway

Student B (an external referral) joined Wilds Lodge in September 2016 and came straight into the post 16 provision (initially as a day student, then moved to a residential placement). He decided to take a vocational pathway that focused on ICT. Below are the key areas for focus during his time with post 16.

  • Academic development: Continual work and progression on literacy and numeracy skills. A level2 ICT functional skills course. Access to a number of qualifications such as ASDAN, public ser- vices, life skills, photography and employability.

  • Social development: Boarding at the Rock Lodge residential site, which provides access to a 24hr curriculum. Access to a relevant work experience placement that provides key networking opportunities.

  • Emotional development: Access to literacy support specialists, a speech and language specialist, and the therapeutic curriculum.