At The Walnuts School we have a developmental curriculum designed to meet the needs of our pupils. This is our universal provision, in other words what all pupils will access at school. When young people move into the Upper department there is a change in curriculum. 

  • Lower and Middle Department (Reception to Year 8) = The school's developmental curriculum
  • Upper Department (Year 9 to Year 14) = Examination syllabuses, and life and work skills


All pupils at The Walnuts School have Education, Health and Care Plans. These are used to ensure the pupils are kept at the centre of their learning. The plans are reviewed through-out the school year to plan provision in the class they are in from the most up to date information. 

Core skills of literacy, numeracy, as well as communication are focussed upon in all stages and areas of the curriculum. Pupils Wellbeing and Mental Health is key to good learning and all children and young adults need to be taught about these areas explicitly. Therefore this has been woven into the curriculum with safeguarding, which is essential to understand for positive wellbeing and good mental health. Independence and skills for life, including employability, are encouraged at all times. 

The school has a strong tradition of expressive arts for which we are passionate. The arts are an area many of our pupils can excel in and is therefore seen as a key part of the curriculum.

Information Communication Technology (ICT) pervades the whole curriculum and is used as a tool to:

  • Enhance opportunities & learning experiences;
  • Support pupils to access the curriculum;
  • Develop & support pupils to communicate, ensuring equal opportunities for all;
  • Allow pupils to access learning at home.

The staffs continually review the curriculum within Department Teams, as Curriculum Leaders and the full offer by the Senior Team. This has included investigating good practice and commercial curriculums.

The curriculum has recently been introduced and specifically looks at curriculum outcomes and how pupils access the curriculum. From this work new outcomes have been constructed which meet the pupils needs. There is additional importance placed on pupil mental health and well-being, including safeguarding as well as independence and employability. This can be seen in both our Foundation Curriculum and Higher Curriculum. Pathways have then been identified and improved to allow for better access to the curriculum offered.

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