Curriculum Intent

Curriculum Intent

Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of the wide range of learners that access our school. Every aspect of our curriculum is focused on “Beyond School”, preparing our learners with the relevant qualifications and experiences they require to make that positive transition to the post 16 world of education or work based learning.

Students are at the heart of our curriculum and it is their views which shape curriculum development based on their future ambitions and aspirations. (Student futures survey).

Our curriculum is relevant and reflects what the young people in this area value, preparing them for the opportunities in further education, apprenticeship and employment that this area can offer.

Our outstanding CIEAG provision ensures that students are exposed to local employers and understand the qualities that will make them desirable employees through our links with Enterprise Group, Colleges and Training providers all of whom attend our annual Career and Apprenticeship Fayre.

It is our intent that all students will have a positive onward destination built on the strong foundations of the curriculum we provide them.

We want all of our students to benefit from both our formal and informal curriculum and move on to become responsible and productive citizens in a diverse multi-cultural world.

Curriculum Content

The McKee curriculum has been crafted to meet the needs of a very diverse group of learners, all of whom have different aspirations and ideas on what constitutes education.  From the academic to the vocational, our curriculum content meets the needs of all our learners.

We use our split site to give specific curriculum focus;

All sites offer full time provision.

College House Curriculum Offer

Students are provided with a standard curriculum in a 25 lesson week.

KS3 Lesson Allocation
English 5
Maths 5
Science 4
Geography 2
History 2
Art 2
Physical Education 2
Religious Education 1
Coding 1
Enrichment 1


KS4 Board Lesson Allocation
English Language/Literature Eduqas 4/5
Maths AQA 4/5
Science Trilogy Double Award AQA 4
Religious Education AQA 2
Geography AQA 4
History AQA 4
Art AQA 4
Physical Education BTEC 4
Enrichment 1
Options – Choose 2

The majority of students accessing this curriculum are on Medical Placement or short term placements and will be returning to mainstream settings.  It is therefore vital that we can offer a comparable curriculum to support smooth transition back to mainstream.  Many learners start with us with gaps in their education but our small class size and curriculum mapping expertise helps to quickly address gaps in knowledge with students making rapid progress.

Enrichment is built into the timetable and this time can be used to provide alternate activities for students eg support in a GCSE which is not timetabled ie IT or French.  It can also be used for trips and visits to enrich the “Cultural Capital” of out students.

Vocational Curriculum Offer

The curriculum consists of three parts;

  1. Essential Education (2 days)
  2. A Career Pathway (2 days)
  3. Personal Development (1 day)
Essential Education
·      English up to GCSE
·      Maths up to GCSE
·      Science up to GCSE
Choose a Career Pathway
Construction Skills Public Service Motor Mechanics




Command Skills


Vehicle mechanics with some construction.
Formal Accreditation
IMI L1/2 Construction

First Aid


ASDAN Uniformed Services

First Aid

ASDAN Personal Development

IMIA Level 1/2 in Motor Mechanics.
Leading to


College Level 2/3 Construction

Armed Forces

Public Service

College Level 2/3 in Public Services

IMIA Level 2/3


Personal Development
·      Additional GCSE in Art or BTEC Physical Education
·      AQA Units in Personal Finance and Life Skills delivered in partnership with AFC Fylde
·      AQA units in Sport Leadership delivered in partnership with AFC Fylde
·      Work Experience
·      Mentoring
·      CIEAG

Curriculum Justification

It is at the heart of our curriculum that we are offering our students the curriculum they want, allowing them to make informed choices which provide the end goal they desire.

For the majority of our students the “mainstream” curriculum offer has not met need.  The additional support combined with the culture and ethos within the school enable more than 50% of students to continue with a full academic curriculum. The other 50% want something different, something tangible, something that is relevant to them.

Our students inform us as to what they think is important in a curriculum, we respond to that.

Our curriculum is referred to as “Beyond School” because it is designed to do just that, prepare students for what happens next.

Curriculum Development

Please click the links below to view our curriculum development plan.