Key stage 4

Curriculum and Accreditation—All pupils in KS4 have access to our three curriculum strands, there are Academic, Aspirations for Adulthood and Therapeutic, pupils access these at a level appropriate to them This ensures the curriculum is broad and balances and provides opportunities to prepare for adult-hood as well as progress academically. The curriculum content is taken from the National Curriculum, Sea View Trust skills document and the PCA progression documents which cater for pupils at all aca-demic levels. Lessons are differentiated to meet the needs of the pupils as and where necessary, whilst still being challenging in order to stretch our students to achieve their full potential, supporting all stu-dents to become successful learners, responsible citizens and resilient individuals.

In KS4 pupils work towards achieving qualifications that are at a suitable level to their learning and developmental needs. Qualifications range from Personal Progress Entry level 1 to GCSEs is a range of subjects across the curriculum including PE, art, RE, humanities, computing, music and drama, science, maths and English. Where it is felt appropriate, pupils who are excelling in a particular subject have the opportunity to attend inclusion lessons and local mainstream schools.

To support aspirations for adulthood the school hosts a careers event each year which all pupils, par-ents and carers from year 9 upwards are welcome to attend to find out what is available for students post 16. A range of college and post 16 providers attend to discuss what they have on offer.


Year 11 Opportunities
Year 11 School Leaders.
The school appoint two head pupils, two deputy head pupils and a six prefects each year. All pupils are given the opportunity to apply for these positions at the beginning of the year and are seen a role mod-els across the school and take on a range of responsibilities throughout the school. They also form part of the schools ‘Pupil Voice’ team working on improving the school from a pupils view.
College Experience—Park Community Academy has strong links with Blackpool and The Fylde Col-lege and Myerscough college. Our year 11 pupils access these colleges one day each week to experi-ence a range of courses and college life to help them pre and plan for their next steps after Park Com-munity Academy.

The range of courses include;
Blackpool and the Fylde college – Painting and decorating, plasters, media studies, Travel and tourism, sports, motor vehicle, computing and catering.
Myerscough – Motor sports, photography, animal care, sports and Horticulture and Practical Country-side Skill

Work Experience.
As part of the schools preparation for adulthood focus, year 11 pupils are able to experience the world of work through work experience placements in the summer term. The school works with Education Business Partnership to provide safe and quality placements for students for 1 week. Recent place-ments have been Westair Engineering, Sandcastle Water Park, B&M Stores, and New House Nursey , pupils may access these independently for supported where necessary with a member of school staff. These placement give the pupils to experience a working life as well as an opportunity to develop their communication skill and independence.


The focus on independent living skills is continued during the year 11 residential through an action packed stay at Bendrigg Trust in Kendal. As well as taking on chores around the lodge, pupils will take part in outdoor adventure activities such as kayaking, rock climbing, orienteering, abseiling and much more.


For year 11 the year is ended with a traditional year 11 prom, allowing pupils to celebrate their hard

Curriculum Key Stage 4