Key Stage 3

The Gillford Centres vision statement is “Acheiving Together” and this surmises our core values of ensuring a personalised curriculum that meets the needs of individuals at the college. Most if not all of the students are referred to The Gillford Centre because mainstream education has not worked fully and issues have arisen for students that have placed barriers to their learning. The Gillford Centre aims to remove those barriers and develop students academically and pastorally to ensure success in the future.

The focus of the curriculum is to ensure that the every student is given the skills to succeed in an ever changing world and we consider our out of lesson learning to be equally as important as time in front of a teacher.

Every student has a Key Worker (KW) who is responsible for ensuring good behaviour and good pastoral development outside of lessons. At break and lunch all members of our team are expected to be role models, demonstrate how to interact and engage in a variety of situations, discuss progress, discuss barriers and help remove those barriers.

In Key Stage 3 we aim to offer a curriculum which has been developed to engage and promote confidence within our children. We ensure that all pupils have access to a broad and balanced curriculum and all its experiences.

As well as focusing on core subjects of English, Maths, Science and ICT, we offer opportunities to acquire and develop key skills which equip our young people for the future by taking part in activities such as forest schools and outdoor education.  We allow the children to undertake functional skills assessments in both English and Maths.

We aim to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural, as well as academic and physical development by providing them with new and varied experiences. We understand that our pupils can face real challenges in their lives and circumstances, we work with our children to address these difficulties and support the children to ensure that we develop them holistically.

We encourage pupils to take part in a range of enrichment activities, trips and visits, which include our partnerships with the wide range of arts, sports and cultural venues in our proximity.

We pursue opportunities to gain accreditation matched to ability whenever appropriate and available; for example, through AQA unit awards or NIBAS qualifications for bouldering.

Our curriculum seeks to offer flexibility to young people to enable them to access learning which engages them and challenges them, allowing them to develop at a pace consistent with their abilities. Our aim is to help our pupils be successful in the next part of their lives, whether in the PRU or in mainstream education.




Arrive 8:45 depart 3.00 – 6 ¼ hours learning per day All break and lunch periods fully staffed and aimed at building relationships, correcting behaviour and encouraging positive interaction between peers. There will also be targeted interventions for individuals at this time based on need.

A typical week would equate to a minimum of 25 hours per week

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