As pupils move into secondary education at Year 7 they transfer to our KS3 department, where there are currently five classes. Key Stage 3 consists of three year groups - 7, 8 and 9.
Generally the classes have no more than ten pupils although this will vary according to pupil need. All the classes are staffed with one teacher and at least two teaching assistants. Some classes have a higher staffing level dependent on the needs of the group.
Most children in our Secondary department move up from our own Primary department. However some children transfer into Victoria at Year 7 either from other special schools or from mainstream schools around the city. We hold transition meetings for parents and also have an annual transition day for pupils. Additional transition visits can be arranged if this is felt necessary to support both the pupil and their family.
We will admit children at other times in their secondary career if we are requested to do so.
The Key Stage 3 curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and this is differentiated to meet the needs of our pupils. Key Stage 3 operates a three year rolling programme for its curriculum. Lessons are carefully planned with clear outcomes and expectations for all pupils.
The pupils throughout KS3 have access to specialist teachers in some subjects namely Science, and PE. We also continue to offer a wide variety of enrichment activities throughout our KS3 department including residential and day visits.
The emphasis on multi-agency working continues and our physiotherapists, nurses and speech and language therapists continue to be an important part of the school day.
If you would like to visit the Secondary Department or would like more information please contact Julie Fardell (Executive Headteacher) or Sue Facey (Key Stage Manager) on the main school telephone number 0121 476 9478.