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. Pupils are grouped according to their learning needs. Classes have a specific focus that underpins all their learning - SJ1 & S1 - Sensory Learning; S2 Formal Academic learning; S3 - Communication; and S4 - Early Formal learning.
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 two Teaching Assistants.
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 may 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 learning 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.
Pupils throughout KS3 have access to a specialist teacher in PE.
Key Stage 3 runs a House System which strengthens our ethos of Inclusivity, Teamwork and sense of Community. The Houses are named after the Harry Potter Houses. Pupils work hard to achieve House Points and the termly winners are awarded the House Cup at our Achievement Assembly, where progress and achievements are also celebrated.
Formal Accreditation begins in Key Stage 3 with pupils following Asdan 'New Horizons' PSHE & Citizenship course with all pupils achieving externally acredited certificates.
Some pupils work on Trinity College Arts Award Discover through various Arts activities, and planning and performing in a Key Stage 3 play linked to our Spring Term Topic.
Our Higher Achieving pupils are entered for Entry Level Functional Skills English and Maths in Year 9.
We offer a wide variety of Enrichment Activities throughout our KS3 Department including Lunchtime Clubs, Singing & Signing, visiting musicians, artists, performers and Theatre Companies productions, Sports Competitions, Scouts, Outdoor Adventure Residential visit to Calvert Trust for Yr 8 & 9 pupils 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 supporting the education of the 'Whole Child'.
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.