Mainstream Education, Alternative Environment.

We are ambitious for all of our students and that is why our academic offer reflects that of a mainstream school. We do not believe that our students are less capable of learning challenging concepts, acquiring new knowledge or applying prior learning; nor are they less entitled to the same quality of education as their mainstream peers. They do, however, benefit from an alternative environment and approach to support their individual needs.


Our unashamedly knowledge-rich curriculum supports students to acquire subject-specific knowledge needed to succeed in examinations and become passionate learners, while presenting them with numerous opportunities to gain cultural capital.  Students are exposed to a broad and balanced educational programme of study at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4, that enables them to study subjects and achieve qualifications directly related to their career aspirations or allows students to successfully move on to a relevant post-16 destination. 

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Overview

In Key Stage 3, our students receive a thematic learning experience across all of our subjects, investigating key themes from many perspectives.  After consulting with staff and students, our key themes have been decided upon to increase engagement across all subject areas.  Our key themes are:

War, Medicine, Protests and Riots, Good and Evil, Crime and Punishment, Nottingham Fame

Students explore our key themes by using the following subjects as a driver:

English, Maths, Science, Business, Humanities, Employability, Music Technology, Food Technology, Art, Sport, Enrichment, Connection and Personal Development.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Overview

Students in Key Stage 4 study a core curriculum of GCSE English Language, GCSE Maths, GCSE Biology (Year 10) and GCSE Religious Studies (Year 11) in addition to a Personal Development Curriculum incorporating Relationships, Sex and Health Education, Character Education, Citizenship, Careers and Enrichment.

Students also have the opportunity to study two ‘Pathway’ qualifications per year in addition to their core curriculum.  Pathway subjects can be chosen from the list below:

GCSE Business, GCSE Chemistry, GCSE English Literature, GCSE PE, GCSE Psychology, BTEC Public Services, BTEC Health & Social Care, FCSE Spanish, NCFE Music Technology, NCFE Food and Cooking, ASDAN Sport,

We also work closely with commissioning schools in ensuring that any prior learning or achievement is acknowledged and can be continued with us if possible.

See below for a copy of our current school timetable.

Our Curriculum and Teaching and Learning Policy can be found by clicking on the link below.

Curriculum Policy 2021_22

If you require further information regarding our curriculum, please contact Gemma Blacow, Assistant Principal – School Standards on 0115 986 4098 or email