the school where excellence meets opportunity



At Nexus we offer an outstanding curriculum which has memorable experiences, rich opportunities for high quality learning and is customised to the changing needs of individuals and groups. We provide specifically tailored programmes, which are coherent and relevant and promote outstanding progress and outcomes.


At Nexus therapeutic approaches (Physiotherapy, Sensory Integration, Counselling, Music Therapy) are an integral part of the school curriculum. The curriculum comprises specialist core and additional strands required to meet the holistic needs of each pupil.


Our curriculum embraces different aspects of traditional subjects. It is presented in ways that will interest our children and young people and delivered in a meaningful, practical and structured manner.

It is kept under rigorous review and adjusted and adapted to meet the needs, abilities and requirements of the school’s pupils.


Nexus’s curriculum framework allows educational teams to flexibly personalise each pupils curriculum in line with our core aims to ensure that:

  • Pupils have the ability to communicate with people and the world around them, leading to highest degree of independence possible
  • Pupils develop physical independence as far as possible
  • Pupils develop social competencies in order to behave in a socially acceptable manner
  • Plans are made for the future needs of child and family
  • Pupils learn the skills they need to keep healthy and safe
  • Pupils develop self-esteem and confidence in all aspects of their life
  • Pupils develop thinking skills and enable them to learn for themselves in academic and non-academic dimensions


The Learning Continuum:


Nexus school recognises that all children, young people and adults have unique abilities and ways of learning. We totally support the need for a broad and balanced curriculum however it must be wholly appropriate to the needs of the child / young person.


Education is concerned with the child or young person as a whole. The principle underpinning the curriculum focuses on the outcomes which pupils and their families want to achieve so that all decisions are informed by their aspirations.


Each pupil’s Personalised Learning Profile (PLP) will reflect their curriculum content and priorities for learning. The starting points will be diverse, the speed and direction of development will vary.

This curriculum offers ideas, not instructions and is by no means prescriptive. It is the medium through which teachers will operate and our children and young people will learn. The pupil must be central to the educational process. The curriculum should allow for flexibility thus ensuring pupil centred planning and assessment which puts the needs of the learners first. Planning, teaching, learning and assessment should be built around these needs. Our curriculum planning process involves the parents, teaching staff, therapists and other disciplines as defined by the profile of the pupil.


Core strands

The core strands are;

  • Cognitive development
  • Communicative development
  • Physical, motor and sensory development
  • Emotional and social development
  • Creative development


All these areas of learning are both interrelated and highly dependent on each other. The core strands are delivered via a thematic approach and taught through activities. All activities are taught to accommodate either skills based learning or process based learning.


Key Stage 4/5 (14 – 19 Department)


The KS4/5 curriculum is designed for students who are working predominantly working at Entry Level up to Level 3. It builds on prior achievement and ensures progress to either higher education, training, supported employment and / or independent living via individual study programmes.


The aim is to ensure that every student has a high quality learning route enabling them to participate, achieve and progress to higher levels.

It provides the young people access to an innovative curriculum the fundamental aim of which is to identify and best equip them for an identified and desired destination on leaving school.

From year 10 onwards individual study programmes provide options tailored to individual needs, strengths and ambitions.

Central to this process is meaningful and effective student input in decision making supported by family, friends, involved professionals, and others who know the student well.

For all students there are high, yet realistic, expectations regarding what each individual student is capable of achieving and aspiring to.


The curriculum is built around a destination led functional, vocational, and personal skills framework emphasising individual curriculum pathways, meaningful and recognised accreditation, with the primary aim of equipping individual youngsters for life.


Individual Study Programmes:

Following the Year 9 Transition Review the young person begins the process of transition into the 14-19 Department. This will involve, over the rest of the academic year, a series of visits and shared experiences, the transfer of key information, and a range of curriculum taster sessions. It will also involve some direct work with the student and the Department staff on planning the student’s initial curriculum pathway. At this point each student will be helped to develop an initial Destination Statement which they will hold a copy of along with their Person Centred Plan and their Curriculum Pathway. In time this will develop into a portfolio showing their individual attainment levels and achievements.

Students are encouraged to drive their own learning forward and to be involved, as appropriate, in all target setting and review of progress both on a short term and on a longer term basis.


Courses Available:

The table below shows a selection of the courses available to students within Key Stage 4 and 5


  • Entry Level Maths and English
  • Functional SkillsMaths, English, ICT
  • ASDAN – Towards Independence

  • ASDAN – Work Right

  • ASDAN – Employability

  • OCR Life & Living Skills

  • Edexcel Home Cookng

  • Duke of Edinburgh

  • Sports Leadership

  • First Aid

  • WJEC Creative Media & Performing Art
  • Horticulture

  • Vehicle Maintenance



Class Folders


Teachers update the class folders on a termly basis.

The information contained within the class folders includes:


  • A module summary which details the topic and areas being covered each term.  Where appropriate there is information about activities you can work on at home with your son / daughter
  • Weekly timetable
  • Termly newsletter

For more information about the national curriculum please click on the link below:


Should you require any additional information about your childs curriculum please contact their class teacher.