DSP (Designated Specialist Provision)
Our dedicated DSP base classrooms cater for a full-time curriculum with familiar staff for those students requiring a higher level of support. Our timetable is focused on communication enrichment, with a slightly higher proportion of the timetable dedicated to English and Literacy, alongside Maths, Science, PSHE, Humanities, PE, IT and Arts/Textiles. At Key Stage 4, all students are entered for GCSEs in English Language and Literature, Maths and dual award Science, all of which are taught in the DSP base classrooms, and those students capable of accessing lessons in the mainstream building are strongly encouraged to work to towards two or three additional GCSE-level (or equivalent) qualifications in Options subjects, such as Statistics, Food and Nutrition, Triple Award Science, History, Art, and Drama.
We have a dedicated Calm Room for de-escalation and recovery in times of crisis, and those students who would find the hustle and bustle of a large and busy playground too much to cope with also have access to a separate, quieter outdoor space for breaktimes and lunchtimes. Students are encouraged to get fresh air at break times and to socialise with their peers across the year groups within the DSP setting; however, those who integrate into mainstream lessons and have opportunities to make friends outside the DSP class are free to mix with their same-age peers at breaktimes and lunchtimes on the wider campus as they wish.