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Our curriculum

Our curriculum is designed around and for our pupils. It is flexible enough to allow for individual needs but has a robust core that ensures we set our pupils up for the best life chances possible. We ensure that we mirror the national curriculum through a psychoeducational approach to learning. Our teaching approach and curriculum is designed to raise aspirations and support social mobility. 

Primary curriculum

Our primary curriculum is heavily based in the outdoors, exploring nature and our surroundings. Pupils are supported by a high ratio of specially skilled practitioners including teachers, forest school leaders, trauma informed schools practioners, ELSA, speech and language therapists, and occupational therapists. 

The curriculum is thematic and pupils interests feature heavily in their own learning. 

KS3 curriculum

Our KS3 curriculum builds on the robust primary curriculum. Pupils new to the school are supported to address any gaps in learning by our accelerated learning programme where pupils are assessed, identified and individual targets are set. 

The curriculum remains thematic but is flexible to allow for AIM qualifications and preparations for GCSEs. 

KS4 curriculum

Pupils have the opportunity to study towards AIM qualifications, functional skills and GCSEs all tailored to their individual needs and choices. We use subject specialist tutors to ensure a breadth of subject choices are available to our pupils.


The personal, social, emotional, health education to our pupils is vital to their success and well being. As well as being a trauma informed school PSHE is taught discreetly by our specialist practitioners.  We encourage pupils to discuss and debate challenging topics whilst being respectful of each other’s opinions. We take a 1:1 approach to teaching sex and relationships due to past traumas of some of our pupils. We work closely with our safer school police link to ensure that we educate pupils on local issues including county lines, knife crime and how to stay safe online. 


The  link between being physically active and the impact on mental wellbeing is well researched and documented and as such sport and physical activity is a high priority at The Stable school. Pupils have the opportunity to surf, box, ski, paddleboard, horse ride, rock climb as well as regular formal PE sessions mirroring the national curriculum. We have trained mountain bike instructors on our teaching team who combine mountain biking with ELSA sessions. We also encourage walking on the neighbouring St Catherine’s hill nature reserve as both a form of exercise and mental well-being focus.