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The Courtyard curriculum

A highly personalised curriculum is offered to each pupil, so that they can develop the skills and knowledge necessary for success. The small school supportive setting and high staff ratio enables this.

All staff are highly trained, which enables pupils to learn both in the mainstream classes within St Mary Magdalene Academy and in Courtyard classes. The staff includes six teachers, four higher level teaching assistants and two teaching assistants.

The Courtyard offers a two tiered curriculum in English and maths, either the GCSE courses or the Edexcel Functional Skills courses. These courses run alongside BTEC/entry level science, functional skills ICT, BTEC home cooking, GCSE citizenship, ASDAN PSD, SRE, reading support, art therapy and self-discovery. Support structures are provided for those pupils who are able to access GCSE or A Level qualifications in the SMMA mainstream setting.

Teaching staff are trained specifically to work with and ensure the academic, social and emotional progress of pupils with ASD. Lessons are planned and delivered to enable each child to achieve their potential.

If you wish to find out more about our personal offer please do contact us using the school email address.




Photo of pupils and staff at The Courtyard on a snowy World Book Day

World Book Day The Courtyard turns into a colourful literary festival as students and teachers dress up as their favourite fictional characters in honour of World Book Day