School Information

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Assessment and Reporting

Pupils are assessed regularly in class using a variety of methods in order to capture progress and support understanding. Work is marked regularly and pupils are informed what they have done well and what they need to do in order to improve. Pupils are also encouraged to self-evaluate and are given opportunity to assess their peers against clear success criteria.

The new national curriculum no longer uses levels for assessing progress. At the West Sussex Alternative Provision College we assess the progress of our KS3 and KS4 pupils towards an aspirational GCSE grade of 1 – 9.

All primary and secondary pupils receive half termly and termly reports that show their target and whether they are working below their target, are on track to meet that target or are working at a greater depth towards achieving that target and so may achieve higher than their target.

Each term teachers comment on the skills that pupils have developed successfully in their subject and a skill to develop in the following term. The national curriculum and exam board specifications are broken down into skills for each subject and when a pupil starts using that skill they are considered to be emerging in their ability to demonstrate that skill. The next step is to develop that skill until they are secure in its use and through classwork and assessment they will eventually master that skill and be ready to move on to the next one.

This means pupils’ learning at the West Sussex Alternative Provision College can be highly personalised, as teaching and learning is focused on developing skills at the pace and level suitable for their ability with appropriate support and challenge in place.

Teachers will always be happy to discuss progress if there are any questions or concerns on a day-to-day basis and parent/carer attendance at our termly review days offers the essential opportunity to speak to tutors for an overview of how individual pupils are progressing at WSAPC.



Primary Curriculum  

WSAPC provides short term primary provision from Reception to Year 6.

Our primary ‘Branch’ classes are based in Burgess Hill, Chichester and Lancing. The provision is based on small group classroom settings that support the educational needs and abilities and ranges of the class cohort, as well as providing a nurturing environment in order to address the social and emotional needs of the children.

Learning is fun and interactive whilst following the national curriculum guidelines for primary aged pupils. This includes time for play and physical activities as well as a morning breakfast club and communal lunch time with our staff.

Children are encouraged to work together on project based work as well as individually with the emphasis on literacy and numeracy in all subject areas.

Our primary provision supports the individual needs of our children and allows time for us to identify each child’s specific learning requirements in order to move children on to longer term settings.

Curriculum – Key Stages 3 & 4 

WSAPC secondary provision is set in 5 centres across the county. Although we are a large campus in a large geographical county, we aim to provide a consistent model of education and support in all of our centres so that every child that passes through our doors is taught a broad and balanced curriculum offer of the core subjects in English, maths and science as well as a variety of experiences including PE, art, outdoor activities and cooking.

The aim in all of our centres is to work with the pupil on their individual needs for both their academic, and their social and emotional requirements, thus developing the individual to make informed choices with regards to the future.

The college addresses the balance needed between understanding where the child is when entering our college and setting aspirational targets in order to move onto other educational settings, as well as addressing the social and emotional needs that are blocking the pathways to success. It might take one pupil a short period of time to redress the issues and move on quickly or it could take longer depending on the circumstances of the individual. Whatever the case, WSAPC will work with local schools and the local authority to support the child’s next steps in education. 

Subjects (Core)

All subjects follow the national curriculum at KS3 (as well as Step Up to English) plus the following accreditation is offered at KS4, chosen to recognise progress and success as well as equip pupils with the qualifications and skills to move on to other schools and establishments, as well as further education, training and work:





Computing (some centres)

PSHE & Preparation for Working Life

PE & Activities

Cook and Eat (link with SMEH)

Exam Results

Summary of Year 11 Attainment Outcomes 2017-18

A report on the outcomes from the last academic year will follow shortly.

Summary of Year 11 Attainment Outcomes 2016-17

This academic year has again seen our pupils building on the success of the previous cohort and attaining some good results. We are delighted to see that the percentage of pupils achieving at least a Level 1 qualification in both English and Maths has risen again this year (to 85%, having been only 49% in 2013-14). Maths and Science have seen increases in the number of pupils achieving 4/C and above at GCSE. The number of passes (9-1/A*-G) in Maths and Science have also increased.

Click here for a full report on our 2016/2017 examination outcomes.

Outcomes for students 2015/2016

Details can be found here.

Outcomes for students 2014/2015

Details can be found here.

Policies and Procedures

WSAPC has adopted all WSCC model policies for schools. Please click to view and download our Policies and Procedures, or contact the school office to obtain a hard copy from us.

Accessibility Policy
Administering Medicines Policy
Admission Policy
Adverse Weather Policy
Adverse Weather Protocol
Anti- Bullying Policy
Attendance Policy
Behaviour Policy
CCTV Policy
Charging and Remissions Policy
Child Protection Safeguarding Policy
Child Protection Notice
Children Looked After Policy
Community Cohesion Policy
Complaints Policy
Complaints Procedure Summary
Data Protection Policy
Education Entitlement Policy
Education Partnership Protocol
Equality & Diversity in Employment Policy
Examinations Policy
Exam Policy Appendix 1
Examinations Access Arrangements Policy
Exam Contingency Plan
Examinations Controlled Assessment (Including Risk Assessment) Policy
Examinations Disability Policy
Examinations Emergency Evacuation Policy
Examinations Internal Appeals Procedure- new draft
Examinations Non-examination Assessment Policy
Examinations Special Consideration Policy
Examinations Word Processor Policy
Freedom of Information Policy
Health and Safety Policy
Inclusion Policy
Lettings Policy
Local Offer 
Marking and Feedback Policy
Monitoring & Evaluation Policy 
Online Safety Policy
Positive Handling Policy
Positive Handling Policy- letter of instruction
Preventing Radicalisation and Extremism Policy
Privacy Notice Pupil
Provider Access Policy (draft)
Pupil Premium Policy
Sex and Relationships Education Policy
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Policy
Spiritual, Moral and Cultural Development
SEN Information Report
Spelling Policy
Teaching & Learning Policy
Uniform Policy
WSAPC Vision and Ethos

Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium is additional finance given to publicly funded schools in England, targeted specifically to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils to close the gap between them and their peers. The funding is allocated to educational establishments on the basis of children registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years, and for children who have been registered as being in care for 6 months or longer, or were adopted from care.


Pupil Premium 2018/19 Academic Year- Objectives (full report pending)

The focus of our spend this academic year remains raising academic progress across the core subjects and targeted support to improve attendance and engagement by:

  • small group learning
  • specialist TA support
  • counselling
  • cook and eat

Pupil Premium 2017/18 Academic Year

Details for the last academic year are published here.

Pupil Premium 2016/17 Academic Year

Details for the last academic year are published here.

Pupil Premium 2015/16 Academic Year

Please click on this link to access information regarding our use of Pupil Premium funding during the 2015/2016 academic year.



At WSAPC, we recognise that it is our statutory duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of our students and that they have a fundamental right to be protected from harm.

Although the school is not an investigative agency, we have an important role in all aspects of the welfare of our students. With our day-to-day contact with our young people during school term time we are particularly well placed to observe outward signs of abuse, changes in behaviour and signs of failure to thrive.

We are committed to safe recruitment and selection procedures to ensure that all staff and volunteers have been appropriately screened prior to appointment, and to the provision of appropriate child protection training through the staff induction programme and within continuing professional development opportunities. We are committed to regular training in this important area.

Our full Safeguarding Statement and Child Protection Policy is available under the policy section. We are committed to implementing this Policy, which follows the guidelines of the Local Safeguarding Children Boards of Brighton and Hove, East Sussex and West Sussex.

Please note that under GDPR, the new data protection regulations which came into force on 25th May 2018, our Data Protection Officer is Sam Channon, Business Manager. Please email any data protection queries or concerns to her at

Other policies and useful links are listed below:

Child Protection Safeguarding Policy

Data Protection Policy

Government publications on keeping children safe in education

Privacy Notice- Pupil

 Designated Members of Staff for Safeguarding Children

WSAPC has several Designated Teachers for Child Protection. They are available to provide advice, guidance and make decisions in respect of any child protection concerns.

23-506x476Doug Thomas – Head Teacher

Ben Thomas 6 Ben Thomas – Blended Learning, Worthing and Lancing, and Deputy Head

James WaltersJames Walters – Littlehampton

Jackie Clack – Chalkhill

Shaun Jarvis Shaun Jarvis- Crawley

Helen Ellis Helen Ellis – Inclusion, Chichester and Deputy Head

Ruth McDonaldRuth McDonald – Burgess Hill

E- Safety

WSAPC’s aim is to create a safe environment where individuals can both work and learn. WSAPC takes all E-Safety issues extremely seriously. If you have an E-Safety concern that you would like to report, concerning anything at home or school, then please contact the Head of Centre or Designated Safeguarding Lead immediately.

Sports Premium

The Department for Education’s Vision for the Primary PE and Sport Premium is that ALL pupils leaving primary school are physically literate and have the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy, active lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.

The key objectives for the use of the Sports Premium funding during the academic year 2018/2019 are coming here shortly.

Details for 2017/2018 academic year are published here.

Other documents-

2016/2017 academic year.

2015/2016 outline plan.

2015/2016 evaluation and plan.



Full details of our careers programme are coming soon.

Students can visit our ‘Pupils’ tab and ‘Careers Information’ to access some useful links for careers research.