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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.
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 6 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.
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:
- AQA GCSE Maths http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/mathematics/gcse/mathematics-8300
- Edexcel Functional Skills Levels 1 and 2 https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-functional-skills/Maths.html
- Eduqas English GCSE http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/english-language/gcse/
- Edexcel Functional Skills Levels 1 and 2 https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-functional-skills/English.html
- leading off Step Up to English (KS3) http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/elc/step-up-to-english-5970
- Arts Award http://www.artsaward.org.uk/site/?id=64
Computing (some centres)
- OCR ICT Functional Skills http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/functional-skills-ict-level-1-09876/
- NCFE Level 2 Graphic Design https://www.ncfe.org.uk/qualification-search/ncfe-level-2-certificate-in-creative-studiesgraphic-design-4414.aspx
PSHE & Preparation for Working Life
- AQA PSE http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/work-and-life-skills/qcf-award-and-certificate/personal-and-social-education-5800
- AQA Preparation for Working Life http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/work-and-life-skills/aqa-certificate/preparation-for-working-life-short-course-4800
PE & Activities
- Sports Leadership Award https://www.sportsleaders.org/courses/qualifications/qualifications/
- AQA GCSE PE http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/physical-education/gcse/physical-education-8582
Cook and Eat (link with SMEH)
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.
Please click to view and download our latest Governors’ Reports.
Governors’ Report 17th May 2017
Governors’ Report 27th March 2017
Governors’ Extra Report 15th February 2017
Governors’ Report 23rd November 2016
Governors’ Report 19th September 2016
Governors’ Report 27th June 2016
Governors’ Report 21st March 2016
Governors’ Report 23rd November 2015
Governors’ Report 21st September 2015
Governors’ Report 16th March 2015
Governors’ Report 19th November 2014
Governors’ Report 16th July 2014
Governors’ Report 12th February 2014
Governors’ Report 11th December 2013
Governors’ Report 27th October 2013
Policies and Procedures
WSAPC has adopted all WSCC model policies for schools. Please click to view and download our Policies and Procedures.
Adverse Weather Policy
Adverse Weather Protocol
Child Protection Policy
Child Protection Notice
Child Protection Poster
Child Protection Procedure Notice Outline
Children Looked After Policy
Community Cohesion Policy
Data Protection Policy Statement
Education Entitlement Policy
Education Partnership Protocol
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
Exams Non-examination Assessment Policy
Examinations Special Consideration Policy
Examinations Word processor policy
Freedom of Information Policy
Health and Safety Policy
Managing Medicines in School
Marking and Feedback Policy
Monitoring & Evaluation Policy
Preventing Radicalisation and Extremism
Privacy Notice Pupil
Pupil Premium Policy
Sex and Relationships Education Policy
Special Educational Needs Policy
Spiritual, Moral and Cultural Development
SEN Information Report
Teaching & Learning Policy
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 2016/17 Academic Year
Details for the last academic year will be published here shortly.
Pupil Premium 2015/16 Academic Year
Please click on this link to access up to date information regarding our use of Pupil Premium funding.
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.
Other policies and useful links are listed below:
Designated Members of Staff for Safeguarding Children
WSAPC has ten Designated Teachers for Child Protection. They are available to provide advice, guidance and make decisions in respect of any child protection concerns.
Rowan McConnell – Beechfield and Crawley
Ben Thomas – Blended Learning
Cathy Meyer – Burgess Hill
Shaun Jarvis – Chalkhill and Littlehampton
Deborah Johnson-Cadwell – Chichester
Helen Ellis – Inclusion
Ruth McDonald – Lancing and Worthing
Lois Hook – SENCO (South)
Susie Tichband – SENCO (North)
Doug Thomas – Head Teacher
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.
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.
Our outline plan for the use of tranche one of the Sports Premium funding during the academic year 2015/2016 can be found here.
Details for 2016/2017 academic year will be published here shortly.