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.

 

Curriculum

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 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. 

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:

Maths

English

Science

Art

Computing (some centres)

PSHE & Preparation for Working Life

PE & Activities

Cook and Eat (link with SMEH)

Exam Results

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.

OFSTED Reports

Please click to view and download our latest OFSTED Reports.

WSAPC Ofsted Inspection Report July 2014
Chalkhill Ofsted Report Nov 12

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 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.

 

Safeguarding

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:

Child Protection Safeguarding Policy Statement

Child Protection Policy

Government publications on keeping children safe in education

 

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

 

Rowan McConnell – Beechfield and Crawley

Ben ThomasBen Thomas – Blended Learning

18-506x476Cathy Meyer – Burgess Hill

Shaun JarvisShaun Jarvis – Chalkhill and Littlehampton

Debs Johnson- CadwellDeborah Johnson-Cadwell – Chichester

Helen EllisHelen Ellis – Inclusion

Ruth McDonaldRuth McDonald – Lancing and Worthing

Lois HookLois Hook – SENCO (South)

Susie TichbandSusie Tichband – SENCO (North)

23-506x476Doug Thomas – Head Teacher

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.

Our outline plan for the use of tranche one of the Sports Premium funding during the academic year 2015/2016 can be found here.

Additionally, an evaluation of the use of tranche one of the funding, plus our outline plan for the use of tranche two of the funding can be found here.

Details for 2016/2017 academic year will be published here shortly.