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What does your child learn at school each day? Please find above our Spring Timetable for 2016-17.


Functional Skills English and Maths

"Functional Skills are the fundamental, applied skills ... which help people to gain the most from life, learning and work".  Ofqual (2012), Criteria for Functional Skills Qualifications.  Students can study at levels Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3, Level 1 or Level 2 according to their individual needs.


Functional Skills English

There are three components to this qualification and students will need to pass all of them to achieve their certificate.  The components are Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing.  They will be required to take part in group discussion, analyse a situation, answer questions to show understanding and then write a response which could be in the form of a formal letter, informal letter or email.  At all times appropriate language, spelling, punctuation and grammar are needed.


Functional Skills Maths

This qualification includes number, measure, shape and space, and data handling.  Problem solving is a big part of Functional Maths so students will be supported to analyse the situation, perform some calculations and then interpret the result.  Checking that the answers are sensible, and showing those checks, are key parts of Functional Maths.


GCSE English should enable students to:

  • read a wide range of text, fluently and with good understanding
  • read critically, and use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing
  • write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately
  • use grammar correctly, punctuate and spell accurately
  • acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • listen to and understand spoken language, and use spoken Standard English effectively


GCSE Maths should enable students to:

  • develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts
  • acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems
  • reading mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions
  • comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context