Our Curriculum

Many of our students have significant gaps in their knowledge and skills because of their previous educational experiences. We provide a robust curriculum that ensures pupils are taught in age-appropriate groups, but with high levels of support to meet gaps in learning and changing needs over time.

therapeutic support

Primary Curriculum

Our primary curriculum is heavily based in the outdoors, exploring nature and our surroundings. Pupils are supported by a high ratio of specially skilled practitioners including teachers, forest school leaders, trauma informed schools practitioners, ELSA, speech and language therapists, and occupational therapists.

The curriculum is thematic and pupils interests feature heavily in their own learning.

academic learning

KS3 Curriculum

Our KS3 curriculum builds on the robust primary curriculum. Pupils new to the school are supported to address any gaps in learning by our accelerated learning programme where pupils are assessed, identified and individual targets are set.

The curriculum remains thematic but is flexible to allow for AIM qualifications and preparations for GCSEs.

vocational learning

KS4 Curriculum

Pupils have the opportunity to study towards AIM qualifications, functional skills and GCSEs all tailored to their individual needs and choices. We use subject specialist tutors to ensure a breadth of subject choices are available to our pupils.


The Stable School offer a wide range of accredited vocational courses to meet the interests and needs of our students. The courses have a strong emphasis on the development of practical skills. The students choose their courses, along with GCSE options, as part of the Key Stage 4 Options process during the summer term of Yr. 9 and Yr. 10 ready to begin in the following September.

The courses range from Entry 3 through to Level 2 (equivalent to a GCSE) and can be completed across one or two years.

The students work on completing components which are assessed throughout the course. Teachers provide continuous feedback to the students so they know how they are doing and can evaluate their own progress. The evidence gathered is then externally verified.

The vocational courses are designed to provide a smooth progression on to post-16 college vocational courses or onto apprenticeships.


Personal, social, health and economic education is vital to our pupils’ success and well-being. As well as being a trauma informed school, our PSHE programme is devised by Brooke and based on trauma informed principles. It is taught discreetly by our specialist practitioners.  We encourage pupils to discuss and debate challenging topics whilst being respectful of each other’s opinions.

We take a 1:1 approach to teaching sex and relationships due to past traumas of some of our pupils. We work closely with our safer school police link to ensure that we educate pupils on local issues including county lines, knife crime and how to stay safe online.


The link between being physically active and the impact on mental wellbeing is well researched and documented and as such sport and physical activity is a high priority at The Stable school. Pupils have the opportunity to surf, box, ski, paddleboard, horse ride, rock climb as well as regular formal PE sessions mirroring the national curriculum.

We have trained mountain bike instructors on our teaching team who combine mountain biking with ELSA sessions.

We also encourage walking on the neighbouring St Catherine’s hill nature reserve as both a form of exercise and mental well-being focus. We offer an after-school football club and have a school football team.

School Calendar


Half Term – 23rd October 2023 – 27th October 2023


Christmas Holidays! 11th December 2023 – 01st January 2024