Welcome to the Mountains Department and our fantastic new school. Our department is situated on the first floor of the school and consists of seven classes ranging from year 7 to year 14, at this moment in time we have 67 students in the department.
The two classes in KS3 follow the National Curriculum, whilst the two classes in KS4 also follow the National Curriculum they also incorporate some elements of the Asdan curriculum in the shape of Geography and History modules alongside Transition Challenge. Both key stages stream for literacy and numeracy.
PE for KS3 and 4 takes place on a Wednesday morning and involves groups experiencing swimming, fitness and gym work, hydrotherapy, sensory sessions along with a variety of PE modules including ball skills, dance, net and wall games and athletics. Being able to access our new pool and hall along with the added amazing sports facilities shared with St Benedict’s will ensure our PE provision is enhanced even more than before and allow the students to stay on-site and ensure more focused time for PE lessons.
The sixth form students undertake a very life skills-based curriculum provided through Asdan. This delivers a varied and comprehensive array of modules ranging from Sensory, Towards Independence and Personal Development Programme Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. Alongside Asdan there is a functional skills based English and Literacy element provided by Open Awards. The new life skills flat provides a brilliant base for students to carry out key life skills awards and enabling them to practice those important self help activities such as cooking, personal hygiene, house chores etc.
Like Key Stages 3 and 4 the sixth form take part in a variety of similar PE activities but which also includes boxing fitness training at a local boxing club and Athletics at Copeland Athletics Stadium. We also have use of the fantastic PE facilities within the Campus which will enhance the PE experiences for all our students.
The addition of bespoke science, art/design technology and larger food technology rooms allow classes to undertake those specific subjects within a much more focused environment. The new library situated in the department has created a perfect place for students to increase their love of reading and research.
The common room provides a fabulous social area where students can play pool, table football, play on the play station, Wii, watch TV, make snacks, catch up with their friends, or just chill on the sofas or relaxation chairs.
This is such an exciting time for students in Mountains department and our new campus and it is so great to see that they have embraced the move and are thriving.