Beyond Learning at MTS

We recognise and value the potential in all of our students and only model ‘can-do’ attitudes.

We strive to develop the whole learner, beyond their academic achievement alone. Caring for and preparing our young people to lead and maintain healthy lifestyles and attitudes is at the forefront of what we do. We go beyond learning, in order for all of our students to become confident with their place in the world of education; work; society; family; community and beyond through a rigorous and bespoke learning and transition programme.

We welcome our learners into MTS with a carefully designed and supportive curriculum that will enable their academic achievement now, whilst simultaneously facilitating our young people in developing the life skills they’ll need to become independent, well-rounded, happy, healthy and successful individuals in the future.

The MTS Curriculum and Therapeutic Model is one that offers breadth, accessibility and depth, and simultaneously supports the life skills our students need for future transitions. During Admission Meeting Two, we identify need and then design a blended programme of study which combines the learning and skills needed for those successful transitions.

At MTS we are very proud of our blended therapeutic and academic offer, which can be tailored to the individual needs of each student.

We ask that on arrival, whenever is appropriate, all students sit an online Maths and English baseline assessment alongside a Reading and Spelling literacy assessment. This gives staff up-to-date information of the strengths and weaknesses of each student. Students arrive at different times throughout the school year and from different settings, so are very likely to have different needs from others. Within the PSHE and Personal Development curriculum, students will also access a Boxall Profile which gives a measure of their current state of mental health.

In KS4 the GCSE subjects are:

  • GCSE English Language and/or Literature
  • GCSE maths
  • GCSE science (double award)
  • GCSE art and design (potentially 2 GCSEs chosen from 6 options depending on the time available)
  • GCSE Citizenship
  • GCSE Food and Nutrition

Where appropriate, GCSEs can be offered at Higher and Foundation tiers and English, maths and science can also be offered to students at Entry Level or Functional Skills. Additionally, GCSE Statistics and GCSE Further Maths may also be available if appropriate.

In addition to the main core subjects, students have to opportunity to study and gain:

  • AQA Unit Awards in a wide range of interesting topics
  • Basic Food Hygiene Certificate
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Styles award
  • The Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award

PE is not currently an examination subject, but enjoyed by students in mixed year-group lessons.
At KS3, there is the opportunity to study computing, humanities and the LAMDA creative arts award.