To find out about our curriculum at The Coppice Academy we have produced a booklet which outlines each course we offer.

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At The Coppice Academy we have designed a broad, balanced, and challenging curriculum that is tailored towards each student’s individual need, incorporating:

  • Social and emotional support
  • Building of confidence and self-belief
  • Rigorous academic progress where appropriate
  • Development of life skills
  • Support from specialist therapists

Our curriculum is intended to prepare our students for their future, by helping them to seize the opportunities and experiences that will enrich their lives and enable them to take on responsibilities both at the Coppice and beyond.

Our curriculum acknowledges that all of our students are unique and come to us with their own starting point; students are able to achieve as individuals with their own personal targets.  

Students’ emotional well-being and mental health is at the heart of the curriculum, with Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) & Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) delivered in stand-alone weekly lessons, as well as being incorporated within other subject areas. PSHE provides students with the knowledge, skills and understanding to lead confident, healthy, and independent lives.  Students also engage in a range of tasks during tutor time to support their social, emotional and mental health. 

We deliver life skills lessons in both key stages; our students benefit greatly from learning skills that are linked to real-life situations, and such lessons help to prepare them for adulthood.  Where appropriate, we work alongside families to ensure that students are taught these skills in a bespoke manner.

The Academy provides every student with an iPad that they use in school.  They take their device to every lesson where they are used for starter quiz activities, research tasks, plenaries and individualised learning via platforms such as Lexia, Core 5 and MyMaths.

Students are supported during the school day by holistic therapeutic interventions where appropriate; these may be as explicit as the provision of a sensory diet, or implicit in the implementation of a lesson. This provision can also be supported by external professionals.

Students receive a high-quality teaching and learning experience delivered by staff who are highly skilled in supporting students to overcome their barriers to learning.  Staff adopt a ‘can do’ rationale in their lessons, differentiating work appropriately so that students can achieve and reach their potential.  Staff strive to build students’ confidence, applauding success at all levels, and developing our students into rounded citizens of the future who are able to make a valuable contribution to both the school and the wider community.

At the Coppice we have subject specific classrooms for Science, Food Technology, Computing, Art, Music and Resistant Materials, enabling students to take part in practical lessons where they can learn by doing. By offering practical lessons we can offer a full complement of subjects that reflect the breadth of the national curriculum, whilst ensuring that positive relationships and pastoral support underpin everything that happens in a student’s learning journey.

Curriculum principles

Our curriculum at all stages will give students the opportunity to

  • experience a board and balanced curriculum.
  • follow flexible pathways that are challenging and inspiring.
  • progress through a framework that understands different learning styles
  • develop new skills through a variety of stimulating situations.
  • demonstrate and develop their creativity.
  • identify clear links between different areas of their learning.
  • develop passions and interests which inform possible future pathways
  • develop life skills in a bespoke and personalised way
  • access all learning through personalised specialist therapeutic support where appropriate


Throughout all key stages at The Coppice academy, our curriculum will give students the opportunity to:

  • explore and experience beliefs and faiths, feelings, and values; enjoy learning about their self, others, and the surrounding world.
  • understand right and wrong and respect the law and the consequences of non-compliance.  
  • investigate moral and ethical issues and offer reasoned views.
  • use a range of social skills to participate in the school community and beyond.
  • appreciate diverse viewpoints;
  • appreciate cultural influences.
  • appreciate fundamental British values
  • be part of an academy where everyone has a role to play.
  • learn that all people and institutions are subject to and accountable for their actions and behaviour.
  • be free and safe to express views or ideas.
  • respect and tolerate the opinions or behaviour of others.

Wellbeing throughout the curriculum

Our curriculum will teach students to:

  • recognise that people are good at different things.
  • build and maintain respectful friendships.
  • develop self-esteem and confidence in their own abilities.
  • accept support to help them learn.
  • self-regulate themselves when they become heightened
  • support others in the school and wider community

Student Council

The student Council is made up of students from each tutor group who have been nominated by their peers in their tutor group to represent them in a monthly meeting.  The meetings provide enable students to participate in, contribute to and influence school decisions and school improvement. We recognise that some students have difficulties with expressing their opinions and therefore, we use creative and personalised ways to ascertain students’ feeling about things and their recommendations for making their experience even better.

Cultural capital and Enrichment Curriculum

Cultural and enrichment activities are woven into the fabric of everything we do at the Coppice. Enrichment activities enhance learning; it is these rich experiences that make learning memorable. By ensuring that these offers are within our school day, we can ensure that all learners can access all opportunities. Through this, they can begin to learn about themselves, and their interests.

Cultural capital & Enrichment  activities are embedded in our curriculum by:

  • holding specialist curriculum days or weeks
  • welcoming families or carers to take part in students’ learning, experiences, and celebrations.
  • using quality resources in and out of the classroom.
  • developing partnerships with external providers that extend students’ opportunities.
  • providing opportunities for students to learn outdoors.
  • providing on and off-site subject or topic related activities.
  • giving students access to technology as part of their learning

Please click here for Curriculum Intent Statements

Please click here for English Progression Pathways

Please click here for English Curriculum Overview 

Please click here for Reading            

Please click here for Maths Curriculum Overview

Please click here for our Aspire (PSHE) Curriculum

Please click here for our PSHE/RSE Curriculum Overview

Please click here for Science Overview of Curriculum Plan

Please click here for Music Curriculum Overview