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Upper School

The Upper School is based at our Undershaw site which provides the latest classroom facilities with interactive whiteboards, WiFi, laptops for all students; specialist teaching areas for science, art, music, drama;  therapy facilities for sensory integration and physiotherapy, 1:1 therapy rooms and independent living skills area; student facilities including  library, canteen, social area, hydro pool, large grounds and multi-use games area;

The focus in the Upper School is personal realisation and skills for the future:

  • Learning to me and becoming a self-confident learner for life
  • Following accreditation pathways
  • Stepping into work placements and community settings


Teaching moves to subject specialisms in the Upper School with access to state-of-the-art facilities at Undershaw. There is also an enhanced provision of alternative therapies to meet personal need above the standard therapy input of speech, occupational and physiotherapy. 

We have a focused programme of work placements and social enterprise schemes for students as they start to plan for their future.  There are also many opportunities to  engage in community events with local residents, interest groups, schools and businesses as well as those that are led by the school.

Students are offered enrichment sessions and extra-curricular options to extend their horizons and we offer an annual residential trip.

Our Approach

As students move up from the Lower School they are admitted to the Transition Class.  This class groups continues to work on a form-based curriculum as students ease into the secondary setting.  The overall Upper School ethos is that of any secondary school – increasing independence, responsibility for your own learning and specialist teaching to gain qualifications.   

At Year 9 students are offered options in their studies including: History, Geography, Media, Music, PE and Art.  These are offered alongside the core subjects of English, Maths, IT, Science and PSHE.  Students often follow differing levels of study across the curriculum in relation to their strengths and abilities.  We are able to offer an individual approach to meet the needs of each student.

Work experience and career planning for the future become a focus as we begin to focus on their next step in life.  This may be a move back into mainstream education, college or into an apprenticeship or work.