Curriculum - Summerdown School

Summerdown School will follow the National Curriculum, differentiated to meet the needs of pupils/students with autism. Alongside conventional subjects, Summerdown will include thinking skills and social skills in its’ taught subjects.

All subjects in the  curriculum will focus on :

  • Communication
  • Independence
  • Developing relationships
  • Participating in a wide range of activities
  • Structured teaching

All aspects of school life, from the moment of arrival to the end of the day will be structured to provide the best possible outcomes for pupils/students with autism. 

There will be a rich work related learning programme in all key stages with plentiful opportunities for work place visits and work experience placements at key stage 4. A wide range of accreditation will be offered including vocational and personal development based qualifications.

The school’s ethos and practices will be based on the UNICEF Rights of the Child, equality, diversity and inclusion.

Curriculum Focus & Quality Mark Links

Curriculum Overview

Careers Education

Cultural Capital 


Politics & Political Impartiality

Relationships & Health Education (RHE: Primary)

Relationships, Sex & Health Education (RSHE: Secondary)

Relationships, Sex & Health Education (RSHE: Secondary)

RE Key Stage 3


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