Mayfield School - SEN Physical & Sensory Specialist School

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19th September 17
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Planets Department

Students in Planets 1 and 2 will study and collect a portfolio towards completing ASDAN Transition Challenge.   Students with more complex needs have the option to follow a sensory Transition Challenge to complete the award.
KS4 students will now be offered 2 ASDAN short courses. History will be offered in year 1 and Geography in year 2. This will dovetail the ASDAN programme in KS5 and the National Curriculum in KS4.  
Key Stage 4 will combine with KS5 to deliver a wider range of English and Maths including now offering high achieving students the chance to gain accreditation in these two subjects.
Those students who are not identified as achieving at this level, will study key learning block in English and Maths following the National Curriculum and Key Stage 4 texts.

Keystage 4 curriculum is based on different termly themes - Autumn Term - Human Landscape, Spring Term - World at War, Summer Term - How Things Work.

Students in Planets 3, 4 and 5 work towards the ASDAN (Awards Scheme Development and Accreditation Network) gaining Certification in Towards Independence, Personal Development Programmes and Employability.  These accrediations develop independent living skills and include subjects such as dealing with problems in daily life, developing self, using technology, personal safety, environmental awareness, leisure time, healthy living, action in the community, individual rights and responsibilities, managing own money and preparation for work.  Students are taught how to function withing our school community and also within the wider community.  These are accredited certificated which can be built upon in future educational facilities.  Alongside this, some students will work towards additional functional skills qualifications.

We work collaboratively with a range of other providers in West Cumbria as part of Foundation Learning.  This increases inclusive opportunities for personalised learning.  For example one of our students attended St Benedict's School and successfully achieved GCSE Art and anther student is currently attending KS4 science lessons.  Four of our students attend Prism Arts at Distington School and many of our 6th formers go out regularly on Work Experience.

Vocational Education


The students participate in Vocational Education each Friday morning.  The students have played a key role in choosing which subjects they would like the staff to offer and they choose accordingly.  This has always proved very popular and the modules on offer have included first aid, multi skills, constructon, cookery, dance and science.  This year the choices include cheerleading, soundwave, golf, horticulture and we will be continuing with Enterprise and Hayton Castle.

All students in the department have access to specialist facilities and teaching at the Lakes College and this year the students will be able to choose to study from the followng subjects in a five week block: Catering, Construction, Hair and Beauty, Art, Engineering and Sport.  These are wonderful opportunities for our students to experience college life and make informed decisions about their future.

Physical Education


PE takes place each Wednesday for all students in the Planets department.   PE  involves a variety of activities including swimming, hydrotherapy, boxing, boccia, rugby, gym work, racket sports and yoga.  Students are streamed in groups for this working with staff and students from across the department.  

As well as the excellent school facilities such as the multi gym, trampoline, sensory studio and hydrotherapy pool we are also able to access community facilities such as the Mirehouse Boxing Club, St Bees Pool, Whitehaven Sports Centre and Workington Leisure Centre.

We regularly enter boccia and football teams in district and county events.  Last year our boccia team represented Cumbria in the Northern England Boccia Competiton.  Our football team have been past winners of the county inclusion competition.

Last year for the first time ever, Mayfield School had four teams representing Copeland in the School Games Finals at Carlisle in Boccia, Table Cricket, Table Tennis and Football.

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme


Students in KS4 will study for their Duke of Edinburgh beginning initially with the bronze award.  There is scope for student to progress to Silver and then Gold.  At Mayfield we have chosen the DofE as an apporptiate qualification because of its fully inclusive nature.

Each level covers 4 section:

  • Volunteering - Volunteering is all about making a difference to other people's lives.  Pupils could be interested in animals or conservation? Or might like to work with older people or raise money for a cause that means a lot to them? From teaching children cyber safety to starting a local recycling campaign the Volunteering section of Dof E enables pupils to give their time to help others and change things for the better.
  • Physical - The Physical section is a chance to focus on health and fitness and have fun along the way.  As long as pupils pick something that requires a sustained level of energy and physical activity, the possibilities are endless.

Pupils could improve football, rock climbing or dance skills or try a completely new sport or activity.  You don't have to be super fit or world class - with DofE, its about setting your own challenges, giving 100% and being the very best you can be.

  • Skill - The Skills section is about discovering what pupils are really good at.  Maybethey want to get better at somethin they already do, like playing a musical instrument, or learn something for the very first time, like how to design a website?

By developing practical and social skills and nurturing personal interest and talents boosts self-esteem.

  • Expedition - As part of a small team, pupils will plan and complete a practice and final expedition that will truly stretch their horizons.  They will improve communication and leadership skills and take a rucksack full of memories home with them.



Independent Living Skills


We are fortunate to have access to Haven House for two days each week.  This is a fantastic resource, based on the Whitehaven Academy site, which is a purpose built home environment.

This is used by Planets Department students, to enable them to develop their indepedent living skills in a real setting.  It is an excellent opportuinity to enhance and extend the curriculum give our young people the opportunity to prepare them for life long learning.

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