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A Curriculum for Independent and Successful Futures



Over the past 18 months, senior leaders have consulted with staff members, members of the governing body, (pupils and parents) to establish a shared view of curriculum intent that we collectively believe will provide the highest quality of education for the pupils and students of Fairmead School.

 As a staff team and as a school community our core responsibility is to prepare all young people for aspirational, successful and independent futures.  It is upon this solid foundation that we have constructed a curriculum that enables young people to take responsibility, show empathy and respect, develop confidence, and empowers them to realise a strong vision for their own futures. 


At the heart of our curriculum is Independence for Adulthood.  In order to achieve this our community has identified 4 pillars:



Building from this foundation, the picture emerging from our review of our curriculum is best summarised in the following diagram which we describe as our Curriculum Building Blocks.  This is best viewed from base upwards and outlines how the four pillars influence core principles of delivery, the basis for our assessment framework and how this all ties in to our intended outcomes:


We aspire to provide first hand learning experiences that allow pupils and students to build personal skills and resilience.  Experiential and purposeful curriculum approaches allow our young people to make meaningful links with their learning that are enriched by the local context and setting:

In offering a cohesive curriculum, these experiences tie in closely with our subject based provision, the philosophy for which is built upon the key question: what do our children need to know and what skills do they need to develop and what tools do they need to master in order to be prepared for a happy and successful life beyond Fairmead?  Please use the interactive tool below to see how the design and intent for learning in each subject area contributes to this big picture thinking: