Curriculum

The Hooper Lane School

Short Stay School for Norfolk Curriculum Intent Statement

Our curriculum is organised in such a way that it provides pupils with the opportunities to experience success in their learning in line with our ethos, mission and aim: To Engage, Educate and Empower every young person that comes to our school.

Our pupils often arrive with a disjointed education. We aim to build on prior knowledge but also look to fill gaps in understanding to expand and ensure the growth and development of our pupil’s skills. To achieve this we work across key stages and have a cross curricular approach to learning.

Our curriculum provides pupils with opportunities to develop their social skills for learning and citizenship and offers a balance between core subjects and creative subjects to improve and develop levels of engagement and social skills as well as emotional and physical wellbeing. It is designed to prepare pupils for their onward educational journey and therefore aligns itself with mainstream subject offers.

We want our pupils to succeed and have opportunities to experience achievement. We do this through the variety of levels of qualifications and accreditations each subject offers. We have high aspirations and expectations for our learners, believing that individual circumstances do not limit opportunities of attainment.

We believe our curriculum develops confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives and can become responsible citizens who can make positive contributions to society.


The Engage Trust – Specialist Schools – Curriculum Intent Statement

At our Specialist Schools, the school curriculum reflects the ethos of our schools, incorporating the statutory National Curriculum, alongside other meaningful learning experiences and opportunities that are tailored to the individual learning, social, emotional and mental health needs of each child.

Every child is taught for up to 25 hours per week, they are offered a broad and balanced range of experiences that provide them with opportunities to learn and discover in many different ways. Planning focuses on engagement and differentiation and learning pathways are personalised according to individual strengths and needs.

Our curriculum is designed to recognise children’s prior learning experiences and is focused on improving the outcomes for our vulnerable learners. We provide first-hand learning experiences that allow our children to develop interpersonal skills and become creative and critical thinkers.

We celebrate and welcome diversity providing a safe base for our children to develop.

The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values with a vision to prepare for life beyond our schools.

We believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative, enquiring time in our lives without limits to curiosity.

The systemic involvement of those around our children is an integral part of our curriculum and in support of this we invite families and visitors to facilitate our children’s learning and share experiences, such as assemblies, curriculum focus and specific family days.

Children leave our schools with a sense of belonging, to a tightknit community, where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions to self-evaluate, make connections and become lifelong learners.

At Engage Trust Specialist Schools, the school curriculum reflects the ethos of our schools incorporating a statutory National Curriculum alongside other meaningful learning experiences and opportunities, which are tailored to the individual learning, social, emotional and mental health needs of each child. We aim to provide a dynamic curriculum that is flexible and evolving and that is responsive to the unique characteristics, strengths and changing circumstances of the children that we work with.


Should you require any further information on the curriculum that your child is following, please contact their school in the first instance.