Education and curriculum

Our approach to education, what we teach and how students are assessed

At Craig y Parc School we want each child to develop the best possible skills for an independent life. This will be different for each young person, according to their abilities. We support each young person to reach their maximum level of independence, be it living independently and entering the world of work, or, through effective communication, developing their ability to make and communicate choices. Students therefore can take control of what they do and what happens to them.

Class sizes and support

In small class groups students access an appropriate curriculum facilitated by a trans-disciplinary team including a teacher, therapists, technologists, and trained Learning Support Assistants.

Some students are statemented for 2:1 or 1:1 support. In other cases the usual ration is 1:2 per student, higher where possible.

Other support staff

Each student has access to further support in the daily class routines through the involvement of residential care staff, and we encourage the cross-over of staff to underpin our commitment to the waking day curriculum.

Attendance at local colleges

As part of our commitment to integration, we encourage and support dual placements with local schools and colleges. The students who access these dual placements are supported 1:1 by a trained, experienced Learning Support Assistant from the school.

Our approach to education

Every student has access to a relevant curriculum which is customised according to their cognitive ability, physical presentation, sensory integration needs, and communication approach, and is appropriate for their age and learning style.

The individual learning needs of the young person are paramount, and we take a variety of approaches into consideration when planning each educational activity. These include conductive education, sensory and sensory-motor and communication.

To support learning, it's important that all our students’ needs are met, and that they remain comfortable and healthy. We have a child-centred, holistic approach to education, using multi-sensory methods and therapy throughout the school day.


The school teaches pupils across the five key stages:

  • Foundation - ages 3 to 5
  • KS1 - primary
  • KS2 - secondary
  • KS 3 - ages 14 to 16
  • Post 16

Students are grouped into classes as above, with due consideration given for their sensory integration and communication needs. Students who access a sensory led curriculum, concentrate on developing their cognitive and communication skills through theme-based sensory activities that are motivating, relevant and fun.

Other students access an adapted National Curriculum and some go on to study to gain GCSE and Entry Level qualifications.

Exams and assessments

All our students work towards appropriate skills qualifications which are recognised and accredited by the AQA Examining Board.

Each student is fully assessed on entry by a trans-disciplinary team and then continually reassessed throughout the academic year. Targets are set by the team,  and are supported by detailed methods and success criteria. These Individual Education Plans are agreed by parents and the young person where appropriate, and are revisited and updated at least three times a year.