Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4

Pupils in Key Stage 4 are taught by specialised Pathway 1 teachers in a class based model.  This  means that pupils are taught by their form tutor for the majority of the school day. Pupils have access to subject specific lessons including English, Maths, Science, ICT, Art and Performing Arts. Other subjects are taught through Theme Learning in a cross curricular, holistic style (PSHCE, Technology, RE, History, Geography). Pupils also have a Community Access lesson, where pupils learn the skills needed to be safe, such as crossing roads, social skills needed to purchase items from shops and cafes as well as enjoy the local area.

Pupils in Key Stage 4 begin to learn and apply life skills which will support them once they enter Key Stage 5. These include basic cooking, travelling safety and learning about healthy lifestyles.

Where appropriate, pupils will work towards the Maths Entry Level accreditation. Pupils also start the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme Bronze Award.  Pupils also have the opportunity to undertake a 5 day, 4 night residential trip with the school with a focus on life skills.

Developing pupils' speech and language is a key area. Teachers within Pathway 1 have had tailored training to support pupils in developing their speech and language.  The teachers in Pathway 1 also work closely with the therapy team ensuring that the sensory, physical and emotional needs are met.   We use Signalong, Colourful Semantics and symbols to support language development.

The whole of the Pathway 1 curriculum is focused on a spiral model, where skills are revisited and built upon. Each pupil works at the level suitable for them whilst always being encouraged to push themselves to experience and develop themselves.

Moving though the school, pupils will continue to add to their Individual Profile with certificates and awards they achieve. .  This builds up an overview of the pupils' achievements at Meadow which they then take with them when they move on from us.

Accreditation Overview  

Pupils in Key Stage 4 have the opportunity to work towards Entry Level Maths.

GCSE Maths
Functional Skills Maths Level 2
Functional Skills Maths  Level 1
Entry Level 3 Maths
Entry Level 2 Maths
Entry Level 1 Maths


Duke of Edinburgh Award 

Duke of Edinburgh is an international award for 14-24 year-old who can do a DofE programme at one of three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, leads to a Bronze, Silver then Gold. 

In Key Stage 4 we start on the Bronze level which consists of 4 components, Physical, Skill, Volunteering and an Expedition. They involve helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning and training for and completing an expedition. Once complete students will be offered a chance to obtain their Silver and subsequently their Gold in 6th form.

Any young person can do their DofE – regardless of ability, gender, background or location. Achieving an award is not a competition or about being first.  It is all about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries. It is hoped through our DofE programme the young people will have fun, make friends, improve their self-esteem and build confidence. We also aim for them to gain essential skills and attributes for adult life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive.

The Pathway One - Matrix is linked here.


Miss F Bonnar
Faculty Lead - Pathway 1