"Quality of teaching: Outstanding"- Ofsted 2014

Students are taught in small classes by teachers with experience working with children with language difficulties. Adapted language and visual approaches are used so that children can understand and develop the language that they need for learning. Signs, gestures and kinaesthetic approaches can also support learning and development of vocabulary.

Speech and language therapists work closely with teachers to understand and support each child’s difficulties and strengths. Teachers plan and deliver some lessons collaboratively with Speech and language therapists, and work together to help students develop curriculum language.

With specialist teaching and integrated speech and language therapy, students who were struggling to learn in mainstream environments find that they can understand, see themselves making progress and enjoy learning. 

The curriculum
An adapted National Curriculum is taught at Moor House, with the core curriculum of English, Maths, Science and ICT being taught along with Geography, History, Art (including Pottery), Music, Design & Technology, Food Technology, PSHCE, P.E. and Religious Education. To find out what topics students are learning about this term, please click here.

Learning is tailored to the students’ strengths while helping them with areas of difficulty, and there is a particular emphasis on English, literacy, life skills and social skills.

At Key Stage 2 (ages 7-11 years) students are mainly taught by their class teacher. 

At Key Stages 3 and 4 (ages 11-16 years) students are taught by a wider range of teachers, including specialist subject teachers.

In Key Stage 4 students get to pick two 'option subjects' from a pool of six, and study these in addition to the core subjects; these option subjects are GCSE History, GCSE Design Technology, GCSE Art, GCSE Pottery, Entry Level Music and Level 1 Cooking.

Progress and Qualifications
Our results show that overall our students make excellent progress; furthermore, Ofsted has rated the quality of teaching and the progress at Moor House as Outstanding (2014). 

Students take qualifications that match with their skills and level of development. Many students take GCSE qualifications, which we offer in English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science, ICT, History, Fine Art and Pottery. We also offer Functional Skills qualifications in English and Maths, vocational qualifications such as Home Cooking Skills at Levels 1 and 2, the AQA Unit Award Scheme in Science, and Entry Level qualifications in subjects such as English, Maths, ICT, DT and Music.

More information on results and achievements can be found on our Achievement page.