National Curriculum subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, Humanities, PSHE, Citizenship, Art and Design, Design and Technology (including Food Technology), Music and Sport are all offered at Key Stage Two and Three and take into account the Programmes of Study for each subject. Opportunities are offered within the curriculum to study other cultures and a modern foreign language. These subjects are also offered at Key Stage Four.

Literacy and Numeracy

Emphasis is put on encouraging and furthering literacy and numeracy skills through individualised programmes. Our Speech and Language Therapist assesses our students thoroughly and personalises individual programmes for each students needs. Students with social communication difficulties follow a SULP programme tailored to meet their needs; this will be discrete sessions and is also integral to the work we do across all areas of the curriculum.

Vocational Learning

We have found that many young people who have previously encountered problems at school are often motivated by a vocationally based day. Thus the curriculum offered to students includes work related learning which incorporates Agriculture/Horticulture, Equine Studies, Small Animal and Pet Care, Painting and Decorating and Construction, Art and Design, Video Production, Graphic Design, Digital Photography, Catering, Woodwork and Life-skills.

Land Based and Equine Studies

Students have the opportunity to work outdoors and interact with nature. This can be a small part of their curriculum or can be a basis for a sensory need, offer therapeutic input and teach the students empathy and the need for boundaries and structure when working interacting with the animals. Students of all ages can take horse riding lessons, adopt a rabbit or feed the chickens. This has proven to be a popular area of our curriculum where most students thrive in the calm of the outdoors and the communication with animals.

Sport and outdoor learning

Sport is a key part of our weekly timetable offering badminton, table tennis, football, gymnastics, rounders, swimming and trampoline skills. Promoting team building, social interaction and the raising of self-esteem is key. We also have various outdoor activities and trips. These include swimming, indoor football, volleyball, hiking, camping, dry-skiing, orienteering, and fishing.

Forest School

Forest School now plays a key part in our curriculum and all students benefit immensely from this holisitic approach to independent learning skills, building self-esteem and confidence and social communication skills.

Students are encouraged to continue learning these skills at college or in an organised apprenticeship.

Throughout the day, the notions embedded in the National Curriculum plans for Citizenship and personal social and health education are pursued.


We believe that it is important that students follow a broad, balanced and coherent curriculum and one that is relevant to their needs, abilities and learning styles. The curriculum provided at Headstart School is part of the range of strategies used to raise the expectations and aspirations of pupils.


Headstart School offers a wide range of accredited qualifications including GCSE’s, Btec’s, Entry Level qualifications and Certificates, AS and A levels. However, we always seek to provide pathways for our students that will provide the greatest outcomes for them and will therefore make all efforts to provide a qualification that suits particular student’s needs.