Lower School is made up of EYFS and Primary classes. At Dorin Park, the Foundation Stage can be extended to the end of Year 1 and occasionally into Year 2 as many of our children are with us because of developmental delays and the Foundation Stage curriculum suits them better. Children move into Primary classes when they are developmentally ready to do so. Primary classes are grouped according to developmental level and need. Some classes are focused at KS1 or KS2; others have a needs focus such as physical/medical needs and may cross phases. All classes in Lower School follow the traditional primary model of being class-based.
Upper School is divided into three areas: KS3, KS4 and KS5. Classes in each key stage are mixed year as they are taught at similar developmental levels. Most classes are taught within the same key stages and operate on a high school model of specialist subjects taught by specialist teachers. A number of children join us from mainstream primaries for the start of Year 7. Some classes contain more than one key stage, such as KS4/5, as their qualifications spread over a number of years. There is no cap to the level of qualification that can be taken at Dorin Park up to KS4. Classes at Dorin Park can be entered for Entry level or GCSE or GCSE equivalents. Our most able learners with MLD then progress to college at the end of Year 11 or after a transition Year 12. Other learners can stay with us for a longer 6th form programme based around independent living skills.
All pupils at Dorin Park have a Flight Path, which is reviewed regularly and gives a long term goal for the pupil to aim for. In Upper School this is related to whether they are focusing on a work readiness pathway or an independent living pathway or one which focuses on maintaining skills for our learners with degenerative conditions. The Flight Path directs the curriculum structure and pupils can move between pathways where appropriate. We are very focused on achieving the best outcomes for our leavers in terms of their future life chances and where a student can go into employment or an FE course leading into employment, they will be thoroughly prepared for that. These learners continue to have a particularly high focus on literacy, numeracy and ICT skills through KS5. Our learners focusing on independent living have increased time on Life Skills as they move through the school and our learners with the most challenges follow a sensory curriculum to continue to stimulate their development.