The Ladder School curriculum will be structured to develop students’ academic ability, technical vocational skills, and attitudes and behaviours in readiness for the world of work in the 21st century.

High quality outstanding teaching, and clear and consistent guidance and support will support students to succeed. Students will gain a range of accredited qualifications as well as educational and social experiences, which will address their learning and emotional needs (including SEND and Mental Heath support). All students will complete traditional GCSE qualifications in the core academic subjects and GCSE equivalent technical qualifications in one or more vocational subjects.

We set high expectations and challenge all students to become independent learners who can take responsibility for their own work. Our curriculum design ensures that all students are exposed to depth and breadth of experience and expertise and the development of multiple skills and intelligences.

  • English
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Numeracy
  • Science
  • ICT/Digital
  • PE
  • Work Skills Development

A series of GCSE-equivalent technical subject options will be offered, as appropriate in the following sector areas;

  • Creative Industries
  • Business Studies
  • Health and Social Care
  • Construction
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Catering

All students are expected to leave the Ladder School having completed GCSEs in Maths and English and at least 3 other qualifications. All students leaving the Ladder School will progress onto further study or directly into work.

Curriculum Enrichment

We expect that all students enrich their learning beyond the classroom. The school has a wide range of extra-curricular activities. These extend students learning and social experiences and are linked to work done in the classroom. Most importantly employers are significant adults in the lives of students at the Ladder School and their input shapes both the school’s curriculum and the bespoke experiences of each individual student.

Careers Guidance

In addition to the work with employers embedded in the school’s curriculum all students engage in a wide range of work related activities including work experience, industry days and mock interviews.  As part of this each student receives a one to one consultation with an experienced independent professional from the business world who can give expert advice on each student’s CV, personal statement and personal presentation skills.