Our Curriculum

At Preston Bridge School, we celebrate our unique curriculum approach, ‘Percept Based Therapeutic Learning’, an approach where students are provided the liberty to explore their own passions while learning the key skills for independence.

The overall intent of the curriculum at Preston Bridge School is help students find a sense of self-fulfilment by identifying that sweet spot where their natural talents meet their personal passions. We have broken down this overall intention into a three-stage transition process which we call ‘Bridging the Gap’:

  1. Overcoming Barriers to Learning
  2. Becoming Skilled and
  3. Contributing to Community

Throughout each student’s curricula there is a combination of discrete and project-based learning, which embeds aspects of the national curriculum aims of literacy, numeracy, ICT, PSHE and SRE throughout the planned activities and programmes of study.

As students apply their discrete learning to their project development, Preston Bridge School aims to provide excellent resourcing to all project development.

Preston Bridge Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) Statement

The DfE Guidance 2019 integrates Relationships and Sex Education at secondary school level. Most of the DfE outcomes relating to Sex Education sit withing the ‘Intimate and sexual relationships, including sexual health’ section of the guidance and include aspects like:

·        the facts about reproductive health…

·        the facts about the full range of contraceptive choices …

·        how the different sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV/AIDS, are transmitted…

·        how to get further advice…

·        consent and the law

DfE Guidance page29.

At Preston Bridge School we agree with the Sex Education Forum definition of Sex Education (as above).

Our PSHE Programme also reflects this, making it possible for us to identify which lessons  specifically address these aspects of learning, thereby making it straightforward for us to communicate this to parents/carers in relation to their right to request to withdraw their children from Sex Education. 

Parents/carers have the right to request that their child be withdrawn from some or all of sex education delivered as part of statutory RSE. Except in exceptional circumstances, the school could respect the parent/carers’ request to withdraw the child, up to and until three terms before the child turns 16. After that point, if the child wishes to receive sex education rather than be withdrawn, the school could make arrangements to provide the child with sex education during one of those Terms”.

DfE Guidance pages 17/18.

Should parents wish to discuss withdrawing their child from Sex Education, they are advised request a meeting with a senior member of the school staff.