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Coombe House School

Therapeutic, Academic and Vocational

The curriculum adopts a tri-partite approach: therapeutic, academic and vocational. It comprises a life skills rationale: the teaching of life skills is embedded across the curriculum and the school day, including during social times and in social settings.

The therapeutic strands are aimed at equipping pupils with skills to manage their own learning, behaviour, negative emotions that emerge from adverse and traumatic experiences.

The academic strands are aimed at enabling pupils to gain the knowledge, skills and understanding to progress academically. The intent in the first instance is to enable pupils to recover key skills lost through exclusions, rejections from schools, extended periods of non-attendance owing to anxiety and phobias etc.

The vocational strands are aimed at preparing pupils for the opportunities and experiences in later life. This includes preparing them for adulthood (PfA).