At PCA our curriculum enables pupils to grow, learn and achieve in preparation for adult life. All pupils access a broad and balanced curriculum, which is designed to meet their needs and stage of development. Pupils at PCA are challenged to achieve the very best they can and their progress is rigorously tracked and celebrated.

The PCA offer combines an 'Academic' and an 'Aspirations for Adulthood' curriculum. This combined offer aims to enable our pupils to become: -

  • Successful learners
  • Resilient individuals
  • Responsible citizens

PCA Curriculum Model

Academic Curriculum (Formal)

The 'Academic Curriculum' is broad & balanced and centred around the National Curriculum, having due regard for the relevance to each pupil's age and developmental need. The 'Academic Curriculum' is divided into 9 broad areas of learning. Each curriculum area has a primary and secondary subject leader responsible for monitoring, developing and supporting high quality teaching and learning in that area. Each subject area has a clear vision and key golden threads which weave through the subject from EYFS to Post 16. From Year 9, pupils follow accredited courses leading to a range of BTEC, GCSE, Entry Level, Functional Skills and ASDAN qualifications.  

Academic Curriculum (Formal Curriculum)

Aspirations for Adulthood Curriculum (Developmental)

The Aspirations for Adulthood Curriculum (Developmental) prepares pupils for adulthood and provides them with additional enrichment opportunities and exposure to a broad cultural capital, individual to the needs of the pupils.
This curriculum strand compliments the Academic Curriculum (Formal) and the Therapeutic Curriculum (Additional) from EYFS to Post 16 to grow, learn and achieve as responsible citizens.

Aspirations for Adulthood (Developmental Curriculum)

Therapeutic Curriculum (Additional Curriculum)

The Therapeutic Curriculum (Additional Curriculum) is based upon improving pupils outcomes by providing high quality specialist support within Park Community Ƶ and access to external agencies as outlined in the pupils EHCP’s. The Therapeutic Curriculum is essential to learners with additional needs and underpins the Academic Curriculum (Formal Curriculum) and The Aspirations for Adulthood Curriculum (Developmental)

Therapeutic (Additional Curriculum)

In line with the National Curriculum the school therefore offers the following

Core subjects -




Foundation subjects



Geography (incl Travel and Tourism)




Physical Education and swimming 

Modern Foreign Language

Technology: (including Design Technology, Food Technology)

Art and Arts Award

Religious Education (Parents have the right to withdraw their child from R.E.)

The following Cross-curricular areas are also incorporated within the curriculum.

Personal and Social Education Health Education & SRE 

Developing British Values / Cultural Capital 

Careers Education 

Citizenship in a diverse society 

Environmental Eco Education


D of E

Special Educational Needs

Of course, there is a lot more to the Curriculum than just the list of subjects given above. Each pupil attending our school is here because they need a different approach to their learning. At the heart of the education of each pupil is their Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). Through the EHCP and the pupil centred review meeting, the most important educational outcomes are highlighted. These concentrate on the following areas:

  1. Communication and Interaction
  2. Cognition and Learning
  3. Social, Emotional and Mental Health
  4. Sensory and/or Physical
  5. Health Provision

The outcomes for each pupil are supported through teaching and learning across the whole curriculum, and they are reviewed and monitored on a termly basis.