Our pupils experience the full National Curriculum in a therapeutic way.


Approach to learning

We believe for a child to learn they need to have good self-esteem. This allows them to tackle challenges and take risks in their learning, as they know they can learn from their mistakes, and they feel confident to experiment in their work.

We have very high expectations of pupil progress and attain this by creating a team of specialist staff to support each child. We often work with 2 adults to 1 child, up to a maximum of 4 students per group.

In addition to being subject specialists, all of our staff have a thorough knowledge of child development and attachment theory, which underpins our approach to learning and provision at The Southover Partnership School.


My Curriculum

‘My Curriculum’ is the school’s unique approach to giving each child an individually tailored programme of study. Teaching starts from a pupil’s interests and National Curriculum subjects are built around these. The key areas include: My Core skills, My Choices, My Creative Self, My Body and My Healthy Self, Myself and My Future Self.

‘My Curriculum’ continually develops knowledge and skills. We include a range of work experience opportunities for all our older secondary students and ensure that there is a continuous focus on the development of communication and interaction skills.

Areas of learning and study include:

  • Core National Curriculum subjects: English, maths and science.
  • Additional National Curriculum subjects: art and photography, astronomy, French, geography, geology, history, Latin and Spanish.
  • Vocational subjects: animation, arts, business studies, ceramics, creative craft, drama, employability skills, food and hygiene, music, occupational studies, retail, software development.
  • A wide variety of sports is offered across the year.
  • The use of ICT is embedded across all subjects and the curriculum is enhanced with trips out, gardening, cookery and creative activities.



Challenging behaviour is managed using a positive approach.  We believe all behaviour has meaning, and work hard to ensure we understand why children behave in certain ways.  We engage pupils, parents and carers in understanding unwanted behaviour and planning the way forward.



Therapeutic activities are embedded in our curriculum through creative arts such as drama, art and photography as well as equine therapy, outdoor learning and gardening. These provide emotional and personal development for our learners. We also have access to a wide range of therapeutic services and specialists which allows us to build a holistic team around the child according to their individual needs.



We work regularly with outside agencies such as CAMHS, Adolescent Outreach Services, Social Care, Careers Services and Youth Justice.


Find out more

If you would like to know more about our curriculum please contact us and we would be happy to help.

Our ethos is based on Attachment Theory. Find out why.