What is Engage at Key Stage 3?

We recognise that some students struggle to access mainstream lessons for academic or environmental reasons. We offer our Engage space for students who require additional targeted learning support or who need a smaller class size in a quieter area away from the main school building. For most students, Engage allows students to grow in confidence and to close academic gaps. It is a steppingstone back to main school lessons. Pupils who attend this provision include:

  • Students who are working significantly below age expected in their core subjects, who would benefit being taught in a smaller group.
  • Students returning from being Electively Home Educated.
  • Students returning from alternative provision.
  • School refusers or those with a high level of school anxiety.
  • Students who are at risk of leaving school with few or no qualifications.

The whole school key stage 3 curriculum is followed for these lessons. 

The staff in Engage include:

  • An Engage teacher who delivers English and maths lessons
  • The Vice Principal of Inclusion who delivers science lessons
  • The SENDCo who oversees the daily running of the provision
  • A Thrive trained TA who delivers interventions. These could include nurture and wellbeing, English and maths or life skills. 


Students in year 7 Engage receive:

  • Lessons delivered from our 2 Engage classrooms and 1 bespoke kitchen and Life skills room in an area away from the main school. Performance subjects such as PE, Art and Music, are taught in main stream classes to give students the opportunity to integrate socially with their peers. 
  • A curriculum that mirrors that in main school but which is specifically tailored to the starting point and progress needs of the learner.
  • A mix of specialist Engage teachers and mainstream teachers.
  • Small group sizes of 7:2.
  • A specific external door for those students who require this nurture provision.
  •  At social time, students can spend it with their peers or can continue to access Engage.
  • Access to nurture provision through an ELSA.

To view the Engage plan by year group, please click here

Students in Key Stage 4 Engage receive:

  • A broad and balanced curriculum delivered by main school teachers, with option subject qualifications selected according to pupil preference and future aspirations. This includes vocational qualifications. 
  • Specialist teachers who deliver lessons from the Engage classrooms
  • SEMH intervention support as required

To view the Key Stage 4 Engage pathway, please click here