Engage is a new provision that was launched in September 2020.  The main purpose is to provide an environment that supports students who struggle to access the mainstream classroom on a full-time basis. 
This could be for a reason relating to any of the 4-broad areas of need outlined within the code of practice.  

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 staff in Engage include:

  • The SENDCo, who delivers English and Maths lessons to students in KS3.  The whole school KS3 curriculum is followed for these lessons.
  • A HLTA who is responsible for the day-to-day logistics of the provision and delivers entry level and functional skills intervention and overlearning to KS4 students.
  • A teaching assistant who delivers targeted intervention and over-learning in Science.
  • A teaching assistant who delivers targeted intervention and over-learning in English.
  • An ELSA who delivers targeted SEMH provision.
  • 1-1 and small group sessions are also delivered by a science teacher, a maths teacher and the head of geography.

Within the Engage provision the following qualifications are taught:

  • Maths and English are taught to KS3 learners according to the National Curriculum
  • Entry level and functional skills maths and English is taught to KS4 students
  • ASDAN qualifications are delivered on: beliefs and values, personal finance, living independently, gardening, food-wise, animal care and road safety.

Within in Engage the following provisions are available:

  • The Engage provision is a quiet environment, separated into Zones to allow for students to take part in small group lessons, independent learning activities, 1-1 interventions and life skill activities.
  • There is a separate access in to Engage, which parents can use to bring students with school-related anxiety into school in the morning.
  • Calm Brain intervention is delivered every morning within Engage to help students get ready for the school day.
  • The Engage students have access to a gardening plot and the food room to complete life skill activities.


All Engage students remain part of their small school, they attend a variety of lessons within the main school and continue to access whole school provisions for social times, assemblies and school competitions.