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 The curriculum at The Kassia Academy has been carefully selected to re-engage learners with their education whilst providing them with the currency and skills they need to be successful post 16. 


Curriculum Intent 

Students at The Kassia Academy access a broad, balanced and engaging curriculum. Our curriculum intent is to ensure that our students are well prepared for adulthood and are set up to achieve personal success in their chosen pathways. We aim to equip them with the knowledge they need to achieve their best possible outcomes. We recognise the importance of supporting the retention of information from one lesson to the next and building progressively and cumulatively on key knowledge and skills. We hold high expectations of, and for our students and work to instill in them, a commitment to continued learning.

Our students can expect equal opportunities through our educational provision, high quality teaching and learning, a broad range of subjects and support to develop positive mental health and well-being. At Kassia Academy, students are able to access a range of additional alternative provision, which is tailored to meet needs in a timely way. We continually prepare students to contribute positively to society and we also teach them how to keep themselves safe and build resilience. It is important they know how to seek support and how to maintain positive connections with others. 

The Curriculum 

At The Kassia Academy, we believe in making the curriculum work for each individual child instead of a child having a curriculum that does not work for them. As such, we treat each pupil as an individual and do whatever it takes to help them succeed.

This begins with a carefully planned integration programme in which we take the time to get to know each pupil before they arrive at Kassia Academy. Through meetings with their mainstream teachers as well as a one-on-one pupil interview with our learning mentors, we are able to paint a detailed portrait of each pupil and develop the relevant intervention strategies.  We invite specialist programmes in to help educate and protect our children in the community e.g. The J.J Effect and The Cells Project.

In our school, we offer a broad range of national curriculum subjects including GCSE’s and recognised equivalents, entry level certificates, and vocational qualifications such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

In KS3 we deliver our learning in foundation subjects using project based learning, which runs congruously with the English topic, this gives the learners the opportunity to have rich language threads and golden learning opportunities, as learning theme is immersed across the topic. As part of our therapeutic offer we have learning opportunities with our therapy dog Henry.

It is important to us that our learners have the opportunity to leave school with a range of qualifications as currency to enable them to access courses at post 16. All qualifications are delivered in small, nurturing groups with personalised learning from specialist teachers and teaching assistant support for all. Alongside these we provide a broad range of extra-curricular activities via our Outdoor Learning.

Our aim is to provide support and encouragement to all our learners enabling them to have a positive approach to life and gain the following skills to become determined, lifelong learners and successful citizens. We approach this through our four core values;

We do things differently HERE

H - High Standards   E - Empathy   R - Resilience   E - Emotional Response

High Standards

At The Kassia we believe in instilling a core value of High Standards in everything we do. Our learners deserve the best. Our innovative and personalised curriculum, with engaging and exciting lessons, aims to get buy in and commitment from our young people. Our trauma informed environments provide comfortable and calming learning spaces and social areas in which they can learn and interact with one another. Our learners are constantly encouraged to take pride in everything they do and as a result produce beautiful learning which is celebrated. It is important to us that our young people feel we have high expectations of them and that they are in no way disadvantaged through attending our alternative provision academy.


Developing Empathy amongst our young people is vital in supporting them to become successful citizens and enabling them to build relationships with one another. Through careful coaching, pastoral care and an innovative Personal Development Curriculum our learners are encouraged to support one another through challenging situations, taking into account their difference in perspectives.


Developing Resilience is paramount to our approach. Our aim is to equip our learners with the skills they need to be able to cope with life’s challenges. More than just ‘bouncing back’ when knocked down, we focus on teaching our young people how to adapt to difficult situations and provide them with a range of coping strategies that they can draw on to be able to manage challenging situations they may face both in and out of school.

Emotional Response

Supporting our learners in understanding their emotions forms the basis of our pastoral care and is key to enabling their success. We understand that many of our young people have experienced trauma at some point in their lives. Our aim, through a package of therapeutic support, is to enable our learners to understand and manage their emotions and develop a range of coping strategies which they can draw from.



For more information, please see our Programme of Education Intent 22/23, on the left side bar of this page. Alternatively, you can contact Mr. Karl Hanna, Deputy Headteacher, if you require any more information regarding the curriculum:



NCFE Qualifications

NCFE Level 1 Certificate in Business Administration

About this qualification

This qualification is suitable for learners aged pre-16 and above.

This qualification aims to provide learners with the introductory knowledge and skills they need to operate as a successful business administrator. It will also also allow learners to develop skills in a range of areas relevant to business administration roles.

NCFE Level 1 Award in Exercise Studies

About this qualification

This qualification is suitable for anyone aged pre-16 and above.

This qualification is suitable for anyone with any level of sports ability who is interested in improving their performance, enhancing their personal development and gaining an understanding of the benefits of exercise and fitness. School leavers, the long-term unemployed, and those wanting to return to education may find this qualification of particular benefit.

NCFE Level 1 Certificate in Travel and Tourism

About this qualification

This qualification is suitable for learners aged pre-16 and above.

The qualification will provide learners with an understanding of the basic principles of the travel and tourism industry and allows them to explore the various avenues of work within this industry.
The qualification allows learners to gain transferrable skills that can be applied to the workplace or further study.


For more information regarding NCFE Qualifications, please see the brochure on the left hand side of this page. Alternatively, please check out their website:


NCFE Level 1 Hospitality and catering 

About this qualification 

This qualification is suitable for learners aged pre-16 and above. 

The Level 1 Certificate in Hospitality & Catering is suitable as an introduction for people who wish to access training in Hospitality & Catering with a view to progress to further qualifications. 

Duke of Edinburgh Award

The D of E Award is here to empower our learners; to support them as they learn new skills, overcome obstacles, and build confidence and resilience.

For many of our learners, it is a life-changing experience. A fun time with friends. An opportunity to discover new interests and talents. A tool to develop essential skills for life and work. A recognised mark of achievement; respected by employers.

The DofE is many things to many people, supporting generations to successfully navigate adult life.

The DofE programme is for all our KS4 learners and they work towards the Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

There are four sections to complete at Bronze and Silver level. They involve helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning, training for and completing an expedition.

Any young person can do their DofE – regardless of ability, gender, background or location. Achieving an Award isn’t a competition or about being first. It’s all about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries.

Through our DofE programme young people have fun, build relationships, improve their self-esteem and build confidence. They gain essential skills and attributes for work and life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive, enhancing CVs and university/job applications.

Top employers recognise the work-ready skills Award holders bring to their business.

Level 1 Award, Certificate and Diploma in Work-based Animal Care

About this qualification 

The Level 1 Award, Certificate and Diploma in Work-based Animal Care are programmes of work-based training and assessment leading to nationally recognised qualifications. They aim to meet the needs of learners who work or want to work in the animal care sector and allow learners to learn, develop and practise the skills required for employment and/or career progression in the animal care sector.

Hairdressing Level 2 & 3

HeadStart Hair Academy – Hairdressing Level 2 & 3  

Headstart is a privately owned hairdressing Academy Inspired by fantastic staff, Alison and Marie. Here, they offer our learners an all-round learning experience with a realistic commercial and experienced teaching staff.

Headstart Hair and Academy seeks to enhance the development of our learners throughout their entire educational experience.

Staff are a group of talented and creative professionals, who are passionate about providing the best learning environment for their learners.

Headstart offer the tools and support necessary for their learners to reach their full potential.

About these qualifications 

This qualification is suitable for learners aged pre-16 and above. 

Our teaching community is made up of a group of talented and creative professionals, who are passionate about creating the most current hairdressing skills to the highest standard. Headstart academy also offer apprenticeships, to deliver level 2 hair professional and level 3. We work alongside local salons to train future stylists.  

Training will cover practical and theory assessments in our realistic working environment at the academy. 

Construction Level 1 & 2

ForHousing – Construction 1 & 2  

For Housing give our learners the skills, confidence, and experience to get ahead. Not everyone thrives in a classroom, or in traditional education. That’s why we offer a range of multitrade courses which allow students to get construction skills as well as traditional study, giving people a space to grow and learn in a way that works for the individual.

Learners can learn theoretical and practical skills, gaining important experience in plastering, tiling, bricklaying and joinery.

Staff at For Housing are experienced assessors with teaching (PTLS, A1) and industry specific experience and qualifications. The aim is to help people become the best they can be; in our safe and positive working environment we support young people to achieve their full potential

About these qualifications 

This qualification is suitable for learners aged pre-16 and above. 

Our learning system, Cornerstone  allows you to learn in a way that suits you, you choose the time and pace that works for you.  We also offer support formal and classroom learning – from full day courses to lunch and learn.  The learning hub includes the latest, exciting content from our learning partners including LinkedIn Learning and Safety Media you can create playlists of courses that suit your interests and needs.  

Forest School

Forest School 

Forest School is a child-centered inspirational learning process, that offers opportunities for holistic growth through regular sessions. It is a long-term program that supports play, exploration and supported risk taking. It develops confidence and self-esteem through learner inspired, hands-on experiences in a natural setting.

There are many forms of outdoor education and all have enormous value, however, Forest School is unique in its reach, delivery and effect.

There are some key principles which underpin Forest Schools. These are:-

1. Forest School is a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than one-off or infrequent visits; the cycle of planning, observation, adaptation and review links each session.

2. Forest School takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a lifelong relationship between the learner and the natural world.

3. Forest School uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development and learning.

4. Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.

5. Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.

Commando Joes

Commando Joes 

Commando Joe’s provides early intervention for those young people disengaged with their education, alongside pupils who excel academically, specialising in behaviour management, growth-mindset development and life skills education. It promotes team building, communication and leadership skills which are key ingredients for our learners to take into the world once they have left The Kassia Academy.