Doucecroft School

At Doucecroft the curriculum is flexible and autism-specific, focussing on the strengths of each individual student.

Curriculum for Key Stages 1-4 (Ages 5-16)

The Core curriculum focuses on the development of skills in the areas of Communication, Social Communication and Flexible Thinking. Within the Core curriculum, the subject areas of English and Maths are addressed alongside those areas of the PSHEE curriculum which pose particular challenges to students with ASC. Personal development is key to the Core Curriculum.

Students’ behaviour and personal development are outstanding.


The Wider Curriculum provides opportunities to broaden and generalise skills whilst providing enrichment and breadth to the total curriculum. A thematic approach is used to deliver subjects across a three-year rolling programme. Science, History, Geography, some areas of PSHE are included in the thematic approach. The thematic approach addresses the key stage entitlements of all students as they move through the key stages.

(see Curriculum Policy Statement)

Students have opportunities to learn outside of the classroom. This provides students with opportunities to develop skills in accessing the community, working with others and generalising skills taught in school. Students use the community close to the school, a range of leisure facilities including sailing and canoeing and a forest school. The school grounds also provide opportunities to take learning out of the classroom.

The PE curriculum at Doucecroft School has a high profile and plays of the vital part in the life if the school. Students have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities both on-site and community-based. Many students go on to achieve awards and qualifications in PE.

The curriculum is driven by a comprehensive policy clearly linking the skills of communication, social communication and flexible thinking with the core subjects and creative subjects. The school has a particularly varied and effective physical education (PE) programme both within the curriculum and as extra-curricular activities.

(OFSTED January 2014)

Post 16 education is offered on at our College, meeting the needs of a wide range of students post 16.

Students have individual student plans which are informed by assessment in the adult literacy and numeracy curriculum, communication and flexible thinking.

Accreditation is given through a range of externally accredited courses from pre-entry level to level 2.