Young people have the opportunity to develop to their full potential in preparation of their future life where there is a passion for learning and mutual respect for all.
Students will follow a variety of examination courses, dependent upon their individual educational needs. These include GCSE, BTEC, Functional Skills, Entry Level accredited courses. Assessment is on entry to gain a starting point, teacher assessment and standardised tests, these are conducted on a regular basis.
Pupils who attend the Hartlepool School follow the National Curriculum and we also have facilities to offer an alternative curriculum designed to meet the individual needs of our young people should this be appropriate.
We want each of our pupils to enjoy coming to school, to enjoy learning and to take advantage of all the opportunities and activities offered to them to bring out the best of their abilities.
We actively promote opportunities for students to engage in experiences that broaden their skills and knowledge through educational visits, personal projects, work experience and other agencies both on and off site. Students have participated in First Aid training and team-building exercises and group activities. Students are encouraged to make positive contributions to society in many ways, including involvement in charity events throughout the school year such as fundraising for or local charities and participation in other events.
Our focus is to support all students to make gains in their learning. Progress and achievements are recorded for each student and reports are regularly sent to parents/carers and local authorities. The school acknowledges achievements at all levels, whether in lessons, particular activities or the actions of students, and we celebrate these achievements on a regular basis. We provide written reports on a termly basis to carers and parents providing information on progress and attainment and opportunities for parents or carers to attend open days to discuss pupil progress.
All students receive careers guidance, including input from local connexions teams, beginning with transition reviews in Year 9. Careers education is provided by aspects of the Preparation for Working Life programme. Students can also access vocational training providers and local colleges during key stage 4 which offer a range of courses in construction, hair and beauty and motor mechanics.
The schools general academic performance, including exam results, inspection reports will be published and made available to the extended school community. Regular reviews are conducted with social workers, virtual schools and other local authority agencies when required.