Marlborough School Curriculum


Our Mission is to effectively meet all our students’ unique and holistic needs, enable them to thrive and prepare them fully for adulthood.

Our School Values are central to our ethos and learning culture and are embedded within our curriculum. Marlborough School values are:






We recognise that powerful learning happens only when our students are happy.  As such, we strive to promote the happiness of our students through a range of targeted interventions.   We are committed to empowering our learners to develop confidence and autonomy, to take ownership of their own learning and control over their lives. We are passionate and ambitious about learning and progress and strive to promote a culture of aspiration, effort and resilience. We support our learners to be honest and reflective and encourage them to enjoy the freedom to take risks and to learn from their mistakes. We believe that every student should experience and develop respect for self and others. We celebrate diversity and individuality and ensure everyone has their voice heard and valued. Teamwork is essential to our success. We work in close partnership with parents/carers and multi- agency teams to ensure success for all our students.

Curriculum Intent

In order to achieve our mission, we believe that our curriculum design should provide broad, balanced and meaningful learning experiences tailored to the needs of individual students. The development of communication, independence, autonomy, and choice is central to our curriculum design. We strive to effectively promote the students’ personal, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. A key focus of our curriculum is to prepare students with the skills and cultural capital to successfully access the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. Leaders evaluate how the curriculum design meets our values and aims.

Curriculum Implementation

Non-Subject Specific and Pre-Subject Specific Curriculum Key Stages 3 and 4.

Our curriculum is split into two strands, the non-subject specific and the pre-subject specific.  The non-subject specific meets the needs of our learners with profound and multiple learning difficulties.  Pre-subject specific meets the needs of our learners with severe learning difficulties including those with autism and other complex needs.

       Personalised learning is structured across five areas. Four of these are based on the student’s statement of SEN or education and health care plan (EHCP) and form student’s Personalised Learning Plans. These are:

  • Cognition and learning
  • Communication and interaction
  • Social, emotional and mental health
  • Sensory and or physical

Further information about specific subjects can be found within our curriculum policy here

The Post 16 Curriculum

The focus within Post 16 shifts towards preparing students for adulthood and learning beyond school. This is the reflected in the curriculum provision. 

The personalised learning plans and curriculum clusters are centred around the following areas.

  • Independent Living
  • Good Health
  • Employment Careers and Work Related Learning
  • Participating in Society

Further information regarding accredited courses can be found within the Assessment, Recording and Reporting Policy. 

In addition, we have included a ‘Creative and Cultural’ component for all age groups to offer breadth of experience and enrichment for our students. 

Organisation of Learning

Learning is organised according to the needs of the students within each class. Where relevant, subjects are grouped together into curriculum clusters or provided continuously throughout the day in order to:

  • Provide students with longer learning sessions
  • Facilitate generalisation and making links between different subject areas
  • Give students the opportunity to embed and master skills
  • Provide greater opportunities for individual learning sessions
  • Providing enhanced opportunities to facilitate student led learning through extended develop of students’ interests

Learning is student centred and students work on their individual targets throughout the day.  The classrooms are set up to provide exploratory learning opportunities in curriculum areas including maths, reading, writing, ICT, art, music, science. 

The class teacher and teaching assistants work with individuals to extend learning based on individual Personalised Learning Plans.  All classes have structured group learning time throughout the day.  They will also have opportunities for 1:1 work e.g. individual reading, paired or small group work e.g. playing maths games. 

Some lessons are taught discreetly for example food technology, PE, swimming, PHSE, RSE and careers and WRL.  The PSHE and Relationships and Sex Education curriculum schemes prepare students for life beyond school by helping them to develop a healthy and safe lifestyle, the ability to reflect upon and manage their own personal feelings and behaviours, good relationships with others and respect for diversity.

Students access programmes developed by a range of multi-agency professionals as highlighted in the Education and Health Care Plans. These include Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational therapy and Physiotherapy. We are working towards becoming a recognised ‘Thrive’ school.

Our enrichment programme includes a wide range of educational trips and visits linked to the curriculum, guest speakers, fund raising activities and charity projects, frequent musical and dramatic performances and competitive and non-competitive sports. Residential trips such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award extend students daily experiences and develop self-help and independence skills and build confidence, self-esteem and an appreciation of teamwork. Learning outside the classroom is a key feature of the enriched curriculum and includes Forest School which is designed to enable students to explore and discover for themselves, experience appropriate risk and challenge, and enable them to make choices and to initiate and drive their own learning and development.

Curriculum Impact

The impact of our curriculum is evaluated through our students’ holistic progress throughout all areas of our bespoke assessment system. This includes progress through the students’ personalised learning plans; Marlborough (M) levels in literacy, numeracy, personal autonomy, everyday technology, science and Independence in the community; our careers and work-related learning continuum; ‘Routes for Learning’ and the students’ progress within our holistic framework which include a range of therapeutic interventions.

The impact of the personalised curriculum is evaluated through termly Pupil Progress Review Meetings and adjustments are made as necessary.

The impact of our curriculum is shared with parents/carers, our school community and governors.

For more information, please refer to our Curriculum Policy and our Assessment, Recording, Reporting Policy in the tabs to the left.