The secondary (Phase 3) department at Milestone Academy is currently made up of 150 students and divided into two phases, Phase 3 for students aged 11-15 approximately and Phase 4 for students aged 15 approximately to 19.
The students are grouped into classes which are largely organised according to ability groupings and meeting individual learning needs. This means the students receive a differentiated National Curriculum delivered at a pace that is appropriate for them. In each phase there are classes for students with profound and multiple learning difficulties and those that follow a TEACCH approach to deliver highly personalised and individualised curriculums.
There are currently seven Phase 3 classes within the secondary department. Four Phase 4 classes are based in the Castle building on the main site at New Ash Green and three classes of 6th Form students are based in a satellite provision within Wilmington Academy. There are between 7 and 13 students within each class and the number of adults in each team varies according to the needs of the young people.
Students in Phase 3 study all subjects that make up the National Curriculum but these are differentiated and broken down into very small manageable steps. Class teachers teach the majority of subjects, but specialist teachers teach Science, Music, Art & design, Dance and Physical Education. Some students, where appropriate, may also study a Modern Foreign Language.
Key Stage 4 students within Phase 4 continue to study the majority of subjects that make up the National Curriculum and the Functional Skills of English, Mathematics and Information Communication Technology. They also have the option to select Creative Arts modules where they can choose to pursue Art & design, Dance or Music during the year.
Students in the 6th Form within Phase 4 follow a curriculum that prepares them for adult life. They spend approximately 50% of each week engaged in school based study with the other 50% generalising their Functional Skills within the community.
All students from Year 10 onwards are engaged in vocational and work related learning. Milestone Academy has a well-developed horticultural area equipped with poly tunnels that provide an exemplary outdoor learning environment for nationally accredited qualifications, such as Level 1 qualification in an Introduction to Horticulture from Ascentis. This course is open to students from other mainstream secondary schools which enables meaningful inclusion opportunities for all. In addition, students may study at Bore Place, an organic farm, where they work towards attaining a qualification from OCR ‘Life & Living Skills’ in the ‘World of Work’. 6th Form students pursue a range of accredited courses includingASDAN qualifications in Personal and Social Development and Personal Progress.
Students may also sit Entry Level 1, 2 or 3 or Level 1 Functional Skills examinations towards the end of Phase 3 and in Phase 4 if appropriate, and work towards gaining an Arts Award from The Arts Council. We will also liaise with other specialist and mainstream provisions to access courses to meet the learning needs of our students and where appropriate to meet the student’s career aspirations and choices.
The secondary department at Milestone Academy is a dynamic learning community which values every individual and aims to develop the potential of everyone. If you are interested in looking around the department please do not hesitate to contact us.
Assistant Principal & Director of Phase 3
Assistant Principal & Director of Phase 4