At Milestone Academy we believe that every pupil can and will make progress and that deprivation should never be a barrier to their learning. We set the most challenging targets for every child, and all our pupils are valued, challenged and supported to make sustained academic and personal progress.
In common with other Special Schools, Milestone Academy recognises that the majority of its pupils’ face barriers to learning far greater than those imposed by financial deprivation. Due to their needs all pupils at Milestone are very vulnerable. We strive to ensure that Pupil Premium funding is used to narrow gaps in achievement by whatever means necessary. However, we also believe it is appropriate to use the funding to support other pupils who have significant areas of vulnerability, where this can be achieved in tandem with the provision made for Pupil Premium pupils.
The curriculum across Milestone Academy enables our pupils to develop into young people who are; independent, to the greatest degree possible, caring, both for themselves, others and the world around them, able to build positive relationships and to communicate functionally and effectively, be curious, able to play a meaningful role in society, informed, skilled, respectful and tolerant. The curriculum is developmental and personalised to ensure every pupil accesses the learning they need as an individual, at an ambitious level of challenge appropriate to them, supporting transitions to next steps within and beyond school.
Our strategy is driven by both the needs of pupils alongside those of groups, through thorough formative and summative assessment of both academic but also personal, social and emotional progress. The strategy is reviewed frequently to ensure it remains appropriate and meets the needs of disadvantaged pupils across the school.