Focus on recognising achievement

Mountwood Academy is creative, individualised and flexible, tailored to the complex learning needs of the individual pupil and enabling those needs to be met. It supports our vision by giving pupils the opportunity to learn and develop in a supportive and creative environment in which there is a focus on recognising achievement and supporting progression.

In addition to the academic curriculum, individualised timetables provide opportunities for pupils to withdraw from some lessons to participate in therapy sessions with the Speech and Language Therapist (SaLT). The curriculum is enriched by educational trips and visits, local community links and opportunities within the timetable to engage with new experiences e.g. music workshops, gardening and educational visits.

Our school specialism is creativity

Every young person at Mountwood achieves an Arts Award. We are also completing our Arts Mark and we are aiming to become a platinum school!

Mountwood Academy’s Learning Challenge Curriculum

The Learning Challenge concept is built around the principle of greater learner involvement in their work. It requires deep thinking and encourages learners to work using a question as the starting point. The Learning Challenge approach is used as a structure and ethos for curriculum design. In designing the curriculum teachers and learners are using a prime learning challenge, expressed as a question, as the starting point. Using the information gained from pre- learning tasks, the new National Curriculum and the school’s context a series of subsidiary challenges are then planned. Each subsidiary learning challenge is also expressed as a question.

Beacon Learning Curriculum
Ribble Learning Curriculum
SabdenWyre Learning Curriculum

Visual Timetable

Our focus on the Creative Curriculum has developed an innovative approach to the way we meet the special and often challenging needs of pupils. Our ‘Visual Timetable’ is typical of this approach, created to ensure pupils understand their daily routines.

Transition and Induction

Many of the young people who come to Mountwood Academy have been out of education for a period of time and/or have had negative experiences of school in the past. Our transition arrangements ensure that each young person and their parents or carers are given opportunities to visit the school and meet key members of staff before their formal admission.

An individual Transition Plan is drawn up for each pupil which includes visits to the school, working with current or previous schools and gathering information from various professionals so that we are prepared to fully support the young person from their first day.

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