Our Formal Curriculum

Our Curriculum

The Mendip School offers a broad and balanced curriculum aimed at creating an educational experience that prepares pupils for adult life. The curriculum offer also conforms to national government expectations and is structured to provide opportunities to succeed.

For our full Curriculum Rationale please click here

Our pupils represent a very wide range of abilities and in response the curriculum provides a number of pathways that lead to a variety of post school destinations.

A strong emphasis upon a vocational approach to our curriculum creates opportunities for our pupils to develop those skills which will be important to them in adult life. For some pupils this may mean a focus upon independence skills whilst for others academic qualifications provide the key to access post-16 Further Education courses.

You can find out more about our curriculum and subjects by emailing the staff member directly or contacting the office with your enquiry office@themendipschool.com

Curriculum review 2019

The Mendip School are committed to providing a current and personalised curriculum for all of our pupils. As part of this we conducted a curriculum review between March 2019 and October 2019.

Local stakeholders such as local authority colleagues, local community representatives, governors and parents were invited into school to meet to discuss our curriculum. Staff and pupils were also consulted.

Summaries of those meetings are available Curriculum Review 

Here is our action plan for our curriculum.    Curriculum Action Plan  

Curriculum Overview

Each key stage has a curriculum overview for the year, this is to ensure progression over the pupils time in our school. Below are the curriculum overviews for 2021/2022






We believe that our pupils should spend time exploring the wider world outside of The Mendip School. To support this we have a holistic overview. Topics are discussion points and starting points for pupils to explore work experience, our local and world wide culture as well as current affairs. These change each year. Families, pupils and local stakeholders help us to set these to ensure they are current and relevant. They can be found on the link below:

Holistic and Cultural Capital Topics

If you have any further questions please feel free to ask your child’s tutor who will be happy to help you.


The Mendip school has one class following the Early Years Foundation Stage learning objectives.  Staff use a mixture of structured teaching activities, small group learning activities and free play to ensure pupils make good progress.

During all of these activities observations are made and recorded to enable staff to target the teaching to the needs of each individual.  As a result pupils are confident, enthusiastic learners who make good progress.


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Please download our handwriting statement to find out about our approach to teaching and supporting handwriting development.



Our KS2 Class includes a range a pupils in year 3 to 6.  They follow an adapted version of the 2014 National Curriculum supplemented with Sounds Write phonics and Numicon to support learners in maths.  During the KS2 phase pupils are encouraged to develop their independence as learners and to become more engaged with what and how they learn.  Technology is integrated through all lessons and subjects like Cooking and Nutrition, Design and Technology and Modern Foreign Languages become a regular part of the timetable.  Classes also access the swimming pool once a week.


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The Mendip School KS3 class is made up of pupils aged between 11 and 14.  Learning is based around the 2014 National Curriculum and is broken down into manageable steps to show progress.


The KS4 classes currently comprise of pupils in years 9-11.  Pupils are taught the KS3 and KS4 national curriculum with approaches that suit individual needs.  Pupils in years 10 and 11 work towards qualifications in Entry Level or GCSE classifications.


KS4 Qualifications overview

If you’d like to know more about how your child may access exams please see here. Access Arrangements