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Pupils are grouped according to age and ability to create teaching groups where pupils can learn effectively. Each class is part of a department and pupils come together for assemblies and WOW events.

To find out more, click on a department link below.

  1. EYFS

    Pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are based in our Early Years’ classes – Blue, Orange, Pink and Yellow, with children of similar developmental levels and with a very high staff to pupil ratio.

    Learning opportunities are provided through a topic based curriculum, taking into account the children’s interests. We provide a wide range of creative and sensory learning activities. These promote development across all areas of learning outlined in the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.

    • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
    • Communication and Language
    • Physical Development
    • Literacy
    • Mathematics
    • Understanding of the World
    • Expressive Arts and Design

    Activities are planned inside and outside to develop pupils learning through class topics and individual pupil interests. The class staff are supported by speech and language therapists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists to ensure that each pupil can access activities and develop good communication skills. Communication is central to the whole curriculum and specialist input includes objects of reference, signing, symbols, communication books or communication devices.

    Our approach is

    • Play based
    • Practical
    • Flexible
    • Child lead
    • Individualised
    • Sensory
    • Fun

    And promotes:

    • Exploration
    • Independence
    • Curiosity
    • Engagement

    We keep detailed learning journals to record the children’s progress using observations, photos and videos. Each child has personalised Next Steps that they are working on.

    We work very closely with parents and carers to help each child to settle in to, and make the most of, school. Families are invited to special events and there is regular contact through home/school books, phone calls, newsletters and meetings.


    Pupils in Year 3 – 6 are based in Silver, Gold, Purple, Red and Green classes. Pupils are grouped according to age and ability to maximise progress. They follow a creative curriculum linking together all the subjects of the Primary National Curriculum differentiated and adapted to make learning relevant and fun.

    Termly topics give opportunities to develop core English and Maths skills as well as developing subject knowledge and skills in all subject areas. E.g. the topic ‘Superheroes’ includes English – story writing, Maths – measure (how far, how heavy, how long?), Science – forces, History – famous heroes in history.

    All five Primary classes follow the same topic but the content is differentiated to enable pupils to extend their knowledge and understanding according to their age and ability.

    Teaching and learning in the Primary classes is highly practical, following on from the Early Years approach, with pupils working in different groupings, whole class, small group or 1-1, depending on the activity.

    Each pupil continues to work on their Next Steps to ensure they make good progress.


    Pupils in Year 7 – 14 are grouped according to age and ability. Pupils with profound and severe learning difficulties are taught mostly by their class teacher whilst pupils with moderate learning difficulties benefit from being taught by subject teachers who can take them through to GCSE if appropriate.

    Pupils continue to work on their individual Next Steps targets and therapy programmes whilst developing their understanding and experience across the National Curriculum.

    Pupils are encouraged to be as independent as possible, to develop their self esteem and to shine. Everyone performs in the Secondary Show and many represent St Giles and Croydon at Disability Sports events.

    KS3 – Pupils in KS3 follow a creative curriculum linking all the National Curriculum subjects under termly themes. Teachers use the themes to develop knowledge, skills and experience across the subject areas and also work with their colleagues to provide opportunities for students to work toward a shared goal, e.g. a special assembly at the end of the ‘Let’s celebrate’ theme.

    KS4 – Pupils in KS4 work towards accreditation in all their subjects dependent on their ability. A few pupils take GCSEs while most work towards Entry level and Unit awards. Pupils also complete units in Life Skills, English, Maths, PE, Art, Music and DT towards ASDAN Bronze and Silver Awards.

    Pupils with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties continue to develop their early skills and also achieve Unit Awards that celebrate their achievements.

    All pupils have opportunities for Work Experience such as helping in a Primary class, assisting the music teacher or secretary or working at the local Garden Centre. Pupils and their families are supported to find appropriate college places and courses for KS5. Recent placements have been – Level 1 courses in ICT and Child Care at Nescot and Croydon College; Life Skills at Carshalton College; Special School Sixth form at Clifton Hill and Priory.

    KS5 – Students with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties remain at St Giles for KS5. They follow a personalised curriculum continuing to develop their communication, physical development and emotional and social skills based around creative themes. There are practical opportunities to develop life skills such as helping with messages round school, cooking, gardening and household activities. Students have regular trips into the local community to help them learn to cope with different environments and different people.

    All KS5 pupils are supported to transition to Further Education or adult services when they leave St Giles.