Stubbin Wood School

Creating opportunities for everyone to achieve success and reach their potential

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Welcome to Stubbin Wood School & Nursery


Message from the Headteacher
I feel very privileged to be the Headteacher of Stubbin Wood School & Nursery, a school where you can be confident your child will be safe, happy, and have their individual needs met through our specialist teaching and interventions.
Our values are reflected in our mission statement: 'Creating opportunities for everyone to achieve success and reach their potential.'
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Stubbin Wood School & Nursery provides a broad and balanced curriculum, which aims to meet the needs of all its students. It is split into three separate curriculums, those being the pre-formal curriculum (for pupils working between P1i and P4), the semi-formal curriculum (P4 to P7) and the formal curriculum (P8 and above). Within these curricula there are seven areas of learning, those being;


  • Communication and Language,
  • Cognition and Thinking,
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World,
  • Expressive Arts,
  • Orientation, Motor and Mobility,
  • Social and Emotional and towards Adulthood


Our curriculum is reviewed annually to ensure it meets the needs of our students, as we aim to ensure that we create opportunities for everyone to achieve success, and ultimately be as independent as possible both within school and beyond their school career.


Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The EYFS is integrated within the KS1 Curriculum. It consists of the Statutory Prime and Specific areas of Communication and Language; Physical Development; Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the World; and Expressive Arts and Design. Pupils are also given access to a range of Outdoor Learning Areas.


National Curriculum

Stubbin Wood School and Nursery has responded to the introduction of the 2014 National Curriculum and created Schemes of Work and Long Term plans which take into consideration the new requirements wherever appropriate to do so. In some cases however it was felt that the new requirements were at a level too high for our pupils and therefore the expectations have been differentiated to better meet the needs of the pupils within the school.

Careers Education/Employability

A careers programme is being developed in Secondary to cover The Gatesby Benchmarks to support access to work related learning and practical work experience. This is linked into the wider enterprising work and Talentino’s training.



Teaching British Values

We promote ‘British Values’ through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education which permeates through the school’s curriculum and supports the development of the ‘whole child’.

We recognise that such development is most successful when those values and attitudes are promoted by all the staff and provide a model of behaviour for our pupils.

The curriculum in all phases offers broad and balanced opportunities. Cultural appreciation and development forms part of our curriculum. We place great emphasis on providing encounters and participation in events and celebrations to broaden all pupils ‘experiences and awareness of others’.

Our assemblies help all pupils to find out about themselves and others linking their lives to the communities in which they belong.

Pupils are encouraged to experience British Culture through our curriculum themes. For example, pupils have visited local place e.g. library, Hardwick Hall and Bolsover Council. As a school, we take part in sporting activities which helps to instill ‘fair play’ and engender a ‘team spirit’. Although some of our pupils may find it difficult to articulate their feelings and concerns; staff are attuned to changes in demeanor and wellbeing that may indicate anxiety. Alternative communication such as Makaton, signs and symbols can be used when needed. If they are concerned about a pupil our accepted practice links to the Safeguarding Policy which entrusts a duty of care to all staff to actively protect and promote the welfare of children.


The staff work closely with parents, carers and other professionals to ensure that the pupils at Stubbin Wood are happy, well cared for and enabled to learn the skills they need to live a fulfilling life as part of their community.



These have a broad Christian basis and always include an act of worship. As well as the spiritual content, emphasis is also placed on teaching about moral, social and cultural issues relevant to our pupils.

Each department has an assembly once a week. The assemblies have a structured routine where 'good work' is celebrated through certificates, pupils in Primary are sung to if it is their birthday and then a short assembly activity/story by either classes or visitors. There is a prayer and a song at the end followed by music relating to the theme of the assembly.

There are also whole school assemblies which take place at Christmas, Easter and at the end of the school year.

Please note that parents have the right to withdraw their child from Religious Education or Collective Worship, or both. Please contact the Headteacher to discuss the provision of alternative arrangements.


Key Stage 4 & 5 Accreditation Options


In Key Stage 4 and 5 pupils are given the opportunity to gain accreditation, this can be in the form of QAQ unit Award, ASDAN Transition Challenge, AIM Functional Skills and the Arts Award for example. Also Key Stage 4 and 5 students are given the opportunity to gain accreditation in AQA, GCSE Art.

Curriculum Framework and Policy

If you would like to find out more about our curriculum, please contact the school's Reception on 01623 742795 and ask to speak to Rachel Watson