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Excel and Exceed Centre

Excel and Exceed Centre is the specialist provider of education for all young people admitted to Cygnet Hospital Bury. Teaching happens within a school unit, equipped with an ICT suite and an interactive whiteboard. The school also has access to a kitchen, gymnasium, outside courtyard and therapeutic garden.

Our Vision

To provide a safe, enjoyable and purposeful educational experience for all our young people during their stay. The care and support we offer means that young people are helped to celebrate their differences and achieve their goals, enabling them to be successful in the future and prepared for their next steps.

We work in partnership with all stakeholders to ensure the education provided mirrors the community provision. We strive to always embrace the Cygnet values.

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The intent of our school curriculum is to maintain and develop current educational pathways and/or promote future re-engagement with education, employment or training. In doing so, we believe that young people leaving our provision will stand the best chance of reintegration with community life and therefore a successful recovery journey.

Curriculum Aims

Our curriculum aims to:

  • Provide a broad and balanced education, prioritising the core subjects where necessary.
  • Meet individual needs through collaborative planning with the home school (if in place), parents, and the young person themselves.
  • Ensure equal access to learning, with high expectations for every pupil and appropriate levels of challenge and support.
  • Ensure the acquisition of skills in literacy, numeracy and ICT/computing for all young people.
  • Reinforce the links between subjects so that learning connections are made across curriculum boundaries.
  • Be aligned with the Cygnet values of care, respect, empowerment, trust and integrity.
  • Be adaptable, according to current mental health presentation, in order to support well-being and wellness.
  • Be complementary to, and consistent with, the hospital therapy programme.
  • Promote British values and social, moral, and cultural development.

In order to deliver these aims, Cygnet schools follow three curriculum delivery models.

Curriculum Model A – Enhancing and supporting current educational pathways e.g. continuing subjects and topics being studied in community school/college setting.

Curriculum model B – Should personal circumstances dictate, a bespoke program based on subjects, skills and knowledge that expand on personal interests of the learner e.g. accessing a program geared to potential future aspirations.

Curriculum model C – Educational activities with a primary focus on developing the personal and social skills and mental health functioning in education e.g. school allotment project.

Academic Timetable

Here is an example of an academic timetable to support Curriculum model A

An Example timetable:

Awards and Accreditations

The Rainbow Flag award is a quality assurance framework that encourages a whole school approach to LGBTQ inclusion and supports schools in developing strategies to challenge and combat LGBTQ phobic bullying.

The award is broken down into six categories:-

Excel & Exceed have passed all six and below is a summary of what was demonstrated for each category:-

Skilled Teacher – We have demonstrated that staff, senior leaders and non-teaching staff are able to recognise and consistently challenge and report LGBTQ phobic and that they confidently use positive and appropriate language around LGBTQ identities.

Supportive Governors & Parents – Governors and parents show and understanding of the needs to combat LGBTQ phobia through positive education and representation and know where to go for support and information if needed.

Effective Policies – Policies are in place to address LGBTQ phobia and positively support whole school LGBTQ inclusion.

Inclusive Curriculum – LGBTQ people and identities have been positively represented across all areas of the curriculum. This includes lessons and activities that are LGBTQ inclusive as well as those that are LGBT specific.

Pastoral Support – LGBTQ pupils wishing to explore or express their gender and/or sexuality are given the support they need. Skilled staff from within the school are able to support through signposting and referrals to appropriate local services.

Student Voice – Student led initiatives are valued and support to create an LGBTQ inclusive and positive environment.

Excel and Exceed has been chosen to be a Picture News Quiz Advocate School. Picture News Quiz provides us with the outline for our topics of the week and works with schools across the country to ensure British Values and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child are being taught effectively. Picture News Quiz is a fantastic resource and it’s great that we’ve been recognised for using it well, across the curriculum, and particularly in our weekly Literacy and Numeracy lessons.


Vicky Povey, Head Teacher and Safeguarding Lead, Tel: 0161 762 7212
Jayne Rowlands, Looked After Child Designated Person and Education Officer, Tel: 0161 762 4358
Francis Gunther-McMahon, Deputy Safeguarding Lead, Tel: 0161 762 4733
Rachel Rix, National SENCO Lead, Tel: 07738 716408

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