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Summit School

Summit School provides education for all young people admitted to Joyce Parker Hospital. Learning takes place in a suite of rooms, equipped with ICT facilities and a sports hall. Teaching is provided by subject-specialist teachers and Higher-Level Teaching Assistants.

Our Vision

In partnership with the wider hospital, we enable young people to become resilient and reflective, so that they can meet the pressures and demands of modern life.

We recognise that learning is a journey and not a destination, so we work collaboratively to enable students to rediscover the joy in lifelong learning with a broad, creative and supportive curriculum.

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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 for a KS4 student:


Aisling McClelland, Head Teacher, Tel: 02475 100 150
Maisie Boyd, Education Officer, Deputy Safeguarding Lead and Exams Officer, Tel: 02475 100 150
Rachel Rix, National SENCO Lead, Tel: 07738 716408

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