Students from year 9 to year 11 follow the Countryside Stewardship Curriculum as devised by the Earth Trust which is based at Wittenham. They will take part in a variety of outdoor activities including site maintenance, planting, harvesting, animal welfare, survival, animals, plants, climate and weather. Students all wear protective clothing and footwear and learn the rules and guidance regarding working in and enjoying the countryside. At the end of KS4 most students will have achieved the Countryside Stewardship qualification.
All KS4 students leave Bishopswood School with at least one other nationally recognised, accredited qualification. Students work towards ASDAN Transition Challenge, Workright and Personal Development qualifications. Some, although rarely, may sit GCSEs and Food Hygiene exams.
Students in KS4 also attend a local garden centre every week to carry out work activities, they work alongside the centre’s employees and follow all rules and required health and safety procedures. At the end of KS4 they will have completed a portfolio of work that will be assessed for the ASDAN Workright qualification. Students may have additional work experience opportunities outside of the school. Students will make choices as to where they would like to work and be supported by a staff member. These sessions will depend on the needs of the pupil and be tailored to best meet those needs. Students may take part in work experience within the school, supported by a member of staff. These sessions may include site management, cleaning, office work or library skills.