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Catcliffe Aspire caters predominantly for Key Stage 4 and Upper Key Stage 3 students, who have complex needs. Pupils at Catcliffe may have an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP), be Looked After, or their destination Post 16, will likely be specialist provision. The pupils at Catcliffe follow a bespoke curriculum that is built by understanding their interests where they have access to a positive, supportive and nurturing environment with staff that work closely with them to make them feel valued, in a smaller setting.


All students at Catcliffe Aspire are able to follow accredited courses leading to recognised qualifications, within the core curriculum offer. All students study English and mathematics to GCSE standard, along with Functional Skills in English and mathematics up to Level 2. All students follow a Science and IT programme of study.

All students at Catcliffe have the opportunity to follow vocational options. The vocational curriculum is designed to be modular in construction so as to accommodate in year admissions and provide for the wide range of abilities. We offer a wide range of vocational courses including: Construction, Catering, Childcare, Sport, Art, Motor Mechanics and Hair and Beauty, which are all supported by a comprehensive personal development programme including: Health and Safety, CV Writing, Interview skills, PSHE and careers awareness.


Students in Year 11 receive substantial impartial careers advice and guidance to support their transition to Post 16 destinations after Rotherham Aspire.


Additionally, all students have access to an enrichment programme designed to build cultural capital amongst students and address some of the outcomes of the Preparing for Adulthood (P4A) programme.


Throughout their time with Aspire, students will be connected to a dedicated Learning Mentor (LM) who are able to finely attune to the pupils and recognise that each individual pupil has their own starting point. The aim at Catcliffe is to prepare for next steps in the pupils lives and in order to achieve this, a bespoke curriculum is available that provides a range of academic qualifications and supporting personal development opportunities. This means extending learning beyond the centre and providing opportunities to build their cultural and social capital through experiential learning.


The Learning Mentor also works closely with students and home, to help remove any barriers to their education by offering additional support and regular meetings.



Road Maps

KS3 English                        KS4 Digital Skills Level 1

KS4 English                        KS3 Science

Y9 Maths                             KS4 Careers

Y10 Maths                           KS4 Art & Design

Y11 Maths                            KS4 Catering

KS3 PSHE                            KS4 Construction

KS4 PSHE                            Hair & Beauty Certificate

KS3 Computing                  Hair & Beauty Award


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