Key Stage Four

The Key Stage 4 Curriculum has been developed within the framework of Springfield School’s Vision, Values and Aims. We aim to ensure that pupils are ready for leaving school, transition to further education, work and life as young adults. Through each area of the curriculum we aim to teach them:

  • to achieve as high a degree of independence as possible
  • to acquire, develop, practice, apply and extend their skills and understanding
  • to develop personal interests and capabilities

The Key Stage 4 Curriculum is delivered at our secondary school site, by using community facilities and through links with Abingdon and Witney College. The pupils are able to learn new skills, develop existing skills and also further understanding of previously learnt skills and knowledge in real life situations. We place particular emphasis on Personal, social, health and citizenship education in order to prepare pupils for life as young adults and to engender as much independence as possible.


Pupils work towards Units from the AQA Unit Award Scheme across all areas of the curriculum. The units are chosen from the library available on the AQA website, or if no suitable units are available we are accredited to write our own. The units are chosen to match the needs and abilities of individual students. The scheme provides pupils with certificates to show the skills learnt and are a useful tool to show future placements and employers.

Where appropriate pupils can work towards entry level certificates in conjunction with the Wood Green Achievement Centre at Wood Green Secondary School.


Through community and partnership learning the pupils have the opportunity to work with a range of other young people and new adults. Our link with Wood Green Secondary School can provide individual and group integration for specific subjects or tutor groups’ integration. The schools participate in shared activities and use both schools’ resources and rooms.

Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme

Springfield School launched a Duke of Edinburgh Awards Programme for Key Stage 4 pupils in 2016. Pupils have the opportunity to take part in an annual expedition of canoeing a stretch of the Thames over two days with an overnight camp. Our expeditions are delivered by D of E approved activity providers, Adventure Plus.

Pupils also complete a volunteering section of the D of E Awards Scheme. This year they have been working on sourcing donations for the West Oxfordshire Food Bank.

There is huge amount of value in a DofE Award to a young person. The personal and non-competitive nature of a DofE programme means that participants from different and diverse starting points can be equally proud of achieving a certificate based on their personal challenge and journey. Every section of a DofE programme gives young people an opportunity to be independent, self-sufficient and to be challenged as an individual.