Drumbeat Brockley is being developed in to a purpose built 14-19 campus for Drumbeat’s older students.
The new building currently accommodates Key Stage 4 classes and includes an independent living flat that enables students to practice the skills that will be most important to them when moving on.
The larger campus building is being re-developed to provide a new library, offices, meeting room, a welcoming lobby, safer entrance and an Outreach Team Centre. Work is expected to be completed by Autumn half term.
We have joint assemblies for the whole campus where we might explore a theme, present student work or celebrate achievements. We have a number of new initiatives for this year including a healthy eating tuck shop, a visiting dance tutor and extended music and sports opportunities. We share the campus with the school’s Outreach Service, so there are always a number of parents and professionals from other schools and agencies in the Local Authority visiting.
KEY STAGE 4
In Key Stage 4 the curriculum covers a range of areas. Pupils are class based for most subjects to provide stability and a minimal amount of transition. The KS4 curriculum includes Physical Education, Religious Education, Personal, Health and Social Education (including Sex and Relationships), Science, Music and Computing. Students study English and mathematics in regular weekly lessons. Within some of these subjects, we offer students accreditation at different levels. On two afternoons each week students are in options groups chosen by the students at the end of year 9. They are able to choose two options to study for two years. These currently include Media, Food Technology, Music, Child Care. Sensory Fun and Arts Award. These are mainly accredited courses so pupils may gain a qualification at the end of the two year course. Every Wednesday classes take part in a project-based day where topics and activities are very pupil led. Pupils can work on areas of the curriculum that they are particularly interested in and form part of their Personalised Plan and there are plenty of opportunities for Learning Outside the Classroom, for example we link up with the Young Lewisham Project to do Design Technology. Students take part in Work Experience and the school has built up a number of contacts and placements in partnership with the Lewisham Work Experience Team. The school’s work experience coordinator endeavours to match student’s aspirations and interests with their placement.
The Drumbeat 6th form is an exciting place to be as students bridge the gap into young adulthood. We have great experiences on school journeys, at work experience and learning to travel independently in and around the local area. Year 14’s and some other students have a weekly college link as they prepare for a move onto college. The staff support students to be as independent as possible in their varied weekly timetables and there is a hands-off, but supportive approach to learning so that students learn to do things for themselves as far as possible. All 6th Form students cook their own lunch in our purpose built Food Technology room at least once a week. We have valuable community and work experience links such as links with 'Jamii Cafe' and 'For Jimmy', which enable students to find out about the world of work and practice independence skills in real situations and environments.
Acting Deputy Headteacher