The Sabden Multi-Academy Trust will ensure that The Workplace is industry driven; enables enterprise opportunities; is underpinned by rigour and supported by strong partnerships. Pupils will experience simulated work environments within six broad vocational areas. They will study valued vocational qualifications alongside traditional core academic subjects, as part of a broad and balanced curriculum.
Staff will model and promote appropriate behaviours and industry expectations. Pupils will wear work appropriate uniforms, adhere to Workplace behaviour standards, undertake probationary reviews and appraisals and will be supported to develop the characteristics required for success in The Workplace and beyond.
A local Further Education College will be commissioned to deliver some aspects of vocational provision at satellite sites in Newhaven and Eastbourne to ensure equity of access to provision across the county. Pupils will benefit from a wide range of experiences and support; underpinned by consistent practice, expectations and standards. The vocational learning environment will simulate work settings with high quality equipment and ‘pod’ classrooms with ICT capability for theory and assessment work.
Engagement with local communities through enterprise initiatives will be key: Weekly enterprise sessions will give pupils opportunities to consolidate their vocational learning through the practical application of their newly acquired knowledge and skills: For example; offering services to local groups (lunches, hair treatments or coaching sessions), technical competitions with local employers and social action projects.
Expectations will be high. Pupils referred to The Workplace will have barriers to accessing a mainstream curriculum and will benefit from an engaging, kinaesthetically focused, yet balanced curriculum with significant careers input and support. Key stage 3 pupils will return to their mainstream schools with renewed focus, aspiration and ambition. Key stage 4 pupils will progress at the end of year 11 with significant attainment, confidence and a thorough knowledge of the world of work and their place within this.
Outstanding practice from existing Sabden schools will underpin the rigours of the curriculum, teaching and learning, behaviour management and the pastoral system. High quality Maths, English and Science tuition will ensure pupils develop core knowledge and skills in these areas and can transfer them to industry settings. Pupils will benefit from significant expertise and the Sabden ethos of creating a warm, caring, stable, supportive environment in which all staff and pupils feel safe.
The Workplace will engage with the Careers and Enterprise Company’s Enterprise Advisor Scheme and will seek strategic support from employers to continuously develop the curriculum and wider offer in line with industry standards and local needs.
The main site in Bexhill will welcome school representatives, pupils and their parents/carers, employers and community from across East Sussex. The physical environment will set the tone of the Workplace as a high quality and aspirational Free School which supports all pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and characteristics required to thrive.