Learning

At Queen’s Croft we recognise that the operating environment within the school affects the quality and degree of students’ learning and potential outcomes. Our teachers and TAs are highly trained to work with young people with a range of complex needs and are committed to empowering and enriching their lives, giving them every opportunity to make progress towards fulfilment and independence. This means that every learner has their own curriculum built specifically for them based on their skills and desired outcomes. It is broad, in that it covers all aspects of their development, and it is balanced in that it weighs up, specifically for them, the input that is needed.

Our teachers use a variety of different teaching methods (e.g. direct instruction, problem-based learning, cooperative learning, experiential learning, small group and whole class discussions) and make adjustments for different learning styles (e.g. visual, verbal, physical, logical, social, solitary) providing opportunities for all students to learn effectively.

Maintaining and communicating high expectations for all students is a critical feature of classrooms that support effective learning. As a school we recognise that all students need challenging subject matter to remain engaged in learning. Using formative and summative assessments in a systematic manner provides valuable information to students and significantly improves learning and achievement. Teachers set objectives and provide regular feedback (including praise) on student progress.

At Queen’s Croft, creating an atmosphere in which diversity is respected and individual differences are appreciated contributes to student success and resilience. Treating social and emotional learning as a valuable and teachable subject contributes to a positive classroom context and supports academic learning. Fostering positive relationships within the classroom contributes to substantial improvements in student outcomes. Not only do we help each child fulfil their true potential while they are here, but we also take great care in preparing them for life beyond Queen’s Croft and help them and their families to find the best educational placements or employment, when they leave us, so they may lead as full and independent lives as possible.

Careers

Careers

Supporting our students in the next stages of their education, training, or employment whilst preparing for adulthood is an important part of our focus at Queen’s Croft.

Queen’s Croft Careers Leader
Jane Bradbury – email: j.bradbury@queenscroft.staffs.sch.uk or telephone 01543 227245 to request a call back

Governor with responsibility for Careers – Marcus Simmons – m.simmons@queenscroft.staffs.sch.uk

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Careers in the Classroom

Teachers at Queen’s Croft strive to bring their subject to life and linking careers to learning in the classrooms.

We do this by:

  • Engaging with  external providers to support lessons
  • Demonstrating and guiding transferable skills such as communication skills.
  • Guiding career aspirations by supporting pupils with subjects that will help form their chosen career.
  • Using real life scenarios to familiarise students with a variety of jobs and careers
  • Displays around school showing different Career options.

BBC Bitesize Careers page has more about information about careers linked to school subjects, click here to visit their webpage.

The National Careers Service has more information about your favourite subjects and the careers these can link to.  Use the link to explore the possible career pathways that you could move onto after Queen’s Croft, you can also see how much you could earn and what the role might look like!

Use the posters below to see which careers some of your favourite subjects could lead to! – please note that we do not offer all the subjects shown.

 

Exams

During a young person’s time here at Queen’s Croft, they may be entered for various formal qualifications or awards to support their journey in to adulthood.

There are many different levels and types of qualification that we are able access to ensure the young person has the most appropriate outcome from their education and journey onwards.

These qualifications/awards take place at different times of the year, with GCSE exams always taking place in the summer term.

Students (candidates) will receive a Statement of Entry that will show the subjects and level of qualification/award they have been entered for.

Exam Officer: Mr Daniel Rogers

Exam Administrator: Mrs Alison Hunt

Head of Centre: Dr Debbie Bailey

Outstanding Results!

We are incredibly proud of our amazing students who have overcome so many obstacles. Our students have achieved so much in what has been a very difficult and challenging few years, they have shown great tenacity and resilience.

Our results this year have been an outstanding achievement for our pupils and will give them a firm foundation on which to build their futures.

100% of our Y11 who were entered for a GCSE qualification have achieved the qualification.

91% of our Y11 students have achieved a nationally recognised qualification in Maths.

88% of our Y11 students have achieved a nationally recognised qualification in English.

Some pupils have exceeded their predicted grade, with achievements of Grade 8 in Art and Grade 5 in Biology.

These achievements are in addition to the many additional nationally recognised qualifications that our pupils have been able to access.

Headteacher Dr Debbie Bailey commented “All of our students have additional needs and the staff team work incredibly hard to help them to overcome them. We work closely with parents and families to individualise support to students. We are thrilled to be celebrating success for so many student’s today. We are confident that this will give them a firm foundation on which to build their futures”

Parent comments include

“It has been an horrendous tome over the last few years. However, he has got his head down and got on with it. With the support from school we are very proud of what he has achieved”

“We are really, really pleased with what they have achieved and exceeds what we hoped for”

Examination Policies

Link to School Policies for Examinations

Instructions for Candidates

This is a link to an animation that shows the regulations for candidates sitting examinations.

It is important that you familiarise yourself with the expectations to avoid malpractice.

Your teachers will also speak with you about your expected conduct in exam conditions.

Dealing With Exam Stress

It is normal to feel a bit worried about exams, especially if you’re under pressure from school or family.

Exam stress can cause you to feel anxious or depressed, and this might affect your sleeping or eating habits.

Watch for signs of stress

Children and young people who are stressed may:

  • worry a lot
  • feel tense
  • have headaches and stomach pains
  • not sleep well
  • be irritable
  • lose interest in food or eat more than normal
  • not enjoy activities they previously enjoyed
  • be negative and have a low mood
  • feel hopeless about the future

If you are feeling this way, please speak to your parents/carers, your class teachers or any other trusted adults. You may also find the links below useful:

Young Minds
NHS – Exam Stress 
Mentally Healthy Schools
Ofqual
Student Minds
Childline

School Council

Information about our School Council

School Council

Queen’s Croft Councillors are elected by their peers. Each academic year every form group, except those with the most complex needs, elects a member of School Council to represent the views of the form about school matters and wider issues.

We meet at least once a month, to discuss topics relevant to school development, and students are encouraged to share views and raise questions from their peer group. We discuss challenges and look for solutions. School Council offers the opportunity to discover the ideas, thoughts and opinions of our learners, and to give them a voice. New developments can be shared and discussed with School Council and cascaded to the wider school. We are respectful of everyone’s views and contributions. A small budget is available for School Council initiatives.

School Councillors also represent our school on a number different occasions, from interviewing prospective members of staff, meeting with governors, opening new facilities with guests of honour, to showing visitors around our school. They are active ambassadors of Queen’s Croft.

Queen's Croft High School

Birmingham Road, Lichfield,
Staffordshire WS13 6PJ

Call us on

01543 227245 and speak to Mrs Hunt, Mrs Hodgkiss or Mrs Blakemore in the administration office

Email us at

 office@queenscroft.staffs.sch.uk