Ofsted Outstanding School


“The curriculum is outstanding. Pupils have access to all the national curriculum subjects. Teachers work extremely hard to provide bespoke learning programmes for each pupil. As a result, learning needs are effectively met and pupils increasingly enjoy their lessons and appreciate the value of their education. Learning is enhanced by an extensive range of trips, visits and cultural experiences, all carefully planned.”

“Pupils with a history of extremely challenging behaviour and significant mental health issues make outstanding progress from their starting points. A creatively designed curriculum and personalised learning programme for each pupil ensure their needs are met exceedingly well.”

“Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is threaded successfully throughout the curriculum. The school’s core values: “The belief that all young people should be inspired to develop their talents and skills; to be challenged to strive to be the best they can be, but above all develop a thirst for learning that will stay with them throughout their lives” are tangible across the school.”  Ofsted January 2016

The Libra School offers a curriculum based upon the National Curriculum differentiated when required to meet the needs of each child. Every child has an Individual Education Plan (IEP) which is reviewed half termly and an individual timetable and 1:1 Support and Intervention Plan also reviewed half-termly, designed to focus on the child’s difficulties identified by the annual Educational Psychologist’s assessment of the child. 

Timetabled Academic subjects:

English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Computing, Cooking & Nutrition, French, PE, Design & Technology, Art & Design, PSHE, Citizenship, Music (including piano and guitar tuition).

If you would like to see our comprehensive Curriculum Policy please contact the school office for a copy:


01598 740044

Timetabled Therapeutic Interventions:

The Libra School is a Thrive school where the emotional stability of a child is of paramount importance. Only with emotional stability can children develop and achieve. The school has 2 Licensed Thrive Practitioners and 2 professional Creative Art Therapists. Creative Art Therapy and Thrive Interventions are regular timetabled activities for all children.

More information on therapeutic interventions please click here. 

Enhanced curriculum areas timetabled:

Forest School

“Forest School is an inspirational process that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve, develop confidence and self-esteem, through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees. Forest School is a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education.”

There are 6 key principles to ‘Forest School’ practice:

  • Forest School is a long- term process with frequent and regular sessions rather than a one-off visit. Planning, adaption, observations and reviewing are integral elements of Forest School.
  • Forest School takes place in a woodland or natural wooded environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.
  • Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners
  • Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.
  • Forest School is run by qualified Forest School Practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.
  • Forest School uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for development and learning.

Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education (climbing, kayaking, horse riding, mountain biking, canoeing, orienteering, surfing, coasteering, skiing, snowboarding, windsurfing, hiking) is an integral part of our curriculum. Outdoor activities are an excellent way for children to develop confidence, resilience and self-esteem. Activities that challenge children to push themselves to achieve beyond their expectations are hugely beneficial to the social and emotional growth of the child.

Skill Force

The SkillForce Way is about inspiring young people to succeed. It is inspired by the values, skills and experiences of their ex-Forces instructors and staff. Over 70% of their instructors have a Services background. They apply their knowledge, skills and values in the classroom to engage young people and inspire them to succeed.

Their mission is to inspire young people to achieve at school and succeed in life.

They achieve their Mission The SkillForce Way because…

Their professional approach is heavily influenced by their people. SkillForce employs high quality instructors with a wealth of skills and life experience.

In many cases, this expertise has been earned through service with our armed forces in all parts of the world. Having served their country they are now serving their communities.

 Working with our Students in the SkillForce Way, the Instructors:

  •  are positive and empathetic role models.
  • bring with them the Values  of a Service background. These Values (Discipline, Selflessness, Courage, Resilience, Dedication, Loyalty, Dependability, and Respect) are the principles that our instructors use to guide and develop our students, irrespective of their background.
  • Instill a positive attitude by engaging, preparing and developing the children. Their instructors use activity-based learning in the classroom and activities beyond it to inspire the children and raise levels of achievement.
  • place the needs and achievement of the children at the heart of their approach and celebrate their success.

Through delivering their programme The SkillForce Way, the Instructors:

  • use nationally recognised qualifications and awards in England, Scotland and Wales as tools to  deliver positive outcomes for the children, in “classrooms without walls”.
  • embed numeracy, literacy and employability skills.
  • embed the Young Foundation Framework of Outcomes for Young People (Communications, Confidence and Agency, Planning and problem Solving, Relationships and Leadership, Creativity, Resilience and Determination); and in Scotland, the principles of Getting It Right for Every Child.
  • instill a positive ethos through challenging, inspirational and inclusive programmes.
  • deliver the SkillForce Prince’s Award. Supported by their Royal Patron, the SkillForce Prince’s Award recognises the contribution that young people make to their communities. It is a unique opportunity for the young people we work with, recognising excellence and rewarding those who have been inspired to succeed.