Curriculum


Please click here to view the curriculum framework for the ARC. Shaftesbury High School’s Autism policy is available here.

Shaftesbury High School ARC caters for students who have been assessed as being on the Autistic Spectrum, and would benefit from access to additional support. Whatever the child’s abilities, we work together to provide support for all students with opportunities to thrive, to learn, and to make the most of all of their skills and talents. The curriculum for ARC students is modified to focus on communication, behaviour and social interaction. Emphasis is also given to developing life skills.

Please click here to see the curriculum for the ARC in the summer 2016 term.

Please click here to see the ARC action plan for 2015-2020 updated in January 2017.

Our Aims:

  • To provide personalised learning support for students with a diagnosis of autism, meeting all of their individual needs and preparing them to live as independent adult life as possible; so that they can become productive and happy members of society.
  • To offer additional resources towards a broad, balanced and dynamic curriculum individually tailored to promote the academic, personal and social development of each individual student.
  • To provide structures and strategies to enable students with a diagnosis of autism to achieve their academic, personal and social potential.
  • To promote self esteem and self worth at all times.
  • To facilitate the integration of students with a diagnosis of autism in all areas of school life where, and whenever it is deemed beneficial and appropriate for all the students.
  • To liaise with parents and external agencies where appropriate and in conjunction with the SENCO and class tutor. To help ensure the continuity of students’ needs are met in the wider community.
  • To promote and extend awareness and understanding of students with a diagnosis of autism within the school.


Please click here to view our curriculum statement.


Please click here to view a PDF that shows why our curriculum is outstanding in meeting the needs of students at Shaftesbury.


Please click here to view our curriculum poster.


Please click here to view our curriculum offer.