Hillside Special School

Hillside Special School
Sudbury, Suffolk


BRAVE Curriculum

Hillside offers a broad and varied curriculum for all children and young people. 

Our BRAVE Curriculum has been developed collaboratively, and in consultation with all stakeholders, designed specifically to support lifelong learning.

B - Bespoke

R - Reflective

A - Aspirational

V - Valuable

E - Engaging

BRAVE provides a Bespoke curriculum for individuals. Through continuous Reflection our curriculum intertwines Aspirational learning experiences that are Valuable and Engaging. Through the curriculum we maximise opportunities to develop Communication and Language Skills, Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Knowledge and Understanding of the World and Creative Arts. The valuable skills enable us to ‘Assess what we Value and Value what we Assess’ with a focus on learning skills that make a real difference to our pupils’ futures.  

Home and Community-Based Learning features on every child and young person’s timetable. We believe that the earlier we start social and independence building skills, the more chance at success we have for the future. Community-Based Learning experiences include basic travel training, visits to the local shops, horse riding and local amenities and events. For our younger children, we make visits that relate to early learning or mobility skills or visits to places that link to a topic or project.

Learning and social opportunities in the local community are reinforced to aid pupils to enter the world of work or help them to access independent or semi-independent living. Experiences for our older pupils include college placements, travel training, health and fitness, the exploration of new hobbies and interests as well as activities relating to independent living tasks and routines.

We work with a team of specialists that will offer targeted support, usually therapeutic, when required. They have access to our range of learning environments; hydrotherapy suite, therapy room and sensory room.

Our BRAVE Curriculum will:

  • be challenging for all
  • encourage reflective practice
  • stimulate effective questioning
  • provide opportunities for active learning
  • ultimately, raise achievement

For further information, please go to our Policies page to view our BRAVE Curriculum Policy.

If you have any queries about our BRAVE Curriculum, please contact Lizzi Murphy, Headteacher.