Off-Site Curriculum

DSC08349A copy of our curriculum statement is available here.

Forest School – Key Stage 3

Our Key Stage 3 students attend our Forest School which is situated in Leigh, Dorset. We follow the National Curriculum in English, Maths and Science, as well as teaching the students valuable outdoor skills. The students also have the opportunity to go Horse Riding as part of this provision. Please take a lot at their daily blog;


DT – Skills for Life

Our Design and Technology lessons, or Skills for Life, are based off site at Rylands Farm. Phil and Di use the workshop area to teach the students different types of skills and practical jobs.DSC08349


Our Monday group at WOEC are enjoying outdoor activities such as kayaking, sailing, rock hopping, team building activities and abseiling.  The students are given the opportunity to experience these activities based around the coast at Weymouth and Portland under the guidance of trained instructors, as well as enjoying the scenery and the outdoor life.

Rural Skills

We have strong links with Future Roots, a Care Farm in North Dorset. Many students attend in order to learn about farming and to spend time caring for the animals. Many also study for a City and Guilds qualification too.

Work experience

Year 10 and 11 students have the opportunity to attend a Work Experience placement as part of their provision.  They can attend a block placement, usually for one or two weeks, or an extended placement for one or two days a week, or a mixture of both.  The most popular placements for our students tend to be in mechanics or hairdressing, but placements can be found in any area of the World of Work, providing the companies pass a series of Health and Safety checks and the area of work is age appropriate.


A number of  Year 10 and 11 students are currently undertaking year long courses at Bournemouth and Poole Colleges, studying Art & Design, Beauty Therapy, Hairdressing, Caring for Others and Technical Skills Workshop. These courses will result in a unit towards an Edexcel Certificate and will help the students continue with these areas of study at post-16 should they wish to do so.


Some students have attended the week long SPARC (Safer People and Responsible Communities) course in February.  This project is run by Dorset Fire and Rescue Service for young people between the ages of 13-18.  The young people benefit by learning fire fighting skills, team building skills, build on their self esteem and learn fire and safety awareness as well as raising awareness of career oppportunities.


Many of our students go to the Building Skills Centre. Here they can learn all aspects of the construction trade and gain BTEC certificates or diplomas.


Equilibrium work with young people one to one in a wide variety of ways. Have a look at their website for a lot more info!


We use REACH youth workers to offer support and interventions to any students that we think will benefit from an alternative provision or project work. The students who take part are offsite for one day a week usually.