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Special Needs

Our KS4 vocational programme encompasses students between the ages of 14 – 16 years of age.  It is designed to be relevant and interesting with the intention to reward and motivate learners and improve their opportunities.


Year 12 students participating in practical work


In KS4 we build on the strong foundation already laid in KS3 and the curriculum is offered at each individual child’s level and pace to help develop our students as a whole. 
The aim of the vocational programme is to deliver academic and confidence building opportunities that will help our students prepare for life as an adult.  Pupils within the programme experience a wide range of exciting challenges during the two years of study. The structured and caring environment helps pupils reach their individual potential.
Our varied KS4 V.P. curriculum reflects the range of abilities of our pupils. It will provide them with the knowledge, skills and understanding needed for functional everyday living and to help prepare them for the world of work.


Curriculum areas

Students may complete accredited qualifications in the following areas:

  •  CoPE - Certificate of Personal Effectiveness
  •  Essential Skills Literacy (Entry 1 - 3) and Communication (Level 1 - 2)
  •  GCSE Art and Design or GCSE Contemporary Crafts
  •  GCSE Functional Mathematics
  •  GCSE Occupational Studies
  •  OCN Applied Science
  •  OCN Information Technology Applications
  •  Prince’s Trust Achieve Programme - Personal Development and Employability
  •  Religious Education

Within the V.P. stream of study we aim to assist each pupil flourish by having:

  • All staff trained in catering for the needs of SEN pupils
  • Small class sizes with teaching assistants to support pupils in class and around the school
  • Accredited courses designed to help our pupils achieve success
  • Active learning and a hands on approach to study
  • Activities to develop socially as well as academically
  • Close partnership with careers services and Education Authority Transition Officers
  • Work experience in Year 11 to gain valuable skills in a suitable local business environment. (This experience is very rewarding and gives pupils a greater insight into a post 16 career.)

Small class sizes mean pupils get a high level of attention and will thrive in this environment


Orchardville Society partnership

This academic year we have been liaising closely with the Orchardville Society. They visit Blackwater on a Friday morning to further support our Year 12 V.P. students to prepare for a job, learn new skills, and become more independent. The Employment and Skills partnership between Blackwater and Orchardville aims to support pupils to prepare for work and get a job which is right for them.
Experienced and supportive staff, work with our students to develop an individual action plan and programme of activities including preparing for independent travel and money management.  There are also opportunities for job tasters, further work experience and volunteering and transition workshops.  These workshops focus on practical preparation and planning for leaving school tailored to the individual needs of each young person.  For more information please visit https://www.orchardville.com/.
Where can you get advice?
There is advice available from a range of people in school including:
 •  Principal – Mr Taylor
 •  Vice Principal/ Curriculum Coordinator – Ms Gilmore
 •  SENCO (Special Needs Coordinator) – Miss McCammon
 •  Vocational Programme teacher – Mr McClean
 •  KS4 Form Tutors – Ms. Mallon and Ms. Stott

Dedicated teachers will work with your child


At Blackwater Integrated College we aim to set the pace in delivering an appropriate, engaging, fun and individualised curriculum to our V.P. students, to enable them to best prepare for adult life.