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Our curriculum is designed to provide our young people with real, engaging, and positive experiences; supporting personal development and underpinned by an environment that is focused on community. As a specialist AP (Alternative Provision) Academy, we understand how important each individual is to their own Learning Journey and that is why we place them directly at the centre.


At Cranbury College Primary, we offer a bespoke and individualised timetable to each of our pupils, in order to meet their specific needs. Each term is topic-based, which ensures cross-curricular learning.

Reading, writing and maths are taught on a 1:1 basis, at the appropriate level for the individual pupil. These lessons are taught in a variety of settings, which best suits the learning style of each student.

We use a variety of levelled reading books to teach reading and assess children using bench marking and teacher assessment. We have Collins Big Cat books and other reading schemes. We will use books that are of interest to the individual. We use a variety of resources to engage children in reading.

Phonics is based around letters and sounds and is taught in phases. We use each child’s previous experience of a phonics scheme to continue their learning, due to each child having had a different introduction to phonics in their mainstream setting.

Maths is taught following the White Rose scheme which works alongside the National Curriculum. We identify gaps in knowledge and use a variety of strategies to fill these.

We offer a vast range of alternative curriculum activities, which meet the emotional, social and mental health requirements of our pupils.

Including therapeutic interventions such as:

  • Massage
  • Music therapy
  • Drama
  • Pay therapy
  • Equine therapy
  • Animal farm
  • Art therapies

Mentoring support and team building activities include:

  • Reading Football Club
  • Drama
  • Boxing
  • Gardening at MERL
  • Brickies (Lego construction)
  • Outdoor sculpture
  • Blue Coats (swimming and climbing)
  • Autoskills (mechanics programme)
  • The Outpost at Reading Play (team building and self-esteem raising)

In addition to this, as part of our curriculum we also offer:

  • Cooking
  • Art
  • Science
  • IT
  • DT
  • History
  • Geography
  • PSHE
  • Sport
  • Variety of off-site Enrichment trips and visits

We are constantly looking for new and exciting opportunities to engage our students.

For further information about what students will be studying and the options that are available to them please download our Curriculum Statement.

KS1 and KS2 SATS are offered to students who progress sufficiently to attempt them.

Contact: Sue Walker (email: