Following agreed referral, pupils and their families are visited at home by the Assistant Headteacher (Inclusion) usually together with the STARS Senior Social Worker. At this meeting a plan for the pupil’s education is agreed with the parents/carers.
Wherever possible the aim is to reintegrate pupils into mainstream provision, either into a school, or into post-16 provision. We work closely with other agencies such as, the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), Sutton Borough School Attendance Service (BSAS) as well as local schools, colleges and training centres. This multi-agency approach enables us to provide the best education to meet the needs of all our pupils.
Tuition at STARS for KS3 (Years 7, 8 and 9) and KS4 (Years 10-11) is provided at the Drapers’ Centre in Carshalton. Whilst at the Drapers’ Centre pupils are offered a GCSE programme of study in English, Maths and Science with additional choices from subjects including Art, ICT, Preparation for Working Life, Creative iMedia, Business Studies and BTEC Awards in Sport, Home Cooking Skills, Hair and Beauty and NFCE (VCert) in Food and Cookery. Included in the timetable are PSHE and a comprehensive enrichment programme which includes sporting and outdoor activities, cooking, music and drama.
Teaching is normally in small groups. However for those pupils who are unable to access groups at the centre, we offer a reduced programme of study focusing on English, Science and Maths either in the local libraries or in exceptional circumstances in the pupil’s home.
In addition to GCSEs, AQA Unit Awards provide an additional award scheme for pupils. The awards are mainly used in the enrichment subjects and, although not an accredited qualification, they encourage motivation and provide opportunity for pupils to build up a portfolio showing the skills, knowledge and experience they have gained.