Staff and student planting vegetable
beds together

A contemporary curriculum

Grace Garden School’s curriculum is based on Ruskin Mill Trust’s Practical Skills Therapeutic Education (PSTE) approach to human development, which has been researched and established through more than thirty years of the Trust’s work with special needs children and young people.

The gardens and seasonal rhythms of the land provide the framework for the curriculum, bringing in maths, English, sciences and social skills, using practical activities to embed learning.

At Grace Garden School, children and young people are supported to learn as much as possible outside, participating in crafts, gardening and the exploration of nature. From these experiences our young people will come to understand the larger world and their place in it, along with the connections between themselves and their community.

The curriculum offer includes:

• Green woodwork
• Weaving and felting
• Pottery
• Horticulture
• Farming
• Kitchen

• Preserving and bottling
• Living skills
• Therapies
• Art history
• Performing arts
• Complementary therapies
• Sharing in community

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