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Sixth Form


Sixth Form Curriculum Statement


Our Sixth Form Curriculum builds upon individual starting points through our differentiated Pathways programme that is full of challenge and opportunity for all the students.


Learning Pathways are specifically designed to prepare our students for adulthood in a way that is appropriate to their needs and aspirations and to enable the highest level of independence for their journey through adulthood. Our Pathways range from Entry Level qualifications focused around personal progression and life skills, to GCSE’s, long term work placements and “light-touch support” for vocational qualifications in main-stream colleges.


The emotional wellbeing of our students is at the heart of all our Pathways.  SULP (Social Use of Language Programme) and designated LSAs provide additional support for the physical and mental wellbeing of each student. Lessons are practical, engaging, rewarding and realistic, providing a wealth of experiences that encompass the ethos of the school values. We create a secure and nurturing environment, where pupils are actively encouraged to reach their full potential in readiness for their future as meaningful and responsible adults within the wider community.


Numeracy remains an integral part of pupils’ learning and is embedded throughout focussed independent life skills work.  Pupils learn and apply mathematical skills both within school and the wider community, in theory and in practise. Some key themes are managing money and economic wellbeing, cooking for themselves and others, (including helping to run our onsite café), home and plant care, reading and using train timetables, and paying in shops.  It is our aim that all pupils learn to love Maths, appreciate its usefulness and leave school confident and able to use Maths to achieve their goals and be independent, confident and resilient young adults.


Reading and writing are embedded throughout the curriculum. Pupils are encouraged and supported in the use of fluent, fully structured sentences across the breadth of their Pathways curriculum.  Pupils develop their communication and reading skills in diverse settings, from reading menus and ordering food and drink in a cafe to working alongside colleagues during Work Experience and being able to recognise work-related Health & Safety signs.  Across the Key Stage, we aim to foster independence, empowerment and resilience by developing our pupils’ abilities to communicate effectively; encouraging them to become ambitious and aspirational in all that they do.


All pupils work towards Maths and English accreditations tailored to their needs and seamlessly continue their learning from Key Stage 4 to achieve Entry Level or GCSE qualifications by the end of their journey through Sixth Form.

At the end of their time in Sixth Form, our students leave ready and better equipped for their future, independent adult life. Students will have developed resilience to the challenges of every-day life and an enhanced understanding of managing their own mental health, either independently or through knowledge of resources available to help them.



Pathway 1


This Pathway has been designed to provide a highly structured curriculum for our students who benefit from a high level of intensive support and intervention.  Students experience a highly supportive and nurturing environment and are encouraged to transfer learnt skills from Key Stage 3 and 4 to a variety of real-life activities. We focus the curriculum around the functional elements of literacy and numeracy skills that students will need as they enter adulthood. They benefit from discreet learning of literacy and numeracy combined with a blended learning approach across the curriculum.  Blended learning enables students to overlearn skills and is delivered through a variety of opportunities including technology, practical activities and where appropriate written format. Repetition of skills encourages students to apply and develop confidence in their learning in a wide range of life activities.   This pathway benefits from a “Family Day” where students visit areas of our local community, engaging in shopping trips and local leisure facilities.


All students enjoy on-site work experience in The Wooden Spoon Café, learning skills in managing money, health and hygiene, food preparation, and customer service. By the end of year 3 students will have completed a vocational “Link Course” at college in readiness for their progression onto further supported education.


Students who leave Sixth Form will be fully prepared for an ongoing life of learning and enthused with a desire to be the best version of themselves that they could be.



Pathway 2 and 3


These Pathways have been designed for pupils who have a developing sense of independence and would benefit from up to 3 years of nurturing and preparation before taking their next steps to college or employment.  The curriculum is delivered in a learning environment that is positive, stimulating, challenging, motivating, rewarding and fun.  We develop enjoyment of learning, using a creative approach, encouraging high levels of achievement for all. As a direct result, our students develop high levels of personal self-confidence and self-esteem.


Pathway 2 and 3 pupils will have gained qualifications in numeracy and literacy at Key Stage 4 and are now looking to enhance these outcomes to further support college and job applications when they move on from the Sixth Form.


In addition to the English and Mathematics, students will continue to extend their Personal and Social Education through accredited courses covering a variety of topics that will ensure they confidently enter young adulthood; be that in a supported or independent environment.  Students develop their social skills, being able to make and maintain social relationships, whilst developing themselves and working towards goals (individually and as a group). 


All Students develop an extensive knowledge of how to practise health, safety and hygiene within a food preparation environment and be confident in how to prepare and serve food to others. They will understand that food is integral in remaining a healthy young adult.


Students have a firm foundation of knowledge regarding their own personal rights and responsibilities and will be actively encouraged to use and apply these on a daily basis, both within the school environment, in their community and beyond. Our experiential learning curriculum enables students to become confident in managing their own money through “Family Days” and residential visits providing opportunities to use these skills in ‘real life’.


Outside of the classroom environment students in Pathway 2 and 3 engage in a variety of experiences to enhance their own lives. They learn the importance of being able to travel safely and how to access a variety of public transport facilities.

Pupils are supported by our Moving-On Coordinator who ensures that all students complete a regular work experience placement and access link and vocational college courses.


Pathway 2 and 3 pupils will be confident young adults who look forward to their next steps in life and are fully prepared to access supported college courses as a stepping stone to job- related learning and employment.



Pathway 4


This Pathway has been designed to further support and develop our more independent students who are moving towards fully independent living, Level 1 and above, “main stream” college courses and employment, with options for supported internships and apprenticeships.


Students become confident and competent in independent cooking skills as well as the skills required to successfully care for a home, garden and world of work.  They will be adept and have a good understanding of how to make financial decisions including knowing what to expect from pay and payslips in their future careers.


Our Moving-On Coordinator organises Work Experience opportunities to enable students to fully understand the world of work and the expectations of being part of the wider community.  Students engage in other learning opportunities as necessary via outside agencies and will also be encouraged to take part in enterprise projects to enhance their understanding of how to raise money for a given charity.


Pathway 4 students will leave Sixth Form as fully prepared young adults, who are eager and ready to pursue the next step in their life journey and are equipped with the knowledge required in order to do this as independently as possible.




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