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Upper (Post-16) School

The 16-19 curriculum promotes each learner’s personal and social development through:

  • Learning skills of communication, literacy, numeracy and information and communication technology.
  • Promoting self-advocacy or the use of a range of systems of supported advocacy.
  • Preparing learners for an adult life in which they have the greatest possible degree of autonomy and support them in having relationships with mutual respect and dependence on each other.
  • Applying their previous knowledge, skills and experiences in new situations.
  • Maintaining and reinforcing the knowledge, skills and understanding introduced in the earlier stages by applying these in different areas and introducing new learning.
  • Developing their confidence in their capacity to learn and work independently and collaboratively.
  • Using initiative.
  • Taking responsibility for themselves and their actions.
  • Developing their abilities, interests and aptitudes.
  • Developing the highest expectations of themselves.
  • Developing their physical skills and encouraging them to recognise the importance of pursuing a healthy lifestyle and keeping themselves and others safe.

Learners aged 16-19 years follow a curriculum designed to support the development of key sills in a range of community contexts under the broad headings of: Core Subjects/Functional Skills, PSHE, Independence Skills, Leisure and Wellbeing, Vocational/Work skills, Physical Fitness/Orientation and Mobility. Documents for post 14 and post 16 curriculum have been considered and provided material to be incorporated into the planning e.g. ‘Opportunity and Excellence, 14-19, DFES.

Post 16 Areas of Learning:

Core Subjects/Functional Skills

  • Communication
  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • ICT


  • Personal Care and Hygiene
  • Health
  • Personal Safety
  • Drug Education
  • Sex and Relationship Education
  • Citizenship

Leisure and Wellbeing

  • Leisure activities, e.g. Ten Pin Bowling, Theatres, eating out, etc
  • Outdoor Pursuits, e.g. Grangewaters, Lambourne End
  • Massage
  • Creative Arts, e.g. Art, Pottery, Drama, Dance, Music

Vocational and Work Skills

  • Work Experience
  • Work Ethics
  • Work Related Learning incl. Horticulture
  • College Links (Post 16 only)
  • Enterprise

Physical Fitness, Orientation and Mobility

 Independence Skills

  • Travel Training
  • Food Preparation, Cooking and Domestic Skills
  • Budgeting


Work Experience

Individual strengths and needs are continually assessed in order to plan appropriate teaching and learning experiences. In consultation with the parents/carers some learners will have opportunities to undertake work experience within the school, e.g. kitchen, office, grounds. For others we will endeavour to use opportunities within the wider community, e.g. Restaurants, Cafes, Shops, Offices and Wildlife Centres. ‘Work Taster’ sessions are planned for throughout the year by visiting local trade’s people in the community and inviting them in to school.