Welcome to the sixth form area. The information here is intended to give you an oversight of the provision for post 16 users and their families.
It is our aim to make sure that our students will enjoy their time with us - having fun but also working hard. We provide a menu of opportunities with a view to broadening the experiences of our young people, often taking them out of their comfort zone in order to stretch their potential.
Our Sixth Form has been purpose built to support the development of independence and there are specialised work and life skills related rooms as well as individual classroom bases. The central living area is a fantastic social and work related space that provides students with opportunities to work on developing their skills for independent living.
Our Vision and Aims
Stubbin Wood Sixth Form is recognised by OFSTED as being outstanding. It is a place where we prepare the students in life skills and employability skills, functional English, Maths and ICT. We endeavour to make the transition from school to adulthood as seamless and enjoyable as possible. The focus is on equipping our young people with the skills they will need in order to be as independent as they possibly can in their adult life. There is a strong focus on work related learning and the development of employability skills. We strive to ensure that learners are given the best chances of achieving a meaningful and fulfilled life both within school and beyond.
As well as the world of work, community participation is a key aspect of our curriculum. Young people spend a large proportion of their time off site, learning in a practical context. Examples include accessing public transport to undertake a shopping trip, or visiting a local café to place their own orders and take responsibility for handling their own money.
These practical sessions are supported further in school within accredited functional skills courses in English, Maths and ICT. Students are also provided with the opportunity to gain accreditation in a range of vocational courses, based on their own interests and personal career goals. Our focus on the development of skills for independent living is also recognised through accreditation.
We have high expectations of our learners in 6th Form and they are expected, as much as possible, to take on more responsibility for themselves. Independence is encouraged at every step.
We understand that some pupils may need elements of a more sensory, experiential based curriculum, and therefore continue to offer access within our mixed Key stage 4 and 5 group to external therapists, along with our light and dark sensory rooms, hydrotherapy pool and motor learning. We offer individualised curriculums and timetables in order to make sure every pupils needs are met.
The Sixth Form Curriculum
In the Sixth Form, learning is about gaining experience, awards and qualifications. Each student will follow a course appropriate to their abilities and interests.
We follow courses that focus on:
Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT
Personal Social Development
Work Related Learning
Independent living skills (shopping, cooking, cleaning and budgeting).
Our courses are enriched with:
Work Experience (both on and off site)
Sport and Leisure
Environmental Studies / Outdoor Learning
Links with specialist providers
Stubbin Wood POTENTIAL
At Stubbin Wood we believe that there are a number of key priorities which need to be embedded throughout our curriculum offer if students are going to achieve success and reach their potential, these are;
Into employment for Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
Dukes Barn - The students are moving topsoil to build a fire pit, raking leaves and sorting wood to create a log pile.
The students have been working with Adam Case, one of the Shirebrook Academy music staff, on a short performance piece.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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