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Upper Secondary

We support students to raise their aspirations and develop life skills

Upper Secondary (14 – 19 years)

Within key stage 4 and 5, through the Conductive Education framework we support students to raise their aspirations and develop the skills needed for adult life, optimizing their future life chances and enabling them to become as independent as possible in:

  • Communication – to ensure all our young people are able to express their views, choices and opinions, as well as have a say on their future and direct those who support them
  • Physical skills and ability – to maximise potential and enable students to continue to be as active as possible
  • Cognition – emphasis is placed on developing the functional use of skills, as well as promoting critical thinking and a love of learning
  • Emotional and mental well-being – developing a resilience and sense of self-worth to tackle the challenges of adulthood

Our person-centred approaches identify what is important to our young people and enable personalised learning and support programmes to be developed which empower them to follow their own long-term goals and aspirations. Emphasis is placed on developing the functional use of skills learnt in earlier key stages and each student has a bespoke curriculum which allows them to progress to their individual potential.

Additionally, we provide flexible opportunities for accreditation, such as ASDAN Towards Independence, Transition Challenge, Personal Progress; City and Guilds entry level award and certificate in Effective Augmentative and Alternative Communication, as well as English and maths entry level certificates and GCSEs, to ensure our students achieve nationally recognised qualifications to reflect their ability and promote self-esteem and confidence.

Ensuring individuals are able to communicate and interact within society is key, so when students move into sixth form, a range of opportunities are provided to support the development of these skills, which include community visits, college link courses and work experience.

Our skilled transdisciplinary team work together to support our young people, and their families, as they move into adulthood. This includes understanding the principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 to prepare and support our young people in making important decisions about their future.

There is a discretionary bursary available to sixth form students – for information on how to apply see Information for Pupils and Parents.