The Selworthy Sixth Form core aim is to prepare students for adulthood and this runs throughout the curriculum and individual learner outcomes, ensuring that students reach their full potential.
The Sixth Form has two differentiated pathways; Red 1 Class aims to prepare students for independent living, further education, training or employment. Red 2 Class is based on the principal of working towards being happy, healthy and safe and has a multi-sensory experiential approach where students learn and practice everyday life skills.
Students work towards a Foundation Learning personalised learning programme underpinned with at least one of the following qualifications:
- NOCN Pathways to Adulthood
- NOCN Independent Living
- NOCN Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development
- NOCN Functional Skills English and Maths
- NOCN Awards in English Skills and Maths Skills
At the heart of the Sixth Form is its links with the local community including the local library, businesses, college and community groups. The curriculum encourages students to be active in their community and where possible, learn in the community, allowing students to foster and maintain strong supportive networks within their own communities that continue beyond their school years into adulthood.
With an extensive vocational and careers curriculum at Selworthy, students are able to extend their cooking, gardening, enterprise and work-related learning skills within weekly Food Technology, Horticulture, Careers and Enterprise lessons. Many of our students access Endeavour2Achieve which is a unique furnished property based in Somerton which allows our students to apply their household and independent living skills in a non-educational setting. Students also take part in regular visits to the local supermarket to buy ingredients for their Food Technology lessons and snack times, where students use their money, social and teamwork skills whilst accessing the local community on the local public service bus. When able and appropriate, students also undertake Independent Travel Training. These lessons allow students to develop life skills which are also transferrable to the world of work.
All Sixth Form students take part in school based work experience which involves working alongside staff members in different job roles. Once ready, some students also take part in meaningful community based work experience and are fully supported by our staff which allows students to get their first taste of work. Some of our Sixth Form students also run The Beehive Café at the Conquest Centre based in Norton Fitzwarren on a Wednesday, whilst other students in the Sixth Form access the animal care and sensory opportunities which are also available at the centre.
The students develop their citizenship and global awareness through fundraising, charity events, volunteering and PSHE. We also have an active School Council where students can experience and understand the democratic process and take part in decision making that will impact not only on themselves but the whole school community.
Educational visits to a variety of venues are used to enhance and support the curriculum e.g. to places of interest, places of worship and places to prepare for adulthood. Visitors are invited into school to support teaching and learning. Students also take part in visits to local employers and businesses in order to develop vocational skills. Local employers are also encouraged to visit the school and to deliver workshops.
Selworthy School has many links with Post-19 providers which supports transitions. Many of our students actively take part in an extended transition to their future place of study or work. As part of our transition planning many of our Sixth Form students take part in a weekly School Links Programme with Bridgwater and Taunton College. This allows our students to learn in a new environment and begin preparing for their next steps.
We offer all of our students a high level of support through our high staffing levels. Some students receive one to one support where appropriate for their additional needs. The school works closely with a range of professionals including health professionals, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists and education support services e.g. educational psychologists, specialist teachers for children who are visually impaired or deaf/hearing impaired. We also have access to a range of internal intervention specialists such as sensory, music, speech and language and emotional literacy support assistants (ELSA), plus a range of specialist equipment and resources including physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and a specialist sensory room; these sessions are accessed based on students’ needs.
In September 2019, we will be opening a new purpose built specialist sixth form centre which will be located on our new Hazelbrook Campus site known as The Grove 6th Form Centre. This will include a purpose built apartment, two classrooms, a common room and a student-led café and shop (with the latter being open to the public). This new resource will make a real positive difference to our students’ sixth form experience, allowing them to acquire new skills, knowledge and experiences to prepare for adulthood.