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Sixth Form

Curriculum Overview- Sixth Form

At St. Dominic’s, our focus is on providing students with a range of opportunities in order to enable them to reach their full potential and live life to the full.  We do this by offering a holistic, therapeutic Sixth Form with a focus on developing independent living and by following one of three designated pathways. For Sixth form these are Independence and progression, Further/Higher Education and World of Work.

Therapy support is either tailored to meet individual need, through 1:1 support or blended into the curriculum. Through this, students are able to develop their functional skills in travel, shopping, cooking and money management as well as their social skills, which include developing relationships with others, personal safety and how to use free time constructively.

Sixth Form students are encouraged to be good role models for the younger pupils and to foster community awareness. This is achieved through Student Voice, Sixth Form mentoring opportunities and Equality Champions. Additionally students become involved with setting up and managing school projects including charity initiatives – such as with MacMillan.

How is the curriculum delivered?

All students will follow one of the three designated pathways during their time in our 6th Form. These are designed to extend their strengths and offer support for their areas of development.  Students will work towards accredited qualifications, ranging from Entry Level 3 to Level 3.The emphasis is on developing skills for employment and independent living, which is offered through accredited qualifications and work experience.

Students are assessed regularly to check progress and support their learning. This is done using some formalised assessment, teacher observation and feedback and SAVI, our in house monitoring system. Individual interventions are also offered where appropriate to support students to be able to access the curriculum. These include counselling, ELSA, numeracy and literacy support.

The Sixth Form curriculum is tailored more specifically to student need, their next steps and areas of strength and interest. We offer a range of qualifications at Entry Level 3 to Level 3. Subjects we offer currently are: English, Maths, Science, History, Sport, PE, Art, Creative Media, Construction, IT, Performing Arts, Photography, Land Based Studies, Food and Cooking, Forest School, Careers, Independence and Employability and a bespoke Needs Led Curriculum.

Qualifications offered are Entry Level, LASER, Functional Skills, GCSE, BTEC, AS, and A Level. In addition to this, students can access a range of extra-curricular options including Work Experience, GASP motor project and Duke of Edinburgh Award.

We have a broad curriculum which will be further enhanced when we move into our new premises which is projected for completion during the spring of 2022. This will coincide with the completion of our new Sixth Form centre.

Detailed curriculum maps for individual subjects are located under Subject Overview on the Curriculum tab.

 What are the Sixth Form pathways?

The Discover Pathway

Independence and Progression

 

 

 

The cohort whose strengths lie predominantly within the practical side of our offer will be following this pathway designed to maximise these skills. They will continue to study Maths and English if they have not achieved a GCSE a grade 4 or equivalent L2 qualification and will also choose 2 Options which will lead to qualifications.

The Endeavour Pathway

Further/Higher Education –

 

 

 

This group of students will be pursuing a more broadly academic based curriculum with a view to accessing an additional academic setting post St. Dominic’s. They will have the opportunity to study a limited range of subjects at A Level alongside BTEC qualifications and additional GCSEs.  There will also be the opportunity to re-sit core GCSEs in English, Maths and Science should this be necessary.

The Innovate Pathway

World of Work

 

 

 

Our Year 14 students will be encouraged to follow our World of Work pathway, which utilises the services of Surrey Choices to introduce them to a Supported Internship and a three-day per week work placement. This runs alongside 2 days per week within school to enhance their academic qualifications. It will also include access to the Needs Led and Independence and Employability curriculum.

What lessons are offered?

Year 12

Subject Discover Endeavour Innovate
Independence & progression Further/higher Education World of Work
English – FS/GCSE/A Level/Psychology 4 4
Maths/Sociology GCSE 4 4
Biology resit/ AS Science/A Level history
A Level English/ A Level Computing 4
Independence and Employability 3 2
Needs Led Curriculum 3 2
Performing Arts/ Construction/ Art 4 4
Food and Cooking/Creative Media/Sport 4 4
PE/Forest School 4 4
Therapy 2
Leisure Curriculum 1 1

 

Year 13

Discover Endeavour Innovate
Subject Independence & progression Further/higher Education World of Work
English – FS/GCSE/A Level/Psychology/History 4 4
Maths/Sociology GCSE 4 4
Independence and Employability 3 4
Needs Led Curriculum 3 2
Performing Arts/ Construction/ Art 4 4
Food and Cooking/Creative Media/Sport 4 4
PE/Forest School 4 4
Therapy 2
Guided Learning for A Level subjects 2
Leisure Curriculum 1 1

 

Year 14

Discover Endeavour Innovate
Subject Independence & progression Further/higher Education World of Work
English – FS/GCSE/ History 2
Maths/ Cooking 2
Independence and Employability 2
Needs Led Curriculum 2
PE/Forest School                   2
WEX Surrey Choices 18
Leisure Curriculum 1

What extra-curricular learning is available?

During their Sixth Form journey, students have the opportunity to take part in Work Experience and to improve their functional competencies in areas such as travel skills and accessing the community.

On a Friday afternoon, we run a ‘leisure curriculum’. This is an opportunity for students to take part in a wide range of activities and develop new skills. Through leisure activities, students learn how to self-manage during periods of less structured time and, crucially, learning more about themselves and what they find enjoyable and fulfilling. These are essential skills for mindfulness and enrichment. Within Sixth Form, this largely gives the students the chance to socialise and to develop this all important facet of their characters.

 

My Son has made incredible progress emotionally and applies himself much better academically. The mentoring aspect is key to his progress.

 

 

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