6th Form

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Our Vision

“To equip and prepare all our students for adult life so that they can lead full and productive lives as members of their own community”

We will achieve this by:

* Providing a stimulating learning environment, where all students can access a range of exciting activities, designed to educate, stimulate and challenge.

* Creating an ethos in which everyone is valued and respected and where students are motivated, supported and encouraged to strive for success.

* Providing the highest quality of teaching and learning, through a skilled and appropriately trained and dedicated staff team.

* All students will access a range of accredited courses which will increase learning opportunities and raise achievements.

* Providing outstanding care, support and guidance for all our students through a caring and nurturing community resulting in their excellent behaviour and high quality personal development.

* Preparing our students for adult life by taking part in independence and self-help skills programmes.

* Where appropriate, some students will work towards gaining the skills necessary for further education or paid employment through a range of work related experiences, activities.

* Working in partnership with students, their families, professionals and local authorities, to prepare the leavers for life after Hope Wood.

Students identified Hope Wood Sixth Form as a place they come to learn, have fun, make friends and prepare to be adults.

Study Programme

Sixth Form Students at Hope Wood Academy follow a study programme. All students follow a programme that stretches them, prepares them for adulthood, and supports their progression into work or further study.

Our programme features academic learning, vocational study, personal and social development and work related learning.

Hope Wood Academy provides a range of appropriate learning opportunities in each of these areas.






















The Sixth form curriculum gives students access to specific PSE lessons each week; topics include personal care, drug and alcohol use, relationships, appropriate use of language, online safety and personal safety. Students are part of the decision-making process around what they want to cover.

Students benefit from having discussions such as ‘Why is it important to wear clean clothes?’, ‘You’re 18, is it acceptable for you to drink alcohol the night before coming to school?’, ‘When it is acceptable for you to touch yourself?’ And ‘What personal information do you give out online?’ Students are encouraged to think about the reasons for their answers and listen to the viewpoints of others, accepting that not everyone feels the same way about topics discussed. 

The programme is supported by specialist staff for example, the school nurse is available to support work on smoking, pregnancy and healthy eating. Healthworks, the local gym, have offered support and advice around healthy eating and the importance of a balanced diet. We are developing a link with Sports Works who are going to come into school and work with students on well-being, self-esteem and confidence alongside introducing them to a range of sporting activities. 

The delivery of PSE links to promoting independence by encouraging students to develop their own opinions and an understanding of the importance of being safe. Accessing the local community enables students to practice skills they have learned around personal safety as well as developing appropriate social skills.

Students will work towards accredited learning outcomes for topics including Personal Care and Hygiene, Drug and Alcohol Awareness, Eating a Balanced Diet, Health and Fitness, Personal Safety and Personal Presentation



image008 As part of their Study Programme students have specific English and Maths lessons to support their individual learning plans.

On entry to Sixth Form students complete a baseline assessment in Maths and English.

In Maths a baseline assessment to determine students working Maths age is completed. The assessment also provides data around key areas for development, this information is used to support their individual learning plan, where appropriate students will work towards Functional Skills awarded at Entry Level, Level One and Two.  Students will sit examination tests when assessed as being ready.

In English students complete Accelerated reading tests to monitor progress and set individual targets.  Students will either continue with Step Up Qualifications or Functional Skills where appropriate.

All students will continue to develop the use of functional English and Maths through the Independent Living pathway units selected to meet the needs of the students as they prepare for adulthood.




Students access a range of work related learning via Enterprise sessions, accredited NOCN Certificates, visiting professionals into the Academy, attending Careers Fairs, visiting potential work placements and Post 19 provisions, and completing internal and external work experience placements.

Internal work placements support students targets.  Supported internal work placements are seen as stage 1 of work experience. 83% of students participate in internal placements and 37% in external independent work placements.

Students take part in Enterprise projects throughout the year and gain skills such as teamwork, listening skills, leadership, creative thinking, thinking skills, functional Maths and English and problem solving.

Projects include Tuck Shop, seasonal enterprise and cooking staff lunches. Students are leading the new initiative, Hope Wood Café. Students have researched and survey the types of snacks and drinks they are going to provide and are in the process of designing a menu, before opening to members of the public.

Learning about the world of work and experiencing work place and employment is an integral part of the study programme.

Partnerships such as Change Now support external work placement opportunities.

Community Engagement is important in providing students with meaningful encounters and building up social skills. Students can see what a positive impact they are able to have on their local community and environment through Community Engagement opportunities.

Transition post Sixth form is well supported and students have access to a range of progression pathways to meet their needs.  Careers Events are planned to promote choice and aspirations.




EHCP Targets are worked on during Lesson 1 and throughout the day. These targets are specifically designed in collaboration with the student, parents, other professionals and the Local Authority. The targets are designed to support the student in their academic skills, and to support them with preparation for adulthood.

Targets are reviewed regularly and updated to support further progression.





All Sixth Form students are given opportunities to achieve external accreditation as outcomes from their academic study. The qualifications obtained are an important motivator for our students, contribute to developing their self-esteem and play an important part in each pupil’s onward transition to college.

Current accreditation includes the following. Click the links to visit their website.


We believe 16-19 Learning is key in supporting our young people in their preparation for adult life, therefore many aspects of our curriculum involve community visits, work related learning activities, opportunities to develop social communication skills in functional settings, transition to adulthood activities and independent travel training.


Next Steps


Students are supported throughout their time at Sixth Form to plan next steps.  A supportive transition programme supports students to visit and participate in tasters at a range of providers including Further Education, Training & Employment and Social Care Placements.




2017 Destinations – 100% into Social Care Placements

2018 Destinations – 43% Further Education, 57% into Social Care Placements.




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If you have any queries regarding our curriculum please contact us at: hopewood@ascenttrust.org