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Sixth Form Curriculum and

Work Experience

The aim of our Sixth Form curriculum is to provide pupils with meaningful and highly individualised learning experiences to prepare them for life beyond Paddock.

Within the Sixth Form Department we aspire for all pupils to gain the knowledge and skills needed to study for qualifications which are in line with their personal aspirations.



Pupils learning journeys follow 4 main strands in preparing for adulthood.

Pupils can choose from a range of modules set to support continued development of their knowledge and skills that they will need to be successful in their adult lives.

The impact of the Sixth Form curriculum can be measured by:

  • Our young adults being able to make informed decisions about their future
  • Progress towards accreditations and qualifications
  • Levels of engagement
  • Ability to access the community with reduced adult support
  • Developing interests in hobbies and self occupation activities
  • Independence in completing work related tasks
  • Pupils successfully moving onto college placements 

The Sixth Form pupils start to identify vocational areas of interest or particular activities that they would like to pursue after school, identify or are supported to indicate their preferred next step after school, explore different barriers and support they may need to enter employment and to further develop their work related learning skills.

This is supported via on site work experience, workplace visits, offsite work experience, and for some learners visits to colleges or work based training providers. 


Sixth Form aged pupils have an enriched curriculum involving many off site visits and opportunities to practice their skills in alternative settings.

Life after Paddock

Our ex-pupils are invited to attend a termly lunch with the current Sixth Form Department. The lunch provides opportunities for past pupils to share their college experiences and future aspirations with their peers, in relation to supporting their decisions for life after Paddock.

 During our recent (Oct 2021) OFSTED inspection the school was judged as outstanding.

The inspectors commented : ‘In the sixth form’

  • Students value opportunities to work in the café and handle money
  • Planned experiences using public transport for selected students help to promote their   independence
  • Sixth form students are well prepared for their next stage of education or employment
  • Students in the sixth form understand that people have special times together and can share   love and happiness