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Post 16

Lexden Springs School: Post 16-19 Department     (September 2017)


Currently, Post 16-19 has 33 students divided into three classes. All Year 12 and some Year 13 and 14 students are taught on the main school site whilst other Year 13 and 14 students are based at Holly Lodge, a converted residential building in the community about half a mile away from main school. Careful consideration is given to each student’s individual educational, social and emotional wellbeing when placing students across the department. The provision at Holly Lodge increasingly focuses on becoming more independent, developing life skills and moving on, with supervised off site visits and work experience opportunities undertaken out in the community. When students are getting ready to transfer to Holly Lodge they will have visits as part of their transition prior to being based there full time.

OFSTED Feedback for Post 16-19: April 2015

The Post 16-19 department of Lexden Springs School was inspected in April 2015 when the department was graded ‘Outstanding.’ Comments by the inspectors included:

“Students are exceptionally well prepared for life in modern Britain and there is a strong emphasis on work-related learning and careers education “

“Students make sustained and outstanding progress academically, personally and socially.”

“All students benefit from work experience placements that are tailored to meet their aspirations, interests and strengths.”

“The achievement of students is outstanding because of the outstanding teaching over time.”

“Students take great pride in their achievements and confidently discussed their plans for the future with the inspectors.”

“Behaviour for learning is outstanding. Students say that they feel very safe and are guided and supported well when they are in school or on work placements”

 They acknowledged the input by our Transition Team whose involvement with students and families from Year 9-14 around work experience placements and supporting everyone through the whole transition process is significant.

Our Curriculum Pledge:

A curriculum designed to facilitate students getting the most out of life, learning and best prepare them for the future when they leave Lexden Springs School. The curriculum will celebrate achievement; provide a personalised learning approach through individual Study Programmes and offer qualifications through two nationally recognised accreditation schemes ASDAN and AQA unit award schemes.

Four key principles underlie our curriculum provision:

·         Promote inclusiveness

·         Provide challenge

·         Quality provision

·         Offer choice

As students’ progress through Post 16-19, they will follow a personalised Study Programme designed to nurture the skills and knowledge required to prepare students for their future in the wider community. We strive to give all students the four key skills that will prepare them for the future, these are: -

  • To apply their knowledge and understanding to everyday life
  • To engage competently and confidently with others
  • To solve problems in both familiar and unfamiliar situations
  • To develop personally and professionally as positive citizens who can actively contribute to society.

Our Curriculum Vision:

  • To offer a curriculum that is relevant and appropriate for students with cognitive and learning needs including severe learning difficulties (SLD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) and moderate learning difficulties (MLD).
  • To offer MLD, SLD, ASD & PMLD Study Programmes that provide flexibility and personalised learning with clear learning outcomes that engage, motivate and reward learners on an individual or group basis across the whole ability range.
  • To offer curriculum pathways that all support qualification outcomes by two nationally recognised awarding organisations, namely the ASDAN and AQA unit award schemes. ASDAN and AQA provide qualifications that have been designed to meet the progression needs of pre-entry, Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3 and Level 1 learners through annual accreditation and certification.
  • The qualifications gained by students will improve work and life opportunities for all students irrespective of the PMLD, SLD or MLD curriculum pathway or Study Programme followed in Post 16.

Our Transition Pledge:

  • To provide every student arriving in Post 16-19 with a joined up and achievable progression route through the 16-19 learning landscape to help them when preparing them for adulthood.
  • To map the progression route for all students following the PMLD, SLD or MLD Study Programmes in Post 16-19 ensuring they reach their preferred and most suitable route into life-long learning or the world of work in the wider community.
  • To empower and facilitate student decision making at every stage by increasing awareness of the choices available to them as adults through in-school workshops, off-site work experience opportunities and vocational courses in the community.
  • To liaise with, listen to, respect and take into consideration all students views, aspirations and dreams at every stage of our student’s transition.  This will ensure that student’s eventual journey into adulthood is smooth successful and aspirational.