Lexden Springs School: Post 16-19 Department (September 2014)
Currently, Post 16-19 has 31 students divided into three classes. All Year 12 and some Year 13/14 students are largely 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. Most Post 16 students who are based on the main school will regularly visit Holly Lodge for combined sessions and as part of their gradual transition prior to being based there full time.
OFSTED Feedback for Post 16-19: January 2014
The Post 16-19 department of Lexden Springs School was inspected in January 2014 when the department was graded ‘Good’ under the new revised OFSTED framework. Comments by the inspectors included:
“The sixth form is good and students make good progress”.
“Students in the sixth form make good progress in their relevant academic and work-related courses which prepares them well for the next stage of their lives. As a result, all students move on to further education, day care or training”.
“Teaching is consistently good in the sixth form as a result of effective leadership by the senior leaders who directly oversee the work of these phases. Here, teachers have high expectations of what pupils should be learning and teamwork with teaching assistants is strong. Well-chosen resources are used consistently well in lessons where teaching is good. As a result, pupils remain focused on learning and do their best, making good progress”.
OFSTED recognised that every student during the past three years i.e. since July 2011 has left our Post 16-19 department and moved onto either day care, education or training. They also 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.
A Post 16-19 Strategic Plan is written annually highlighting key areas for development by the Head of Post 16 showing comprehensive success criteria and anticipated time frames for the various stages of completion of the plan’s recommendations. Focus areas this year include:
FEED BACK FROM A VISIT TO HOLLY LODGE BY THE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE WITH DISABILITES SERVICE ON 10.9.14
Following on from our visit on the 10th September, we just wanted to say thank you for being so accommodating.
It was really good to have a tour of Holly Lodge and see at first hand, the benefit your provision provides to learners to help them towards independent living. We were impressed by the various amount of activities and lessons that guide young people towards independent living, improving their social skills, working to improve confidence and making appropriate choices.
You showed us how you have adapted the environment to suit students’ needs e.g. you have converted the music room to a quiet room as a couple of students require this.
We felt during the annual review the extensive knowledge that your transition workers provide to the young people and the links you have established with outside organisations e.g. Level Best, to enable a positive transition for the young people who are moving on from you.
Thanks again and I look forward to working in partnership with you.
Deborah and Sarah (Wortham)
Children and Young People with Disabilities Service
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. These can be summarised into four key skills, and students will leave us with the ability to apply each these four key skills to the best of their ability:
Four key skills that will prepare students for the future:
Our Curriculum Vision:
Our Transition Pledge:
OFSTED Post 16-19: January 2014