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Sixth form curriculum

St Piers Sixth Form students follow the ‘Moving On’ Curriculum produced by Equals that is designed specifically for students aged 16-19 years with learning difficulties. Sixth Form enables young people to:

  • Prepare for adult life
  • Develop independence skills and practice real-life skills
  • Equip them with specific employability skills for the transition to 19+
  • Continue to develop self-understanding and the capacity to continue making progress on essential skills
  • Identify areas of interest that will guide their choices for the next stage of their lives

See how the curriculum facilitates this below.

National accreditation and areas of learning

The work that the students produce within the curriculum is moderated internally and externally. This nationally recognised accreditation covers the following areas of learning:

  • Literacy - Sharing information, creating an interest and gathering and using information
  • Numeracy - Money matters, patterns in everyday life and working it out
  • Vocational studies - Work Related Learning and Careers Education and Guidance/Post School Planning
  • Knowledge and understanding the world - Science, Technology, Foreign Cultures, Creativity and Humanities
  • Life skills/independent living - PSHE, Citizenship, Leisure and Recreation and Daily Living Skills

Vocational studies

St Piers School sixth form prepares students for adult life by developing their independence and vocational skills through units of study within the Moving On curriculum. Students have opportunities to develop these key skills in social communication, choice making, anticipate routine and have control over patterns in their lives, meal planning and preparation, budgeting, shopping, aspects of personal care and demonstrate an understanding of cause and effect.

Within the subjects of PSHE and Citizenship, students learn about such key concepts as healthy eating, awareness of drugs, personal safety, relationships, E-safety, bullying and self-expression.

The World Studies units allow the students to take responsibility for themselves, others and their environment and understand their place within it while incorporating literacy and numeracy.

Work experience placements and enterprise projects are offered through the vocational studies aspects of the curriculum. These address individual need, broaden experiences, build confidence and competence by developing skills, knowledge and understanding to equip students for life.

All work is accredited externally and the students receive nationally recognised qualifications within the subject areas.

Life and living skills

All students will have the opportunity to achieve a Life and Living Award at Entry level 1-3. This accreditation equips students with the knowledge and skills at they need for their future and to celebrate achievement and success through completing skill units.

Students are encouraged to develop their own interests and undertake a programme of work related learning by accessing the Young Epilepsy facilities and work opportunities. Within the school community students participate in the student council, participate in work experience, mini enterprise projects, environmental improvement projects, horticulture projects and a tuck shop. Students support their local, national and global communities through fundraising events and work experience placements.

Key skills

Embedded in the curriculum is a focus around developing each individual's Key Skills including:

  • Communication - language and literacy
  • Application of numbers - practical numeracy skills and life skills maths
  • Information technology - practical opportunities for building experience at a level appropriate to the individual and the use of IT in all areas of life
  • Working with others - personal, social, health and citizenship education
  • Improving their learning and performance - study skills, personalised learning, independence and self help skills
  • Problem solving - developing cognitive and thinking skills, acquiring knowledge and understanding to process and solve physical and emotional issues

The curriculum in the sixth form reflects the changes and transitions that the students experience to prepare them for adulthood. It is built around functional skills, to consolidate learning and to learn new skills in a safe environment while also allowing for personalisation and creativity.

Learn more

To find out more about our main school curriculum, please call admissions on 01342 831348 or email: Mark Collins on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Olya Scott on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you require paper copies of the information on the school website please contact 01342 831229 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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