Crowdys Hill Sixth Form

Why choose our Sixth Form?

Our Sixth Form opened in September 2016.  We have been over subscribed from the start as word got around that we were opening a specialist Sixth Form. Many of our parents were as excited as we were about this new venture.

We cater for the needs of young people with an Education Health Care Plan (formally Statements of Educational Needs) who have moderate learning difficulties.  Many of our young people also have other complex needs, which may include physical and medical needs.

Our ethos of inclusion, and promotion of independence is at the forefront of what we do. We want our young people to gain plenty of experience in work and life skills to allow them to live as independently as they can. We want them to gain academic qualifications, and during their studies they will continue to learn functional English and Mathematics, along with a vocational course.

Our staff are trained in SEN teaching, and we have access to a variety of support within school, such as speech and language, hydrotherapy, physiotherapy and social skills support sessions.

We will seek to promote British values of democracy and fairness, and our aim is for our young people to be valued citizens with a good sense of self worth. We actively promote self-esteem through targeted sessions during tutor time, and by praise and the celebration of achievements in lessons.

We welcome applications from young people with an EHCP , who want to experience life skills and work skills whilst studying for a course at Entry level 1 to Level 2 (GCSE equivalent). Parents can apply on their behalf, with the young person’s consent.

Application Form for start September 2021 - click here

Click here for a list of our Curriculum Aims


The school day will be from 9 am to 3.15 pm Monday to Friday.

Our students will have the opportunity to study: English and Maths at Entry level 1 to Level 2 (GCSE). This will be presented in a functional way to ensure that this will be useful for their future living.

Groups will spend time in our brand new Independent Living Skills Centre (ILSC).  This will be very like a family home; with a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, lounge and study. Lessons will take place here and will closely mirror real life. For example, our students have spent time decorating the flats and understanding aspects of DIY and the budgeting behind it. Real money is being spent by the students to purchase the products needed to create a home. Another day a group of students have been tasked to make breakfast and lunch for each other understanding how much items have cost and visiting the shop to purchase the products. The centre will provide a wide range of very practical and real opportunities for you to learn from and will be a flagship of the Sixth Form. The amount of time that they spend in this area will depend upon their needs, ranging from one to two days per week. They will be completing an accredited course whilst learning about living skills.

Students will also spend time studying employability skills, and attending work experience placements. Again the amount of time they spend in this area will depend on their needs, and also on the placement offers that we can arrange.

All students will be allocated to a tutor group. This will allow them to start and end the day with a familiar face. The tutor is also the point of contact for the student and their parents. During tutor time, students will focus their day, and learn about personal development topics, such as, healthy living, personal care and relationships.


Admission Criteria:

Must have a current Education Health Care Plan.

Must be considered to have Moderate Learning Difficulties with other complex needs. The young person’s main need is usually social and cognition.

Admissions are taken on individual needs, and consideration to our current courses available.

Admissions flow chart:

What to do When to do it
Start to have a look around sixth forms and colleges to find one that you would like. From year 10 onwards.
If you have chosen us then please complete an application form and send to us. Before December of your year 11.  If you are in year 12 and applying for a year 13 place, then please contact the school first.
We will ask for information about you from your current school. January of year 11.
We will invite you to attend an interview with us In February of year 11.
We will send you a letter of a provisional offer if we feel that we can meet your needs. In March of your year 11.  If you are in year 12, this will happen in March.
Swindon Borough Council Special Educational Needs department will confirm your placement by letter.  April/ May  of year 11 (or year 12).
We will invite you to come and visit, and attend some transition days. May.
Attend transition days. June/ July.
Information packs sent out to you. August.
Start at our sixth form, enrolment. September.


For further information please contact:

Lisa Baptiste  – Head of Sixth Form – 01793 332400