Sixth Form 

Crowdys Hill Sixth Form curriculum allows our students to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to empower them to achieve their personal, academic and career aspirations, with “Learning for Life” at the heart of our curriculum. 
We follow a core curriculum for all students with 2 pathways designed to support students next steps and future aspirations. The key focus is to support the students to become as independent as they can be. 
Crowdys Hill Sixth Form is a post 16 provision based across 2 sites. Students who are working towards employment follow The Vocational Pathway which is based at North Star site of New College Swindon. “Crowdys at College”. 
Students who are working at or towards EL1 will follow our Foundation Learning Programme, which is based on the Crowdys Hill school site.  
Foundation Learning 
Based at Crowdys Hill School 
Core Subjects 
Functional English 
Functional Maths 
Personal Social and Health Care 
Information & Communication Technology 
Physical Education 
Independent Living Skills and Travel Training 
Duke of Edinburgh's Award 
Personal & Social Development 
A highly structured programme to support the student with  
more complex needs, studying life skills, as well as Maths and  
English to work towards their EHCP outcomes. 
Work Experience, employer interactions  
and community engagements. 
Vocational Learning 
Based at North Star Campus, New College 
Core Subjects 
Functional Maths 
Functional English 
Personal Social Health Education 
Information and Communication Technology 
Physical Education 
Independent Living Skills and Travel Training 
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award 
World of Work 
English Speaking Board Entry Level 3 
Work experience, employer interactions 
and community engagement 
Sports and Leisure Entry Level 3 
Art Entry Level 3 
Hospitality and Catering Level 1 Award 

Learning for Life 

Our curriculum is rich in experiences, positive learning, building the feeling of self-worth in our pupils, and developing the love of learning. 
At the heart of this learning is communication skills. We understand that the best way to ensure that our pupils feel part of their community, whether in school, home or in the world, is to promote their ability to communicate effectively to the best of their abilities. 

Who teaches this curriculum? 


How does the curriculum differ from mainstream schools? 

Whilst we follow the national frameworks from year 1 to year 14, they are highly adapted and differentiated to meet the needs of our pupils. We understand that our pupils learn key concepts at different points in their life, which may not follow the age expected trend. We ensure that all of our pupils can access all areas of the curriculum through adaptations to content, resources, and experienced SEN trained staffing. So whilst a pupil’s timetable may look similar to a mainstream one, within that are many opportunities for pupils to acquire new skills, succeed in education; and, most importantly for any child, to build resilience. We have a focus on communication skills, and developing their abilities to socialize as a priority. 


Functional Skills (English/Maths) are the fundamental English and Maths skills that people need for their working and personal lives. Students can study for the qualifications in practical ways and apply core skills to real-life situations. 

World of Work/Careers 

World of Work Programme has been set up with the ultimate aim of gaining paid employment for students who have the drive and desire to work. As well as supporting students with work experience placements, they are given support in all aspects of employment from writing their CVs to how to search for vacant jobs. Each class runs an enterprise project with a focus on collaboration.  

Duke of Edinburgh 

All our students participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award, it is incorporated into their curriculum. The Duke of Edinburgh Award is available to 14-24 year olds and it is the world’s leading Youth Achievement Award. It equips young people for life regardless of their background, culture, physical ability, skills or interests. This award is a personal challenge and not a competition against others; it pushes young people to their personal limits and recognises their achievements. 


Wellbeing is built into our foundations and is vital at this stage of your child’s life. If not emotionally in the right place, students will not participate and learn to the best of their ability – we understand the importance of identifying and using own strategies as well as building resilience and self-esteem in order to help prepare students for their future. 


The focus of PE at Post-16 is to create a love for being active. We aim to introduce students to a wide variety of sports and link with community clubs wherever possible to provide ongoing pathways for the future. 


ICT This is embedded within the curriculum and provides students with the opportunities to learn about a range of topics ranging from basic programming to internet safety. 


PSHE This is delivered through both standalone lessons and also embedded in to other lessons where appropriate. Areas covered range from relationships to puberty. 



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