Skip to content ↓
Announcements

Sixth Form

‘Giving the opportunity to all learners to be successful in achieving their full potential through providing individual learning journeys’

A personal message from the learners

“Woodfield 6th Form is fun, I always like coming to school, and the 6th Form is giving me a really good opportunity in work experiences to help me for the future”

“We get to do all kind of different things; I’m at another school for my work experience where I am getting trained in catering. I meet new people when I go to college for my transition”

“I like being around my friends, we like the teachers who help us learn new things in lots of different subjects”

“When I do the snacks for the 6th Form it makes me feel grown up, like going to college each week”

“I’m only in school part of the week, I have 2 days work experience, one day at college and an afternoon using a local gym, and it’s preparing me for my internship”

 

The Key Stage 5 (Post 16) curriculum provides a wide range of learning experiences and opportunities that prepares our learners to be successful independent young adults in which they can approach future challenges with excitement and confidence.

Our provision aims to provide our learners with a balanced curriculum that gives them the opportunity to gain external accreditation, undertake vocational learning, experience work related learning and develop independent living skills.

Learners follow a programme that stretches them, prepares them for adulthood, and supports their progression into work or further study. Our programme features academic learning, vocational study and personal development.

The aims of the 6th Form are to:

  • accredit our learners with external accreditation
  • provide a variety of opportunities that develop learners’ knowledge, understanding and applicable experience in higher education and the workplace
  • provide support and guidance for individualised pathways from year 11, KS5 through to Higher education
  • provide a culturally enriched environment where learners experience and celebrate the diversity of modern British culture
  • provide a welcoming and stimulating environment where students feel safe, valued and inspired to achieve at their highest capacity.

We are constantly looking for ways to adapt flexibly to the changing demands of modern society and ensure we offer a curriculum that enables our learners to compete placements successfully when the time comes to leave us. As such our curriculum is constantly in development.

Curriculum Developments September 2018:

Learning to Do Enrichment –

  • Science leading to external accreditation
  • Music Technology and Performance (OCR Accreditation available)
  • Creative Arts (OCR Accreditation available)
  • ICT leading to external accreditation
  • Community Action
  • Enterprise
  • Individual Skills Development

Physical Enrichment –

  • Yr 14 Barnet Copthall Gym
  • Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Silver Award

Vocational Education –

Learners select two vocational options - 2 days 2 subjects

  • Catering
  • Work Experience (TVS)
  • Life Skills
  • Independent living (two levels)
  • Horticulture
  • Cycle Maintenance
  • Leisure
  • Beauty and Body Care

Transition Enrichment –

  • ‘Out and About’

The teaching in KS5 is highly individualised. In designing a personalised curriculum for each learner we adopt a holistic approach. Strengths and the needs of the individual learners are taken into account in setting targets, facilitating learning, developing teaching approaches and through discussion decide on suitable pathways.

The Sixth Form Team use a range of approaches of formative assessment to collect information, evidence and plan for each learner.

Core Academic Learning

All learners have programmes of study that offer appropriate learning opportunities in the areas of English, Maths and PSD. The timetable delivers discrete lessons in English, Maths and PSD and through the enrichment and vocational offer communication is integral with elements of numeracy being delivered through practical life skills activities such as shopping or travel. Learners work towards  the OCR Life and Living Skills accreditation pathway.

Progression opportunities

The qualification structure provides the opportunity for learners to progress to higher level units, or to achieve additional units at the same level where progression to a higher level is not possible.

Learners will receive a certificate for each full qualification they achieve and a separate certificate listing all of the units. Learners who do not achieve a full qualification will receive a unit certificate for the units they have achieved.

Numeracy - Maths

Learners have two dedicated Maths lessons and continue to build upon their numeracy skills, knowledge and understanding during the enrichment and vocational programs.  Learners extend on the progress they had previously made in using numbers, understanding shape, space and measures. The maths course focuses on developing skills that are applicable to daily life situations such as handling money, measuring objects and quantities and being able to understand time and travel timetables. They gain accreditation in OCR Life and Living Skills

Term 1: Number and place value; Addition, Subtraction; Geometry: Shape, Position and direction

Term 2: Multiplication and Division; Fractions, Ratio, Proportion & Rates of Change; Time

Term 3: Statistics; Money & Personal Finance; Measures

Literacy - English

OCR Life and Living Diploma English offers units teaching reading, writing and aural skills based on real life situations such as reading different types of documents, providing personal information in writing and making requests in a variety of situations.

Term 1: Contributing to discussions. Communication in everyday situations

Term 2: Using different reading methods. Asking questions in a variety of situations

Term 3: Developing reading, writing and communication skills

In addition to the OCR course there will be a continuous focus on literacy with student’s practising phonics, spelling, reading and writing.

PSD

Learners follow a curriculum that is about self-awareness, healthy living emotional wellbeing making the most of leisure time and managing my own money, RSE is embedded within the PSD curriculum

Term 1: All about me - discussion starting points, my family – pen picture my story so far explaining your family who I live with, who are the siblings in the family, the nature of their relationships with learners people who support me

Term 2: My wishes, aspirations and goals for the future, what I wish for around my health in future, what I wish for my friendships, relationships and being part of the community in future

Term 3: Financial development and implementation

All learners have individual learning plans which are reviewed termly with parents/carers and the tutors using the Provision Map which combines their social, emotional and academic needs. These also are linked to their annual reviews ECHP and SIMS. Learner’s final Annual Reviews or EHCP Reviews are prioritised within the autumn term to allow action plans for transition to be put in place suitably early

Subject leaders and teachers collaborate to set targets for each learner. At the beginning of the academic year teachers set predicted levels of achievement based previous attainment and baseline setting. Targets are set annually as part of the learners’ annual review and based on the overall objectives as well as parental views.

Our Vocational learning and option programmes aim to provide our learners with the opportunity to explore a range of vocational areas and supporting them to further develop their skills and interests and aspirations in a safe and secure setting.

The courses on offer include Catering, Leisure, Life Skills (higher level) Horticulture, Cycle Maintenance, Beauty and Body and Independent Living. All are linked into external accreditations the Life and Living Skills OCR. Learners spend two full days of the curriculum timetable which provides a practical ‘hands on’ approach to the subjects. During the vocational program, learners are expected to visit communities, retail environments and meet people in the workplace to gain a wider understanding of the world of work. Within the delivery of the vocational course learners will have opportunities to develop their skills and understanding of literacy and numeracy in everyday situations and complete OCR communication and Numeracy units.

 

Vocational options expanded to cover two optional days. Allowing learners a greater experience of vocational learning and extending accreditations. Each option is carefully chosen to meet the learners’ ability with the main emphasis of achievable targets. Differentiation is the main priority to enable learning.

Learners are able to transfer their classroom skills to a mock simulation of world of work through teacher expertise. This helps learners learn valuable life skills and prepare them for work experience. There are high expectations of the learners. Lesson objectives are differentiated for all learners to access the lesson. Teachers provide next steps for learners where possible to further differentiate learning. 

Vocational Educational Log books implemented to track progress assess learners understanding and provide evidence of achievement.

A Vocational feedback session has been mapped into the Vocational curriculum delivery to develop an understanding of each Voc Ed discipline undertakes and a ‘sharing’ assembly each week allows learners to share what they have been learning that week and produce presentations, practical activities and demonstrations that reflect their practice.

Teachers are aware that Vocational Education is a practical course. Each teacher is responsible for planning a ‘hands on’ experience to deliver their vocational option. This is regularly monitored. Over the 40% Vocational learning time, teachers are expected to plan related visits to work environments, meet with professionals and expose learners to the wider community linked to their specialism. Each vocational option plans an off-site visit / activity to expose every learner to the real life working environment. This further promotes help skills that are valuable both in and out of school.

Woodfield’s Semi-Formal Curriculum has been devised to meet a new population of learners with SLD. The curriculum is developed to focus upon meaningful progress against each learner’s outcome statements within his or her Educational Health and Care Plan. With the new generation of children with complex learning difficulties and disabilities, there needs to be a new generation of pedagogy and assessment.

The Semi-Formal Curriculum focuses on developing the key skills of communication, cognition, independence, physical development and self-care in an engaging and stimulating environment. Our aim is to prepare students for life beyond school, to become more robust and ambitious individuals who live happy and healthy lifestyles. 

The KS5 Semi-formal curriculum is modelled on the KS3 and KS4 curriculum that allows progression and development of prior learning.

The Semi-formal Curriculum has been developed to be:

  • Pupil-centred: the curriculum is developed with the learners at its centre, each class’s curriculum, planning and delivery will be bespoke to the strengths, interests, needs and barriers to maximise meaningful progress.
  • Support generalisation: subjects are not delivered discretely but are combined through thematic teaching and learning to encourage application and combining skills.
  • Develop independence: Learners’ are progressively encouraged in their independence as young adults, both in terms of curriculum content and in assessment for learning.
  • Focus on real world application: We don’t want our learners to wait until they reach Sixth Form to practice their independence, but to engage from Year 7 with experiences like community visits, vocational skills, use of money and safe travel to maximise on their time in specialist education and shape their aspirations for adulthood.
  • Make progress meaningful for pupils and parents: To work with pupils and families on the skills that matter most now, to have a shared understanding of what progress would look like and to make this visible to parents and carers outside of school.

The emphasis within the Sky Base Class is on nurturing learner’s emotional growth, focusing on offering broad-based experiences in an environment that promotes security, routines, clear boundaries and carefully planned learning opportunities at all times.

The Semi formal curriculum also allows for learners to be integrated in to the daily life of KS5 with curriculum access to the main KS5 timetable. Learners are able to select bespoke courses in Learning to Do Enrichment, engage in KS5 PE sessions and opt for one day of Vocational Education.*

* Opportunity for some learners to extend this and complete two days of Vocational Learning.

Our Offsite learning provision is linked to the College of North West London (CNWL) and Harrow College. Year 13 and Year 14 learners attend practical courses in carpentry and textiles delivered via the Wembley Campus by specialist lecturers experiencing a full day of college life, learners either travel independently or use public transport supported by our support staff. Year 12 attend practical art and craft courses delivered within the Harrow College Wealdstone Campus.

Our KS5 curriculum has embedded enrichment opportunities in creating community events  - charity fundraising coffee mornings, enterprise activities to support KS5 curriculum subjects, our new and developing course ‘Learning to Do’ that provides learners to have practical experiences in everyday situations related to an independent lifestyle.

Off-site Enrichment: current and previous visits

Barnet Copthall Gym

London Motor Show

RAF Hendon

Nissan Innovation

Olympic Park

Police Museum  and stables

RAF Hendon

Olympic Park

Wembley Retail Outlet

Chelsea FC

Guildhall Art Gallery

Lords Cricket Ground

Radiance Hair and Beauty

Santa Pod Raceway

London Museum

Westway Tennis

Mercedes Benz World

Emirates Airline

Maritime Museum

Tower Bridge

Saracens RFC

Barnet FC

Science Museum

Natural History Museum

National Theatre

Imperial War Museum

Wembley Food Market

Brent Cross

Buckingham Palace

The Shard

Vue Cinema

British Museum

Bhaktivedanta Manor – Hare Krishna Temple

Welsh Harp

Golders Hill

Kingsbury Park

Co-op

London Bridge

Islamic Cultural Centre

Hampstead Heath

Buddhist Temple

Milton Keynes Job Fair

Westfield

TVS

Tower of London

Local Facilities: Post office, cafe

Wembley Designer Outlet

Aspire

Barnet Copthall

CNWL

 

Physical Education helps us become Healthy Adults. The Sixth Form has a progressive Sports Development programme which aims to promote lifelong healthy living.

Year 12 learners have a sports afternoon at school where they take part in a wide number of physical activities and some undertake the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Silver Awards. Some of this learning may involve going out to community sports facilities as the year progresses.

Year 13 learners are given the opportunity to attend sessions at Aspire Sports Centre for Leisure and Fitness in Stanmore. Here they have the opportunity to choose to take part in a number of activities including swimming, aerobics or working out fitness centre.

Year 14 learners travel to Barnet Copthall one of the sports centres in Brent and use the gym facilities as part of their sporting enrichment.

Throughout their time in KS5 learners follow transition programs which supports further education college placements, internships and work related learning.

Woodfield School 6th Form works very closely with Connexions, Heads of HE Colleges and the Brent and Barnet Careers Cluster to enable and enhance our transition program. Learners follow an individual transition pathway throughout their time in KS5. Regular meetings with our Connexions advisor, parents/carers and the learners enable informed choices, time plans and specific visits to community providers and colleges; Harrow, Stanmore, Westminster Kingsway, EHWLC (Ealing, Hammersmith, West London College), Barnet and Southgate, West Herts, City of Westminster and West Thames College.

Transitions/Connexions:

To provide a consistent program that will enhance learner’s skills, knowledge and understanding of their transitional pathways.  To offer a careers service that supports the Annual Review, EHCP process and is able provide informative and a cohesive link to all external agencies in the delivery of learners, parents/carers future inspirations.

Objectives

  • Provide learners, staff and external agencies the required resources and links that will enable them to make informed decisions about their future pathways.
  • Established program of observations, meetings with pupils KS3, KS4 and KS5 to compile profiles 
  • Established links with parents/carers through parents evenings, PLP day and pre annual review meetings
  • Prospects Services will deliver impartial Careers Information Advice and
  • Guidance that is independent of the School, thereby meeting the School’s Statutory obligations in accordance with the Education Act 2011.
  • Established program of information events – Branching Out, What’s Next and Mentoring program post Woodfield School
  • Established links and cohesive documentation with external agencies in the transition process – SENAS, CNWL TVS
  • To provide learners the current and relevant information to career pathways in education, apprenticeships and the world of work
  • One to One Guidance Interviews with leavers
  • Transition plans written where appropriate

Additional Needs - Supplementary Curriculum

As appropriate we meet the diverse additional needs of our learners using our specialist facilities and trained staff and have access to outside agencies: NHS physiotherapist, Occupational Therapists, Speech & Language Therapy, Drama Therapist and have developed close relationships with Brent CAMHS and the Kingswood Centre.

Facilities

The Sixth Form has expanded in 2015 to accommodate the increase in learner numbers and their needs. We now have dedicated rooms where a range of subjects are taught:

  • Green Room - Sonia, Cobalt tutorial Base
  • Portacabin - Ruhul, Indigo tutorial Base
  • Room 9 - Dan, Marina tutorial Base
  • Room 15 - Akmal, Teal tutorial Base
  • Room 16 - Amy, Sky Semi Formal Base Class

In each of these teaching spaces there are ‘break out’ zones consisting of 4 reception style seats and a coffee table, they can be used for differentiated discussions groups, time out space or independent working spaces.

Each teaching space has access to either desktop PCs and/or laptops.

The Hub is the administrative base for the Sixth Form and all communication is through there.

The Sixth Form has its own dedicated space outside with an all-weather pitch, outside sports equipment and a range of benches and seating for eating and talking as well as some well-appointed Sixth Form toilets.

The Zone

During the summer holidays the common room went under some major changes after many years of being used as a classroom, facilitators room for the teaching school and when available used for Sixth Form learners as a social area.

There is a kitchenette where learners are able to prepare morning breakfast and refreshments, break and lunchtime snacks and when required provide tea and freshly made coffee for guests.

With a new sofa bed and laundry annex, The Zone allows learners to experience independent living skills by keeping it clean and tidy.

More seating has been added to cope with the increased numbers of learners in the 6th form, creating a relaxed atmosphere especially with the addition of cubed seating and the large scale bean bags.

For that quiet time, reception chairs arranged around coffee tables allow learners to catch up with the latest news and gossip in weekly magazines such as Hello and TV Times; or for a time to chat.

The Reception area is now a place to sit quietly, reflect and prepare for the next stage of the day.

For those requiring a more active time, the Zone now boasts a professional football table, wii, air hockey and a pool table, a great opportunity to spend time playing in teams in the championship pool competition.

The Zone also provides a welcome space, that hosts meetings, parent groups, community fundraising, college showcases, pathway and career advice drop-ins.