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Welcome to Key Stage 5 (Age 16-19)


Learning in years 12 – 14 continues within the elements of the National Curriculum, but timetables become increasingly personalised and focused on building key skills for life. Learning remains differentiated to meet the wide range of individual needs.


As part of the overall School curriculum an emphasis remains on developing Functional Skills,  Citizenship, and PSHE (including Sex Education). All students will have access to some form of Work Related Learning, although this may be at a sensory or experiential level for more complex learners. Students will continue to take accredited courses and choose from a variety of vocational options, for example Photography, Care of Living Things, Music Technology, Art and Design, Media, and Dance and Drama.


Learners have access to a wider range of learning providers, including supported school link sessions at other local colleges e.g. Braintree College / Colchester Institute. Links are regularly reviewed, but previous learning has included Motor Mechanics, Woodwork, Performing Arts, Food Technology and Sport. Learners with more complex support needs may take part in specialist Life Skills sessions at The Bungalow at Braintree College.  If it is appropriate and subject to availability and resources, we try to source individual links for learners with a particular vocational interest.


For those with the prospect of supported or independent employment, the focus on skills for the workplace increases.  Students will continue to do external work placements, sometimes on a longer term basis with the same employer.


Students can also be part of the School Enterprise group, based at The College at Braintree, which offers a more sympathetic environment in which to build work skills.