From Monday 27 September until Friday 8 October, Carew Academy will not be receiving external visitors as we enter a period of COVID contingency planning.

We are very keen to keep our open mornings running – 21 October is currently running as planned and any further updates will be posted here.

Sixth Form

Carew Academy Sixth Form offers a wide and varied curriculum that ensure our students receive a coherent study program that stretches, ensures good progression and enables the best possible outcomes. All of our student’s progress to a higher level of attainment, study English and Maths and take part in appropriate work experience, life skills or volunteering. Our students also take part in non-qualification subjects that prepare them for employment, independent living, healthy living and promote a greater and meaningful participation in society.

We achieve this through our pathway system. This ensures that pupils can focus on subjects that interest them, that will stretch them and ensure that pupils leave Carew with the skills and confidence to be successful in their adult lives. The Sixth Form also has a dedicated Speech and Language Therapist who ensures that good SaLT practice is embedded across all lessons.

Pathways

We aim to obtain and enable the best possible outcomes for our students. We have developed a pathway system that lets us support the whole range of needs and talents that our students display.

Sport / Art Pathway

Here students who are passionate about Sports, Arts, Craft and Design or Photography study their preferred subject at either GCSE, Cambridge Technical Level 2 or A Level in addition to English and Maths in order to gain the necessary skills to access an appropriate college course. This is for students who require a little extra time to achieve the grades required for applying to an unassisted college course, or perhaps socially and emotionally they need a little more time to develop the skills to attend a local post-16 college. They study a broad curriculum as well as benefiting from the greater freedom and responsibility of a Sixth Form. Alongside this, the students develop travel and independence skills. They take part in impactful and meaningful weekly work experience placements in partnership with local businesses and schools.

Sports Specialism

Subject Periods Per Week Accreditation Level
Sport 5 GCSE PE GCSE
Maths 4 Functional Skills, Edexcel Award, Entry Level Certificate Entry Level 2 – 3
Level 1 – 2
English 4 GCSE, Functional Skills, Entry Level Certificate Personalised
Relationships Education 2 Award/ Certificate in Personal and Social Education Entry Level 2- 3
Level 1 – 2
Languages 2 Life Skills: Knowledge and understanding of another language and culture Personalised
Work Experience 6 Life Skills: Employability Personalised
External Provision – Sporting Chances 4 Life Skills: Employability Personalised
Targets 1 Life Skills: Independent Living / Social and Emotional Development
TOTAL 28    

 

Arts Specialism

Subject Periods Per Week Accreditation Level
Art/Photography 9 AS or A Level AS/ A Level
Maths 4 Functional Skills, Entry Level Certificate Entry Level 2 – 3
Level 1 – 2
English 4 GCSE, Functional Skills, Entry Level Certificate Personalised
Relationships Education 2 Award/ Certificate in Personal and Social Education Entry Level 2- 3
Level 1 – 2
Work Experience 6 Life Skills: Employability Personalised
PE 2 Life Skills: Healthy Living Personalised
Targets 1 Life Skills: Independent Living / Social and Emotional Development
TOTAL 28    

 

Skills for Work

Here the emphasis is on developing the skills to be able to achieve a meaningful work placement or job. This includes developing the necessary English, Maths and IT skills to gain employment, the social skills to lead or work as part of a team and the practical experience of regular work experience. Sixth Form students on this pathway take part in at least one day of work experience every week and, where appropriate, have access to high quality external vocational provision such as Construction/Mechanics. A number of students take part in Enterprise activities, designing and developing their own business. Students’ strengths and weaknesses are closely assessed and their curriculum is designed to aid their employability skills so as to give them the best possible chance of employment post-18.

Possible outcomes on this pathway are supported internships, further college courses, apprenticeships and full time work.

Subject Periods Per Week Accreditation Level
Skills for Work 3-5 BTEC Entry Level 2
Entry Level 3
Level 1
Maths 3 Functional Skills, Edexcel Award, Entry Level Certificate Entry Level 2 – 3
Level 1 – 2
English 3 GCSE, Functional Skills, Entry Level Certificate Personalised
Relationships Education 2 Functional Skills Entry 3
Work Experience 6 Life Skills: Employability
External Provision 6 Dependent on course studied Personalised
Options including Computing /Cooking / Drama / Art (If no external provision) 4 Functional Skills
Entry Level Certificate
Personalised
PE 2 Life Skills: Healthy Living Personalised
Life Skills 2 Life Skills: Independent Living Personalised
Targets 1 Life Skills: Social and Emotional Developments
TOTAL 28    

 

Skills for Life
Here the emphasis is on developing independence and life skills. We develop students’ social and physical skills to build resilience and their ability to be increasingly independent, as such allowing our students to lead a fulfilling and dignified life post Carew. This is based within school, in the community and in Garratt House, our ‘training house’ where students learn and develop skills around the home. This is a very practical pathway that concentrates on, among other things, being able to buy things from a shop, deal with money, develop travel training skills, make phone calls and use a computer.

Subject Periods Per Week Accreditation Level
Life Skills 5 BTEC Entry Level 1
Numeracy 2 Entry Level Award
Functional Skills
Personalised

 

Literacy 2 Entry Level Award Personalised

 

Relationships Education 2 Entry Level Award Personalised

 

Independence Skills / Travel Training 6 N/A – Independent Living Personalised

 

PE 2 N/A – Healthy Living Personalised

 

Garratt House 4 N/A – Independent Living Personalised

 

Options including Computing /Cooking / Drama / Art 4 Functional Skills
Entry Level Certificate
Personalised

 

Targets 1 N/A – Social and Emotional Developments
TOTAL 28    

Enrichment and British Values

We are keen for our Sixth Form students to get fully involved in the life of the school and, in accordance with our commitment to promoting and reinforcing British values, we have a number of Sixth Form Student Ambassadors who, amongst other roles, assist with planning events and supporting younger students. The principle of democracy is prevalent with elections taking place to fill these positions.

We actively encourage our Sixth Formers to exercise their individual liberty and make independent choices within the confines of our safe and supportive environment regarding their curriculum, enterprise activities and leisure time. We have a strong anti-bullying culture; students understand that mutual respect between staff and students as well as peers is a key component of our Sixth Form and everyone treats each other respectfully, with students encouraged to listen to each other’s views and show tolerance towards those with different beliefs or of a different faith.

Through our curriculum and our commitment to SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural knowledge), we help develop students’ moral compass, self-esteem and self-confidence as well as teach them skills they need to undertake their next steps, whether that be further study, meaningful employment or becoming a positive and purposeful member of society.

Summary

The Sixth Form curriculum has been carefully structured to provide a curriculum that is:

  • Broad and balanced
  • Engaging and interesting
  • Focused on the individual needs of each pupil
  • Able to develop academic, functional, vocational and creative skills

We will nurture, encourage and listen to every voice in our community, including pupils, parents and carers, friends and staff. Maximising the potential of every pupil will be placed at the heart of all decision making.   All young people will be valued for their individual contributions and their talents celebrated. We will support all pupils to leave as confident and independent individuals, armed with the necessary skills to ensure that they can advocate effectively for themselves. We will support pupils to pursue their ambitions, attain full social inclusion and achieve a high quality of life.

Please click here for our Sixth Form Guide.

Please click here for our Sixth Form Curriculum Map 2020/2021

Carew is an amazing school for our son, he now shines academically and his social skills are outstanding since being part of Carew.  Most of all they understand his needs and support him daily.

Parent 2019

 

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