Sixth Form 2019 - 2020
Welcome to Sixth Form!
We aim to prepare our students for the next stage of their learning journey. Empowering them to become confident young adults, conscious of the world around them, and ready for the next stage of their lives.We offer a curriculum which builds on their personal, social and independence skills, with the emphasis on preparing these young people for life beyond school.
Sixth Form is a maximum of 3 school years with the majority of students staying at Ysgol Maes Hyfryd until 19 years of age, however, a personalised curriculum enables students to transition to college earlier with some of our students transitioning at the end of Year 12 and Year 13.
Classes are mixed ages and year groups.
There are currently 3 classes in Sixth Form - H3, H4 & H5.
All lessons in Sixth Form are taught in small groups which means the teaching staff get to know their students well and can provide them with tailored help and support.
We continue to work closely with our careers advisor, Amanda Frankland, from Careers Wales who offers specialist , individual support for our young people.
Sixth Form Environment
In Sixth Form we strive to create an environment in which our students can relax and have a greater freedom but which also maintains high expectations in terms of behaviour and attitude to work.
There is no uniform in Sixth Form however all students are expected to follow a school dress code.
Each classroom is fitted with a small kitchen area and students are encouraged to develop independence living skills during breaktimes making themselves a warm drink and light snack as necessary.
At breaktimes and lunchtimes students are given the opportunity to move freely between a choice of leisure activities both indoors and outdoors.
Sixth Form Curriculum
Students in H3 continue to follow a semi-formal curriculum in line with the Sensory department.
Students in H4 and H5 continue to follow Literacy and Numeracy lessons to develop basic skills with the emphasis on using these skills in practical real life situations.
PSE (Personal Social Education) and Careers planning are an integral part of the curriculum with discrete lessons timetabled.
ICT is taught as a discrete lesson on the timetable with the DCF embedded in all areas of the curriculum.
RE is taught as a discrete lesson with each class having a daily act of worship and a weekly departmental assembly.
ILS (Independent Living Skills) is timetabled each week which teaches life skills including money skills, using facilities in the community, healthy living and cookery skills.
Students work towards accreditation in PSD (Personal Social Development) and Employability skills.
Students continue to work towards their IEP's (Individual Educational Plans) through all lessons and learning activities.
Curriculum enrichment is provided through a range of options 2 afternoons a week.
The Options change termly to cover the areas of vocational, expressive arts, health & wellbeing, humanities, science & technology, maths & business.
Students have the opportunity to work towards awards including Duke of Edinburgh & John Muir awards.
Volunteering - Work Experience
Every member of sixth form is encouraged to volunteer. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved with community projects eg) SIDEWALK project, BUZZ cafe, Flintshire Foodbank.
Mrs Metcalf is our Work Experience Co-ordinator. Her role is to ensure that all students have the opportunity to experience an appropriate work placement. These work placements can be on a group or individual basis, supported or independent, depending on the individual student.
Independent Travel Training
Mrs Cameron is our Transport Training Co-ordinator. Her role is to identify those students who would benefit from travel training in the community, using local buses and bus routes, to develop independence skills.
Students follow individual programmes in the community with her support.
Links with Coleg Cambria
We maintain close links with our local colleges.
Students have the opportunity to experience and become familiar with the college environment and experience college taster sessions in preparation for leaving school.
Links with other Providers
We value the inclusion of projects and courses run by other providers and specialist staff.
We have developed and maintained strong links with Saltney High School who provide an inclusion project each year for our students. These projects have included accredited Cookery and Drama courses.
We are fortunate to have good links with North Wales Training providers who have provided many accredited and non accredited courses for our students including Teamwork skills, Life Skills and Work Skills. North Wales Training offer a flexibility of programmes to meet the needs of our students, including a tailored Forest School programme aimed to develop self esteem and confidence.
We pride ourselves that pupil progress and achievement is recognised and celebrated in our students.
We offer Entry Level and Level 1 qualifications in Personal, Social Development and Employability.
Students have the opportunity to work towards different awards through various projects and courses.
Trips and Residentials
We recognise that working outdoors offers engaging and exciting learning activities for our students. Many lessons and activities are taught in the local community, with students accessing local facilities and exploring local places of interest.
The Duke of Edinburgh Option enables students to work towards awards with the opportunity to experience camping and expeditions aswell as a residential experience at Gold award level.
Each year sixth form students are invited to a residential holiday at Nant Bwlch Yr Haern, Llanrwst. Students have the opportunity to experience outdoor pursuits at the activity centre, taught by specialised staff, with adventurous activities including rock climbing, coast-steering, mountaineering and canoeing.
Sixth Form staff work closely with each individual student and Amanda Frankland, Careers Wales, to ensure a smooth transition to future placements for our students.
The sixth form curriculum, including college tasters and work experience placements, enables the students to explore and recognise their interests and strengths and find out about future options available to them.
Each student is involved in the process of decision making about their future.
Students take part in Individual Careers Interviews with Amanda Frankland, Careers Wales advisor, and take an active role in their Annual Review and Transition meetings.
We work closely with both local and specialist colleges to provide a smooth transition for our young people.
Local colleges include Coleg Cambria, Northop, Deeside and Yale.
Specialist colleges include Pengwern College, Derwen College, Autism Wales.
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