Sixth Form

At Linden Lodge pupils and families are prepared for adulthood from Year 9; Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) meetings are held to plan and prepare pupils for the next stage of their learning journey.  At this learning stage, steps are taken to ensure pupils fulfil their personal and family aspirations.

After Year 11 students enter sixth form, progressing into years 12, 13 and 14.  Each student follows an individualised curriculum building on strengths and interests to suit their learning level.

16 to 19 study programmes are designed to provide students with a structured and challenging individualised learning programme that supports their development and progression in line with their aspirations and future destinations.

This curriculum offer includes our main pathways – ACE (Adapted Curriculum), MSI (Multi Sensory Impairment) and Impacts (Individualised Profile Assessment Curriculum Target Setting) – these include additional courses leading to QCF qualifications (Qualification and Credit Framework), students will be accredited by WJEC (Welsh Board), ASDAN (awarding body) and The Arts Award.  Students are expected to transition from school with a minimum of 3 accredited units of work in their personalised Record of Achievement. For students with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) who have a learning difficulty assessment (LDA) or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), a study programme can apply beyond school up to the age of 25.

Each curriculum pathway has three main strands: Functional Skills, Life Skills and Vocational Skills which incorporate:

  • Functional Literacy and Numeracy Skills
  • Communication Development
  • Social and Leisure activities
  • Developing Independent Living Skills
  • Environmental Control and Technology

Experience the World of Work, Enterprise and Work Experience

Therapeutic and Mobility Programmes

  • Accessing the Community and using community facilities
  •  Annual Residential Woodlarks Trip
  • Preparing for Transition to adulthood with access to boarding residentially or respite.
  • Transitional support into College or other provisions.
  • Creativity – Artsmark Award, Discover/Explore Award
  • Access to additional curricula to include Health, Well- Being and Fitness programmes including swimming and hydrotherapy.

Students who attend the residential facility have the opportunity to further develop their independent living skills in preparation for community respite, short breaks and supported living through a 24 hour waking curriculum offer.

There is a Sixth Form Committee and Student Council in which students have involvement in decision making and affecting change within the learning environment.  This facilitates the development of self-advocacy, personal ownership and self-esteem. Students make a positive contribution to the whole school community.

Vocational opportunities include access to the student run shop, spa enterprise, horticulture and fundraising events. Students working on ASDAN Employability will be working towards supported internal or external work experience placements where appropriate.

 

Mode of Assessment

  • Baseline and continuous assessment measured by P Scales up to National Curriculum Entry Levels
  • Internal and external moderation
  • Accreditation study programmes
  • Lesson observations of teaching and learning
  • Functional Vision Assessments carried out by a QTVI
  • Recognising and celebrating student achievement – WOW moments, school certificates, Jack Petchey Awards
  • Ongoing self and peer assessment
  •  Annual Reviews and EHCP transfers

 

Modes of Supporting Pupils and families

  • Parental involvement and feedback
  • Pupil contracts
  • Personal Behaviour Plans and individualised risk assessments
  • Support profiles
  • Pupil Premium
  • Home/school communication diary
  • Family Liaison and parents evenings
  • Parent questionnaires to capture feedback
  • Transition programmes
  • Specialist teachers and trained support staff
  • Multi-agency working with Health and Therapy teams and Sensory Support Services
  • Clinical support services
  • Referrals to external specialists

 

Equality & Diversity

  •  Celebrating different cultures and festivals
  •  Weekly assemblies
  •  Whole school events
  • Travelling theatre shows (external bought in curriculum provision)
  • Music and culture
  • Food from different cultures
  • Celebrating British Values Week / Citizenship / Safer Citizen
  •  Black History
  • Sporting Events
  • Local visits and accessing the community

 

 

Whole School Outcomes - Summer Data 2015-2016 

 

PATHWAY – ACE

 

 

Below Expected

At the Expected Level

Above the Expected Level

Functional

Communication

 

6%

47%

47%

Literacy

 

7%

59%

34%

Mathematics

 

5%

38%

57%

Vocational

ICT

 

3%

44%

53%

Life Skills

PSHE

 

5%

39%

56%

 

PATHWAY - IMPACT

 

 

 

Below Expected

At the Expected Level

Above the Expected Level

Functional

Communication

 

 

18%

55%

27%

Literacy

 

18%

45%

37%

Mathematics

 

14%

55%

31%

Vocational

 

ICT

 

9%

50%

41%

Life Skills

 

PSHE

 

14%

50%

36%

 

Those students who work below the expected level of outcome are supported with an intervention and monitoring process.  A tracking system is put in place to identify the cause of under achievement and to secure improved attainment.  Reasons for low attainment may include: ill health, emotional and/or behavioural difficulties, low attendance, environmental factors or other physical barriers to learning.  Short term targets are set and individualised programmes are shared with parents, robust monitoring takes place ensuring issues are addressed. Interim meetings with parents are offered to discuss support plans and to make referrals to external health or educational agencies if appropriate.

 

Destinations pathways beyond Linden Lodge School include:

1.       Barnet and Southgate College

2.       Community Day Service

3.       Condover

4.       Dorton College

5.       Nash College

6.       Orchard Hill College

7.       SENSE

8.       Springfield Oaklands College – St Albans

9.       St Piers, Chalfont

10.   The Seashell Trust

11.   West of England College

12.   Young Epilepsy Society

13.   Alternative Placements: other/community outreach /medical placement/ home care/ residential supported living

 

6th Form Destination data

Placement

2014/15

2015/16

Barnet and Southgate College

 

1

Condover

1

 

Dorton College

2

1

Orchard Hill College

2

1

SENSE

1

 

St Peirs Chalfont

1

1

Young Epilepsy Society

 

1

Other

 

3

Total number of leavers

7

8

 

Alumni

By tracking students in their new placements Linden Lodge is committed to ensuring that transitions beyond school are successful and have sustainability. Students/family or placement will be contacted 3 months after starting their new provision, and then again at 9 months and 18 months for progress updates. Linden Lodge offer an annual Keep in Touch Day where past students and families are invited to meet up and socialise with peers

 

Information Advice and Guidance (IAG)

Linden Lodge offers a Parent Partnership Service which provides parental advocacy support and guidance with documentation for EHCP transfers; help with transitional support in applying for college placements; and signposting help within local authorities and referrals to support services. 

Class teachers are contactable via the communication diary, telephone and by email. Should issues arise then appointments can be made to meet with the class teacher, Head of School, Therapy and Nursing Manager, Head of Residential or Governors.

We welcome visits to class by appointment where you can participate and celebrate in your child’s learning.  

School ethos

‘’We believe that education is a partnership between school and family’’

Parental and student endorsement

  • S’s dream is to be independent and go out alone; he is a strong willed young person.  He aspires to be like his brother and attend University. – (EHCP transfer review 6/11/16)
  • A makes us (parents) and the school proud and it shows how much now at 18 she has grown up. Mrs A – ‘family very attached to Linden Lodge and nowhere else compares, staff are very  open and trusting’ – (EHCP transfer review  5/11/16)
  •  J loves school. ‘At the moment it is the one constant in her life’ – (care home manager Nov 2016)
  • ‘JF loves school and all the different people and varied activities he is exposed to there’ – (parent comment EHCP 24/11/16)