The main aim for post 16 students is to offer a range of person centered learning opportunities through a carefully planned curriculum. Assessment in year 11 enables us to identify the best possible route for the future, which could include work placements and appropriate accreditation.

Fundamental to the curriculum is an ability to understand what the young person’s skills, interests and motivations are and how best to foster, develop and support these in order to establish a successful future.

Key areas of learning

Functional Skills

Post 16 students have opportunities to develop their academic skills in the areas of literacy and maths, in a functional and meaningful way. Activities and lessons will focus on skills being learnt in context, with practical and hands on activities, appropriate for the individual learner. Over the three post 16 years, students have opportunities to practice these skills within their familiar learning environments, during offsite community access and with greater independence. 

Independent Living

Young person washing upIt is vitally important that young people develop their independent living skills and are able to access activities in the community to help prepare them for their transition from Prior's Court. In the Post 16 department we aim to build on previous skills that have been taught and want to offer them a deeper understanding to enrich their quality of life which will allow each young person to reach their greatest potential.


Learning in the community is very important for all young people and helps them to establish a suitable range of different learning opportunities in functional and meaningful contexts. Post 16 students will have regular access to community services to ensure the transferring of skills learnt in the classroom environment. Students will have a clear focus throughout the different year groups building on their previous skills.

Leisure skills and social opportunities

Leisure skills are extremely important in supporting young people in order to enjoy learning in a wide range of different contexts. Developing social skills is also essential for opportunities to access a wider social network. Through careful planning we aim to work these two areas together to support the young people to access learning in a range of different ways.