Post 16 at Highfield

Entering Post-16 is an exciting next step from secondary provision at Highfield School. We offer a range of different courses and opportunities that are personalised for each individual student. The curriculum is designed to support students in their learning, provide interesting and exciting options and above all to prepare for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life

In Post 16 student progress is measured by both accredited (qualifications) and non-accredited methods. We use EHCP and IEPs to set and monitor non-accredited outcomes. These non-accredited outcomes are specific to the individual student’s educational priorities, and can be based around any aspect of the curriculum i.e. communication, problem solving, life skills, social and emotional or vocational.

The focus is to help young adults to become as self-sufficient as possible, we encourage them to develop skills for independent living, such as looking after yourself, problem solving, decision making, risk management and communication. Students gain practical experience of budgeting, shopping, preparing meals, carrying out domestic chores and taking responsibility for their own personal care.

For support and more information about Post 16 at Highfield please contact Amanda Sheppard (Assistant Head).

Performance Data 16-18


Ready To Work

  • This is a one-year programme designed to provide an introduction to work as it introduces generic employability skills designed to build confidence for the workplace. This pathway is for students who are aiming to progress onto and employability exit route, apprenticeship, supported internship such as Project SEARCH, who currently have projects at the Mid Yorkshire Hospital NHS Trust – Pinderfields and the Next Distribution Centre, or moving on to College to access the Get Set programme

Independent Living, Employability and Vocational Skills

  • The NOCN Entry Level Award,  in Independent Living, Using Employability Skills, Vocational Skills and Personal Success and Well Being (Entry 1 – 3) (QCF) are designed to provide a foundation to both personal and working life. Each class will focus on some of the following areas: Personal Development, Vocational Support, Literacy and Numeracy, Arts and Crafts,  Horticulture and Sport and Leisure as well as more generic life and employability skills designed to build confidence for the home and workplace. The qualifications also contain units to address learners’ needs in Literacy and Numeracy as well as personal development areas such as Emotional Intelligence, Road Safety Awareness or Computer Basics. Learners will gain an overview of key skills and areas of knowledge in order to inform further study and/or employment choices in the areas named above.
  • Students may be able to move on to the Ready to Work Programme in Year 13 or 14 from this pathway

Independent Life and Work-skills Pathway

  • This pathway is for students who require further development with their independence in life and working-skills. Students will be accessing the community to develop independent, travel and safety skills.

Semi-Formal Curriculum

  • Students following the Semi-formal curriculum in main school will continue to develop their skills and independence in Post16.