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At Pendle Community High School and College our 14 -19 curriculum supports our young people as they develop their own interests and strengths and, with support, begin to think about their pathway at Post 16.

Alongside our core subjects the majority of our pupils in KS4 choose an additional option which will provide them with accreditation. Alongside this we run a Skill for Life course which combines pupils from both KS4 and College. This programme model allows us to incorporate a very wide menu of experiences and taster sessions designed to broaden our student’s life experiences and provide them with ideas and support to plan their pathway at Post 16 and beyond.

Pupils who transfer to our Post 16 College follow a bespoke curriculum designed to meet their individual needs. Some students remain with us for 3 years maximizing their self-help, independence and communication skills. Others remain for a shorter period of time to enhance their functional literacy and numeracy skills alongside gaining greater independence within the community, such as the use of public transport.

All of our Post 16 students follow the ‘Moving On’ Syllabus which provided stimulating topic based themes to base the delivery of skills teaching. All of the work is accredited via Unit Awards or Entry Level courses.

All of our students are supported throughout their 14 -19 education by the Young People Service who will be on hand to provide advice to students and family on suitable routes into further education and Adult Services. Some pupils with more complex needs will have the support of the Transitions Service who will advise on packages of support incorporating, in some cases both health and social care. This will be outlined in the pupils Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP)

For some pupils their time ends with us at 16 when they leave to take up courses at Local Colleges. All of our pupils taking this route have Entry Level English and Maths and in some cases BTEC awards and GCSE’s accredited via our co-located high school, Pendle Vale College.

For some of our pupils, whose needs are met via a sensory curriculum with a focus upon communication and postural management they will begin their Moving On curriculum in Year10. This allows for a smooth transition into College. All work is accredited via unit awards.

During their time within our 14-19 curriculum pupils will benefit from taster college session delivered on a carousel at either ACROSS or Nelson and Colne college. For those who will be seeking a college place at the end of year 11 we support pupils and families in arranging visits to courses and Open Evenings.

Pendle Community High School & College
Pendle Vale Campus, Oxford Road, Nelson, Lancashire, BB9 8LF
Tel: 01282 682260 E-mail: reception@pchs.lancs.sch.uk

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