Our Key Stage 4 and Post 16 curriculum offers an opportunity for students to study those subjects they wish to choose. The school offers a choice of one option choice, with both vocational and academic choices present, as well as one core option. We endeavour to create a timetable that allows most students to have their preferred choice of subjects. However, this is not always possible for everyone, if subjects become oversubscribed we will endeavour to look at the skills required and support our students in picking options in which we know they can succeed. Current examples of option subjects we offer are Hair and Beauty, Food Technology, History, Childcare, Geography, Art and Design, Computing, however bespoke options have previously been established dependent on student need and interest, where appropriate.
Students receive information regarding careers and the options available to them through careers advice, mentoring sessions, and with subject staff at year 9 options afternoon. We believe it is essential that students identify subjects that they are both passionate about and competent in. Additionally, when deciding their options, students should give consideration to how their choices will lead to a future pathway at Key Stage 5 and Employment/training.
Alongside our option choices sits our core offer. This focuses on developing skills and gaining accreditation in English, Maths, Science, ICT, PD, as well as PE or Work Skills.
All of our students also complete Duke of Edinburgh offering a range of experiences varied from the traditional school experience, developing leadership and adaptability as well as confidence in our students.
To maintain our varied curriculum that enables our students to access a wealth of vocational options, Laser Award sits within every Key Stage 4 and Post 16 student’s curriculum offering access to the vocational subjects on a carousel basis, developing practical and independent skills that prepare them for adulthood and further study. Progression as a Post 16 student at Hillcrest Shifnal School leads to students having curriculum time for Leadership and Independence skills
As well as school based learning we offer all of our Key Stage 4 and Post 16 students 1 day of alternative learning at an offsite provision, the aim of this is to develop students independence skills, give vocational options where students can flourish, and the opportunity to experience and alternative learning environment.