Jean Rees Centre

6th Form

6th Form

The Jean Rees Centre is the Federation’s 6th Form provision which is located on the Chilton Trinity School campus. The 6th Form is open to students aged 16-19 years old with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). Places are allocated through received consultation from Somerset County Council. The Jean Rees Centre is purpose built and has specialist teaching facilities including specialist nurture, sensory and movement rooms where students can relax and enjoy therapeutic support. 

The core aim of the 6th Form is to prepare students for life and work. This runs throughout the curriculum ensuring that students reach their full potential so that they can live full and enjoyable lives as adults, with opportunities and choices that are right and enable them to be as independent as they can.

The Post-16 Foundation Learning Study Programmes enable all students to continue to learn in English, Maths and ICT and is mapped to the four areas of the Preparing for Adulthood Framework; employment, independent living, community inclusion, and health. There are two differentiated pathways; Pathway One aims to prepare students for independent living, further education, training or employment. Pathway Two is based on the principal of working towards being happy, healthy and safe and has a multi-sensory experiential approach where students learn and practice everyday life skills.

Study Programmes are personalised around students’ individual aspirations as identified through their person-centred EHCP annual review. We work collaboratively with students, parent carers and other professionals throughout to ensure we are all futures-led. We strive to ensure that our provision meets the needs, interests and aspirations of all our students. Students are increasingly developing ownership of their EHCP targets and their progress towards them.

 In addition to tracking student progress towards their EHCP outcomes, each Study Programme is underpinned with at least one of the following recognised qualifications that also evidences progress:

·         OCR Life and Living incorporating English and Maths

·         OCR Functional Skills English and Maths

·         ASDAN Towards Independence

At the heart of the 6th Form are its links with the local community including the library, businesses, college and community groups. The curriculum encourages students to be active in their community and where possible, learn in the community, allowing students to foster and maintain strong supportive networks within their own communities that continue beyond their school years into adulthood.

With an extensive vocational and careers curriculum at the Federation, students are able to extend their cooking, gardening, enterprise and work-related learning skills within weekly Cooking, Gardening, Enterprise and Futures lessons. Many of our students access Endeavour2Achieve; this is a unique furnished property in Somerton that allows our students to apply their household and independent living skills in a non-educational setting. Students also take part in regular food shopping sessions linked to the purchase of ingredients for their cooking lessons and snack times including a pop-up Tuck Shop. When able and appropriate, students also undertake Independent Travel Training. We continuously highlight how skills are transferrable to life and work.

All 6th Form students take part in school based work experience which involves working alongside staff members in different job roles. Once ready, some students also take part in meaningful community based work experience and are fully supported by staff, which allows students to get their first taste of work. We are also actively involved in the collaborative SEN.seSATIONAL! Pop-up Shop. Click here to find out more about our Careers Education Programme.

As a Rights Respecting School, students develop their understanding of their rights, citizenship and global awareness through fundraising, charity events, volunteering and PSHE. We also have an active School Council and Junior Leadership Team where students have a voice and influence on decisions at the Federation.

Educational visits to a variety of venues are used to enhance and support the curriculum e.g. to places of interest, places of worship and places to prepare for adulthood. Visitors are invited into school to support teaching and learning. Students also take part in visits to local employers and businesses in order to develop vocational skills. Local employers are also encouraged to visit the school to deliver workshops.

The Elmwood & Penrose Federation also has many links with Post-19 providers that supports transitions.  Many of our students actively take part in an extended transition to their future place of study or work.

We offer all of our students a high level of support through our high staffing levels. Where appropriate for individual additional needs, some students receive one-to-one support. The school works closely with a range of external health and social care professionals. We also have access to a range of internal intervention specialists who can provide additional and targeted support. We have access to a range of specialist equipment and resources including physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and a specialist sensory room; these sessions are selected based on students’ needs.

We are relocating!

In April 2021, the 6th Form will be moving to what is currently our Penrose School site and we have some exciting plans to develop the provision further. At our new Polden Bower School site that is planned to open in January 2021, students will be supported to run an onsite café that will be open to the public. We are also currently exploring establishing a permanent shop. These new facilities and resources will make a real positive difference, allowing our students the opportunity to acquire new skills, knowledge and experiences that prepare them for adulthood.


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