Sixth Form

Post 16 at Hallmoor School is focused on preparing our students for adult life. The Sixth Form aims to prepare young people to take advantage of the opportunities available to them beyond school through further development of their academic skills, personal skills and work related and enterprise skills.

The school offers a broad Post-16 curriculum, including a range of accredited subjects, and a range of vocational qualifications. Each student is encouraged to follow a ‘Pathways’ programme which focuses on their individual ability; skills and interests.

The school’s Post-16 curriculum is fully supported by a range of external experiences including residential, work experience placements and our own work related advisor. The school provides access to college and training providers and a structured work experience programme.

Organisation and Activities

Sixth Form is organised into tutor based hierarchical groups of Year 12, 13 and 14 students of similar academic ability. Each group is led by a sixth form tutor who is responsible for all aspects of student wellbeing and pastoral care.

Considerable emphasis is placed on liaison with students, parents and outside agencies. Where appropriate, students are expected to take on increasing degrees of personal responsibility and to develop and demonstrate appropriate organisational skills.

Some education takes place off the school site. During the 3 years within 6 th form, students will have the opportunity to experience a college environment for one day a week. Students visit the local community/amenities to develop the skills to use these facilities as independently as possible.

Read more in our handbook:

Course Structure

Subjects studied in 6th form include:

  • Literacy – Entry Level; Functional Skills and GCSE.
  • Numeracy – Entry Level; Functional Skills and GCSE.
  • ICT – Entry Level; Functional Skills and GCSE.
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Personal Social Development
  • Sex and Relationships
  • Vocational/Enterprise courses
  • Physical Education

Vocational Learning

Sixth Form Students at Hallmoor are able to experience a range of vocational pathways and options delivered by qualified visiting tutors and school staff:

Bricklaying

Hallmoor has a link with training provider Kingsbury Training. A tutor comes into school on Fridays to work with a small group of students on construction projects. They learn the basics of bricklaying including; different brick bonds, mixing mortar, building walls etc. They will also cover using the right tools for the job and health and safety. All tools and protective clothing is provided. Students can choose this as a taster, or if they decide to stay with this vocational choice over their time in 6th form, they can work towards industry standard qualifications in City and Guilds.

Painting and decorating

Hallmoor has a link with training provider Kingsbury Training. A tutor comes into school on Fridays to work with a small group of students on construction projects. They learn the basics of painting and decorating including; using the right tools for the job, health and safety and preparing different surfaces for paint or wallpaper etc. All tools and protective clothing is provided, including boards and doors for practicing paint techniques. Students can choose this as a taster or if they decide to stay with this vocational choice over their time in 6th form, they can work towards industry standard qualifications in City and Guilds.

Manufacturing

School has a modern Design and Technology room equipped with machine tools and state of the art woodwork benches. Students are able to work in a variety of resistant materials to produce a range of products for their own use, or for sale. For example students could choose to make a product such as a fishing float, or weight. Students will follow the whole process from design through to production.

Catering

We are very fortunate to have a professional chef delivering catering courses to our 6th form students. Students work as a team to serve a takeaway lunch for staff on Fridays. This includes a main course and desert. The course is delivered in a fully equipped catering kitchen and students wear catering whites. Students who choose this pathway work towards Food Hygiene qualifications and The Jamie Oliver Award.

Hair and Beauty

Hair and beauty takes place, off site, at a fully equipped training salon based at ‘The Pump’ in Lea Village. Courses are taught by a qualified hair and beauty therapist. Clients can range from school staff and students, parents and members of the local community. Student who chose this pathway could work towards OCR or C&G qualifications.

Horticulture

Hallmoor School has a long term link with Castle Bromwich Gardens. Our 6th Form Horticulture group has a large plot of land at the gardens which they tend weekly. All garden tools and protective clothing is provided. Not only is this good exercise for the students, they are able to experience growing seasonal flowers and vegetables and working towards an OCR Life and Living Skills Horticulture portfolio. They often sell their produce to school staff.

Car wash and Valeting

Car wash and valeting is always a popular choice with students and staff. Students offer a service to wash and valet staff cars during the school day. They will also have the opportunity to develop their knowledge of simple car maintenance eg checking oil levels and water levels. If the weather is inclement students will work towards ASDAN units.

Decorative and Creative Arts

6th form vocational Art is delivered by an art instructor who is also a professional artist. Students who follow the art GCSE pathway are encouraged to choose Art as a vocational choice to broaden their portfolio. However, students may also choose this option as a stand alone option. The course is run in a dedicated Art room with access to a range of art media. There are also opportunities to visit local exhibitions and installations.