Post 16 at Heaton School
Post 16 provision at Heaton School spans across our 2 campuses - Heaton School and our Cheadle Heath campus. Within the curriculum we focus strongly on Preparation for Adulthood and the following themes:
- Developing Independent Living Skills
- Good Health and Wellbeing
- Friendships, Relationships and Community
- Life/Empolyment Skills
Our aim is to prepare our students for the move into adulthood by empowering them with the communication, skills and tools to do this as independently and confidently as is possible, playing an active role in their learning and any decisions about their future.
At our main site in Heaton Moor, we have post 16 students who are working in our Sensory Department, developing their independence skills and communication to prepare for adulthood. Lessons include community access activities and travel training, use of money, mini enterprise actvities, life skills lessons as well as health and well being activities.
We also have classes for our students who need a more structured approach and timetable, supportive and secure enviroment and additional support to access the curriculum. Ratios of support will be a lot higher to enable the students to access the curriculum as fully as possible. Lessons include food tech, Mini enterprise, community activities, art, drama, communication, english and maths.
At Cheadle Heath we have provision for those students who are ready to embark on more challenges with regard to our curriculum and preparation for adulthood. Where appropriate, students access a wide variety of community based activities such as travel training, shopping, accessing the local leisure centre and visits to areas of Greater Manchester. They also take part in a number of work related activties such as mini enterprise, cafes, Duke of Edinburgh, charity projects and so forth. Subjects include English and Maths, PSHE, Food Tech, Forest Schools and Performing Arts. Students also have the opportunity to access external work placements in the local community.
Post 16 students continue to be assessed using our Routes for Learning and H-levels as well as having opportunites to gain accreditation from external awarding bodies (Currently under review).