I have worked in a variety of settings for teenagers for
over 30 years and I am delighted to now be the Faculty Manager for the Post 16 Centre. Over the past thirty years I have developed a number of
skills to motivate and stimulate young people to achieve, whether it be 13
years of teaching GCSE PE, 20 plus years of running the Duke of Edinburgh
Award, pioneering outdoor learning opportunities through Forest School and
charity/community volunteering or working through our bespoke Life Skills
project. I love to ignite the joy in life that self-belief can give us.
The curriculum offers truly person-centred individual
learning packages that create the best opportunity for our teenagers. Individual
Learning Pathways are designed with achievable academic targets that challenge
and excite. In addition they are complimented by Vocational provision that
prepares teenagers for adult life giving them a sense of belief in themselves.
The variety of subject areas gives every opportunity for our young people to
find that skill or interest that inspires them to succeed and believe that they
have a valuable and respected place in society.
Along with all the staff in the Post 16 Centre, we aim to make
sure our pupils have the best opportunities to leave with a rucksack full of
qualifications, life skills and a self-belief that leads to many opportunities
to thrive in their adult lives
Level 1/2 Study Programmes
GCSE's & Vocational Level 1 & 2's
Performing ArtsSociologyPsychologyCitizenshipReligious StudiesAnimal CareAstronomyEngineering
Hair & BeautyCreative MediaEngineering21st Century ScienceBusinessSportHistoryComputer Science
ConstructionLand BasedChildcareHospitalityTravel & TourismHealth & Social CareClassical Civilisations Equine
MathsStatisticsEnglish LiteratureEnglish LanguageHome Cooking SkillsLawArtICT
In Partnership with Enable
Our supported internship programme is the first step into paid employment or apprenticeship and combines work experience with related vocational qualifications.
We currently offer internships in Equine, Hospitality & Catering, Retail Business and Animal Care however other areas may be available on request.
A Level & Vocational Level 3s
Applied ScienceBusinessMediaPsychologyCriminology CateringFood Science & Nutrition
BiologyBusinessEnglish LanguageEnglish LiteratureReligious StudiesArtProduction Arts
Vocational Workplace TrainingJob Coach1:1 Support Option
Duke of Edinburgh Awards
(Gold, Silver and Bronze)
Pathways for Adulthood (PfA)
Life SkillsEmployabilityPreparation for Further & Higher EducationCareers & Community Education
Lifehouse is a school that believes in a truly person-centred approach to
learning and personal growth across all its settings. In the Post 16 centre, an essential, well-balanced relationship between academic
learning and wellbeing support leads to successful outcomes for our pupils.
be truly person centred in our provision we make sure the young person sits in
the middle of all provision planning from the first visit. We creating a
relaxed atmosphere for the initial meeting and subsequent conversations so that
the young person can explore the multitude of options we offer and also share
their personal challenges, needs, interest, desires and aspirations.
from the pupil complements their education health care plan to inform the truly
person-centred provision package for each young person. Timetables and
curriculum plans remain flexible working documents, adapted as often as
half-termly if required to meet changing individual needs.
As well as
academic success as an outcome for all pupils, we strive to prepare young
people for adulthood. Becoming increasingly independent, Life skills sessions,
group activities (indoor and outdoor) and individual wellbeing sessions are
central to this goal. .
Annual Reviews of Education Health Care Plans are used to
identify and review person-centred plans that address relevant aspects of preparation
for adulthood for each young person. Person-Centred Plans identify personal outcomes
which are relevant to the young person’s aspirations, needs and wants.
supported in 1:1 Wellbeing sessions with highly skilled mentors, who work in
partnership with the pupils to overcome fears and challenges that may hold
young people back. Sessions provide opportunity to look back at progress and to
inform changes to their support or teaching going forward. Pupils learn that
their voice matters and is heard, and that there is a place for all of us in
the adulthood that is just around the corner for them.
the wellbeing sessions, every young person will have a number of PFA (Preparation
for Adulthood) sessions each week in which life skills and independence are
developed to support the independent living of adulthood, from making
decisions, planning a leisure activity, budgeting, washing clothes to basic car
maintenance. The list is almost endless.
Pupils create a useful portfolio which
they can take with them to refer back to during their emerging independence and
life after school.
spend time every week exploring strategies and services that support us to
manage our own personal physical and mental health and developing self-awareness.
We learn more about the numerous diagnoses that so many of us have to learn to live
with and develop coping strategies that give us the confidence and belief that
we can live independently and find enjoyable work that ultimately makes us feel
part of the society we live in.
We are truly
blessed to have managed to build a team of teaching and support staff that is
second to none. Caring, supportive, understanding, patient, hard working and
always looking at new ways to understand the ever-changing complexities of
young people and the challenges they bring.
It is the fine
and carefully considered balance of our provision that has seen young people we
have worked with move into all sorts of employment, further and higher education
with their heads held high and the tools they need to explore and enjoy the
life that is unfolding in front of them.