Sixth Form

The Sixth Form at Priestley Smith

Many students choose to stay on in the Sixth Form at Priestley Smith for two years after they finish compulsory education.  The Sixth Form offers students the chance to gain maturity, confidence and greater independence as they move into adulthood.  We offer two main strands to our students at Key Stage 5-

  • Foundation Learning offers subjects from Entry Level to Level 1, with a few subjects also offered at Level 2. This gives students the opportunity to gain qualifications at levels that will enable them to gain employment or advance onto further study.  A vital part of this strand is the opportunity to attend a mainstream college one day per week during year 12.  This placement is fully supported by our own staff and allows students to experience life in a much busier environment, mixing with a range of other students whilst gaining a qualification in Personal Development and Workskills.  During year 13, the college experience is replaced with a one day a week work placement to allow students the chance to practice what they have learnt with regard to travel, time-keeping and personal presentation, amongst other things.
  • For those students who gain 5 A*-C qualifications at the end of year 11, there is the opportunity to study A Levels in partnership with Great Barr School. Whist some study may still take place on our own campus, many subjects are followed at Great Barr with our students joining mainstream classes, with full learning support from our experienced support staff.

For those pupils who require it, mobility and ILS are also taught.  Pupils also continue to take part in PE and swimming acitvities.