Judith Cruickshank is the Upper School Phase Leader and alongside the team of highly skilled staff, implements the “preparation for adulthood” curriculum in the 14-19 department.
The Further Education department provides for students between 16 – 19 years. They follow a curriculum which provides continuing education for them to further develop their skills, knowledge, understanding and maturity to allow them to enter adult life and take full advantage of the many and varied opportunities available.
Significant emphasis is given to the further extension of vocational skills, life skills and key skills already developed in earlier Key Stages in order to prepare students for future placements upon leaving school. The curriculum provides opportunities to consolidate and generalise these skills in functional settings, which utilise the wider community wherever possible.
FE students complete AQA accreditation units. They work towards different units which are externally moderated and certificated. Students access accreditation units that are appropriate to their specific needs and pathway. Therefore, students’ profile of accreditation is individual to each pupil. Students also take part in certificated horticultural courses within a 3 year cycle. Certificates include the John Muir award, RSPB and National Garden award.
F.E students take part in a wealth of learning in the local community. Students work towards developing their independence, communication and money skills whilst using local facilities. Students take part in a range of enterprise activities, researching, producing then selling a range of different products.
Resources. As well as access to all the whole school specialist learning areas 16 – 19 have a kitchen and training room. Students can use these areas to experience and develop independent living skills.
Pathway to Adulthood.
Bleasdale School’s intent is that each student’s individual pathway to adulthood is planned and prepare for from when they start school. We achieve this by implementing the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks and using these to measure the impact of our high-quality transition support.
This ensures Bleasdale School complies with the legal obligation: Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.
Appropriate opportunities for all pathways to adulthood are mapped out for the whole school curriculum and subject leaders monitor this provision. Each student’s pathway is discussed and reviewed with parents and associated professionals annually at the student’s annual review. Therefore, destination guidance at Bleasdale School is bespoke and highly individualised for each student as we help them prepare for their pathway to adulthood: supported employment or community inclusion. 16 – 19 bespoke timetables have a focus on community inclusion.
For those students on a supported employment pathway, work experience is varied to support students interests in the world of work and some students will have the opportunity to work in our own community café: Bleasdale Brews.
The teacher with responsibility for Careers Education is Jude Cruickshank. She can be contacted on the school number or via email: email@example.com
The governor with responsibility for 14 -19 is: Rosemary Dyson and she can be contacted via the school office firstname.lastname@example.org
Destinations are a vital part of our careers guidance and transition. We support all our students to secure their chosen pathway.
2022: 1 student left to attend a sensory programme at an independent specialist provision.
3 students left for a bespoke community inclusion package of support.
2 students are attending a community programme while waiting for their shared house to be available.
Class: 16-19 Spring 2023
Comprehensive transition plans ensure their next placement is fully supported to meet their needs.
In association with
Acting Headteacher: Mrs Kirsty Ashton
Bleasdale School, 27 Emesgate Lane
Silverdale, Carnforth, Lancashire
For general enquiries, please contact the School Office on the telephone number below. Your query will be dealt with by Elisa Tidman.