Head of Key Stage 4
We are extremely proud of the fact that, as a special school, we follow a secondary model where learners are given the opportunity to move to specialist learning areas around the school. It is important to our learners that they follow this model just like their mainstream counterparts. It enables them to develop their personal thinking, self-esteem and organisational skills in preparation for further education as life-long learners. We have enhanced our Life Skills provision, designing the curriculum content around each individual group and what they, as a group, want and need to learn. We find this approach, along with high expectation of self and others, makes for a greater learning atmosphere.
College Link Courses - Truro College and Cornwall College
For those pupils who's learning path may include Truro or Cornwall Colleges, pupils will develop their life skills and experience college life including Food Technology, Sport and home management skills.
All pupils are expected to complete one week of work experience during their time in KS4. There will be consultation about the choice of placement that pupils may wish to carry out. This is an extremely valuable part of the KS4 Programme and gives pupils a taste of the real world of work! There will be a supported work programme offered to those pupils who it is felt will benefit most from this arrangement. This means that they will be allocated a member of staff from the school to work alongside them to ensure that they have a complete understanding of the tasks required and that they stay safe. We are proud of our links with the business world and local industries. Should young people show particular aptitude during their Y10 work placement they may be asked to continue for one day per week during Y11 to complete the Work Challenge. A number of pupils have gained employment through this process.
The work completed in KS4 will be accredited through nationally recognised awarding bodies. A number of pupils may be entered for GCSE Maths, English, Art, Dance and Science.
Careers Advice & Guidance
Pupils are introduced to career opportunities in Y9. Careers opportunities are taught through our PSHCE Programme. Pupils meet the Careers South West adviser (Careers Service) in Y9 and a relationship is developed over the next three years. There will be formal career interviews for each pupil. Parents are invited to attend the Education, Health and Social Care Review where advice will be offered about Further Education and work based training.
At Pencalenick we believe that education stretches beyond the classroom, which is why we plan a series of activities outside the normal timetable, at the end of the spring and summer terms. These sessions provide a great opportunity for pupils to participate in cultural, artistic, recreational and sporting activities, which they might otherwise not have an opportunity to experience. Most of the activities are minimal cost but rely heavily on support from ‘Pencalenick Friends’ and as such need your support as parents.