Pupils in Key Stage 5 are aged between 16 – 19 years old and are taught in ability groups similar to but smaller than their mainstream peers.

Many subjects are taught by specialist teachers in specialists classrooms. Each teaching group has a named Level 3 Teaching Assistant to support them and many classes have Level 1 Teaching Assistant support. Some pupils have exceptional need support from Level 2 Teaching Assistants.


Internally and externally accredited courses are used to award and recognise pupil achievement, especially in key skill areas. Acquiring skills in preparation for leaving school is fundamental to achieving the best post-school provision.

  • Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT – Entry Levels 1-3 and Levels 1-2. (Year 14 only)
  • Arts Award – Discover, Explore, Bronze Award (Level 1) and Silver Award (Level 2)
  • Open Awards accredited courses; Entry Levels 1-3 and Levels 1-2. Qualifications cover a range of Vocational and Personal Learning including employability.
  • Students on the Further Education College Link course with Accrington and Rossendale College will achieve Edexcel accredited courses. These include Entry Level 2 and 3.
  • Catering students (where appropriate) will achieve basic Food Hygiene.
  • Students (where appropriate) will achieve Basic First Aid.

Further details regarding the content and approach for the year groups within this key stage are given, by subject, in the documents on this page.