Kestrel Class

Kestrel class is part of the Further Education Department (FE) and are a group of inquisitive individuals (year 12 -14) who work towards developing independence and life skills in preparation for their transition into adulthood.  We take part in a range of learning activities covering a broad spectrum of subject areas during which students apply their understanding in a functional way. Students have meaningful opportunities to enhance their skills and knowledge in preparation for their transition to further education, world of work or for living in the wider community.

Our students work across differentiated curriculum pathways, each with a personalised learning plan linked to their individual EHCP outcomes.  Alongside this, students work towards accredited learning through the completion of either the ASDAN ‘Towards Independence’ accreditation or OCR ‘Life and Living Skills’ accreditation. There are also opportunities for students working on Pathway 3 to obtain functional English and Maths qualifications at Entry Level 1-3 and Level 1 onwards. We follow a three year rolling program within which key skills are acquired and embedded;

  • Environment and Community
  • Health, Physical and Creativity
  • Independent Living and PSHE
  • Keeping Safe
  • Ourselves
  • Work Related Learning.
  • Functional Skills

In addition, Kestrel class have opportunities to experience extra-curricular activities such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award, Work Experience, Residential Visits, Class Trips and Transition Events.

This term we our main aim has been to ensure all students have a successful transition in their return to school as well as re-establishing routines and structure to enable them to feel safe and secure in the classroom.  To enable us to achieve this Kestrel class have engaged through a nurturing approach to learning focussed upon the Rainbow Curriculum (based upon the Recovery Curriculum by Barry Carpenter).

Kestrel Class Staff

Lucyna Mansfield


Tracy Jones

Teaching Assistant

Sue Christopher

Teaching Assistant

Sue Cook

Teaching Assistant

Anne Purver

Teaching Assistant