Staff in Kestrels class are:
Teachers – Katie (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday morning) and Kate (Wednesday afternoon and Friday)
SSA’s – Ali, Sarah and Kristina
Kestrels is a class of 10 students aged 16-18. The students take part in lots of activities during the week, including shopping for and cooking their own lunch on a Tuesday. On Thursdays the students go to college, with some students going to Chichester College where they have opportunities to learn about catering, horticulture, performing arts and hair and beauty, and others going to the Brinsbury Campus where they have different opportunities such as learning about working with animals. As well as enabling the students to have new experiences and learn new skills, this opportunity can facilitate a growth in confidence and a greater awareness of what is available and what they might like to do when they leave our school. A number of students go on to take courses at Chichester College.
Every week the students take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. This is based in four sections – Physical, Volunteering, Skills and Expedition. The activities include kayaking, cooking, drama and volunteering for the National Trust. Again taking part in this helps to widen the students experience, gain skills and build self-confidence.
All students in the sixth form take part in our Friday afternoon leisure programme. Examples of the activities offered at different times of the year are swimming, trampolining, bowling, golf, dance, sensory music, walking and climbing. Classes also arrange their own trips out to places such as theatre, restaurants, the cinema, the Pallant House Gallery and the Novio Museum in Chichester.
Students in Kestrels class have a busy and varied time but we do manage to fit in class based work as well! All students in the sixth form work on their basic literacy and numeracy skills, with a focus on time and money, important skills for independence in adult life. They follow the ASDAN programme, completing modules based around independent living skills such as cooking, keeping safe, and being as independent as possible. Students are encouraged to work together as a team, and to help and support their fellow students.