Key Stage 5

Key Stage 5

In Pathway 1 Sixth Form we aim to extend and further the students’ opportunities for inclusion and integration within the wider community. This involves a structured, tactical approach to enable each individual to cope with the many and varied demands of adult life. We are mindful of the fact that each student is an individual who needs to work at their own pace with differing levels of support to achieve their full potential.  We aim to provide a curriculum which meets all needs and stretches each individual pupil. 

Our sixth form students are encouraged to be active role models throughout the school and wider community. 

Teaching is largely based around applying knowledge and being able to generalise skills in various settings and situations.  Developing and securing life skills are a major focus, this includes self help, personal care, cooking, and travel. We have a studio apartment set up for use in school, which gives pupils real life experience of the daily tasks needed such as cleaning, food preparation, using a washing machine and so forth. The curriculum is largely based in the community where pupils learn to travel safely and have opportunities to experience and explore the facilities in the local area and beyond. Where suitable, pupils undertake accreditations.  We are committed to developing each pupil and giving them the skills needed when they leave Meadow.   Pupils in Key Stage 5 also have the opportunity for Enterprise and where suitable Work Experience.  Work Experience is tailored to an individual's abilities and interests, currently our students are running on site enterprise projects, some supporting in a care home and some working with animals on a local farm. 

Throughout their time in Sixth Form, pupils and families have access to support and advice from an independent careers advisor. This information will help inform the next transition for pupils when moving on from Meadow High School.

Accreditation Overview   

Pupils in 6th form have the opportunity to work towards Entry Level Maths and English. 

Functional Skills Level 2
Functional Skills Level 1
Entry Level 3
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 1

6th form Enrichment and Extracurricular Activities

It is hoped that students in the sixth form will take advantage of opportunities to participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities such as (not limited to): 

  • Residential trips to Centre Parcs
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme: Bronze/Silver/ Gold  
  • Enrichment weekly sessions
  • After school clubs 
  • Sporting events: Boccia, rounders 
  • Trips 
  • Sixth form leavers afternoon/sixth form prom/sixth form BBQ


Duke of Edinburgh Award   (DofE)

Duke of Edinburgh is an international award for 14-24 year-old who can do a DofE programme at one of three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, leads to a Bronze, Silver then Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.  

We start on the Bronze level which consists of 4 components, Physical, Skill, Volunteering and Residential. Some of our young people undertake and achieve this in Key Stage 4 if they are an existing Meadow student. They involve helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning and training for and completing an expedition. Once complete students will be offered a chance to obtain their silver and subsequently their gold. 

Any young person can do their DofE – regardless of ability, gender, background or location. Achieving an award is not a competition or about being first.  It is all about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries. It is hoped through our DofE programme the young people will have fun, make friends, improve their self-esteem and build confidence. We also aim for them to gain essential skills and attributes for adult life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive. 

Pathway One - Matrix is linked here.


Miss F Bonnar
Faculty Lead - Pathway 1