Year 13








The aim of the Programme of Study is to continue to recognise the need for recovery work, this year focusing on social communication skills, understanding of relationships and life beyond school, including the world of work. In addition, work will target building confidence writing for a range of purposes including making links between the notion of the writer and their audience.  Through engaging with a wide range of texts, students will explore character, plot, key events and themes related to traditional and modern fairy stories and folk tales.  They will engage with appropriate PSHE issues linked to a range of relationships including an understanding of ‘real’ and ‘fantasy’.   Students will also engage with the changing nature of roles in society associated with gender at an appropriate level. Students' work will be accredited through the AQA Unit Award Scheme; units have been written to provide opportunities for students to develop their Reading, Writing and Speaking, Listening & Communication skills towards their next step exam. Units are available at Level 1, Entry Level and Pre-Entry Level.  Each group will engage with a range of texts most appropriate for them in terms of engagement and theme. 

In addition, students will build skills, confidence and independence applying gained knowledge to examination units. At Entry Level, Step Up To English units selected this year are Component 1: Leisure and Next Steps + Component 2:  Myths & Legends. The number of units completed by each group will vary depending on how near their next step qualification the students are. Functional Skills English Level 1 and 2 students will be engaging with examination Reading and Writing past papers and using Fairytales Reloaded as a stimulus to complete the Speaking, Listening & Communication component of their examination work.

Cycle 3 - We will be studying themes around The Island.    We are currently in Cycle 3 (2022/23).

Responding to the theme ‘The Island’ – [Cycle 3]

The aim of the Programme of Study in Key Stage 5 is to continue to recognise the need for recovery, this year focusing on building confidence applying core literacy skills to a range of different tasks with greater consistency and independence whilst developing engagement and curiosity to learn.  This is Year 3 of the recovery programme we have been running for our KS5 students. Social communication skills will also continue to be a focus; this project provides a wide range of opportunities for paired, small group and whole group challenges.  We are seeking to build confidence working independently with peers, solving problems related to the real-world and building transferable life skills linked to life beyond school and the World of Work.  PSHCE and cross-curricular learning opportunities will continue to be taken to support recovery and greater understanding of themselves and others, this work to include developing their ability to predict and risk assess in a range of situations.  In addition, the units will provide extended learning opportunities to engage with current issues such as climate change and conservation as well as nurture their creative thinking and ability to imagine and tell a story.  Student work will be accredited through the AQA Unit Award Scheme at the appropriate level.  

In addition, students will build skills, confidence and independence applying gained knowledge to examination units. At Entry Level, Step Up To English units selected this year are Component 1: Holiday and Component 2:  Exploring. The number of units completed by each group will vary depending on how near their next step qualification the students are. Functional Skills English Level 1 and 2 students will be engaging with examination Reading and Writing past papers and using ‘The Island’ as a stimulus to complete the Speaking, Listening & Communication component of their examination work.

English Currculum Cover Pages


ENG Cycle 1 P2 KS5 SoW FCS Heroes & Superheroes

ENG Cycle 1 P2+ KS5 SoW FCS Heroes & Superheroes

ENG Cycle 1 P3 KS5 SoW FCS Heroes & Superheroes

ENG Cycle 2 P2 KS5 SoW FCS Fairytales Reloaded PreEntry + S1

ENG Cycle 2 P2+ KS5 SoW FCS Fairytales Reloaded Entry S2 + G

ENG Cycle 2 P3 KS5 SoW FCS Fairytales Reloaded Level 1+

ENG Cycle 3 P2 KS5 SoW FCS The Island ELC PreEntry + S1

ENG Cycle 3 P2+ KS5 SoW FCS The Island ELC S2+G

ENG Cycle 3 P3 KS5 SoW FCS The Island Level 1+


Pupils are grouped in classes based on age, ability and previous accreditations achieved. Work is differentiated for pupils and they are encouraged to work as independently as possible. Learning within maths utilises spiral learning, so key concepts and skills are retaught each time to counter regression and then to increase difficulty. Pupils are given the opportunity to generalise the learning outside of the classroom and apply these to real life situations outside of Meadow. Pupils will only be entered into an exam if deemed suitable and appropriate by the Maths Faculty Leader and Class Teacher.

GCSE (WJEC) Foundation (accredited)

Edexcel Functional Skills Level 1 (accredited)

Life Skills 1 Year SOW

Consolidation Learning 2 Year Cycle 

AQA Entry Level 2 (2 years - accredited)

AQA Entry Level 3 (2 years - accredited)

Everyday Maths 2 Year Cycle


Maths curriculum matrix

Maths KS4_5 cover page Entry Levels 

Maths KS5 Consolidation Entry Level Cover Pages

Maths KS5 Everyday Maths Cover Pages

Maths KS5 Lifeskills SOW cover sheet

Maths Level 1 Functional Skills Cover Pages

PSHCE / RSE / British Values


Vocational Pathway

Meadow High school offers a wide range of Vocational Pathways to Sixth form pupils so that they can learn and develop essential employability skills for their increased independence. All these pathways are run under close supervision and guidance of our experienced staff.  Year 13 students participate in various Vocational Pathways one a day a week. Some of the pathways are off-site. Pupils attend various Vocational Pathways on a rotational system. Each Pathway lasts 1 half term and students get the opportunity to trial several vocational experiences. When a student is ready to extend their experience, they have the opportunity to complete various work placements off site - for a minimum of one day a week.

Onsite Work Experience - Teaching Assistant 

Onsite Work Experience - Site Team

Onsite Work Experience - Cleaner

Onsite Work Experience - Car Wash

Onsite Work Experience - Tuck Shop

Onsite Work Experience - Charity Shop

Food Bank, Coop - Retail

Self Study Time

Farm - Animal Care and Horticulture

Team Enterprise - Arts & Crafts

Construction - HS2



Within the Life Skills curriculum, 6th Form students are given the opportunity to explore 6 different subject areas to further enhance their independence skills and in preparation of their future career choices. The 6 areas and their aims are:  

  • Travel training: to develop confidence in crossing roads safely and using public transport and to gain awareness of safety when travelling on foot, bus or train.
  • Personal Safety: to know how to manage emergencies, understand how to keep their home safe and how to feel safe and confident when out in public and equally when at home.
  • World of Work: to know how to behave in an interview situation and when in the workplace acquire skills and knowledge of  interview responses and appropriate conversations when at work, to gain skills required to work in customer service. 
  • Home Management: to know how to maintain cleanness in their home, to learn how to set up their own home, to understand how to manage household expenses.
  • Childcare: to develop awareness of caring for babies and young children, to understand the level of responsibility required to supervise care and to know what milestones to expect in child development.
  • Adultcare: to understand  what is required to support the elderly or vulnerable adults, to know the health needs to be aware of when working with the elderly. 

Road Safety:

AQA Use of Public Transport 71167

Personal Care:

AQA Safety
in the Home

World of Work:

Problem Solving               


Working with Numbers

IT in the Workplace

Home Management: 

AQA Furnishing a  on a Budget Flat 108775


AQA Care of a New Born Baby 22604

Adult Care:

AQA Health Needs of Children and Elderly People LE5873


Subject Area: Employability in ICT, E-Safety

Project Titles: Digital Footprint, my Digital Footprint, Health and Safety, Passwords

The main aim of this unit is to expose students to developing skills in ICT that can prepare them for employability by also remaining safe online and to protect them in their use of electronic technology

Students will work through the unit completing focused activities in groups and independently to: familiarise themselves with how to create a positive online image of themselves, thus preventing leaving a negative digital footprint. And learning about health and safety in ICT where there are various health problems associated with the regular use of computers. Creating secure passwords, to stop strangers from accessing private and confidential information.

Food Technology

Subject Area: Life Skills, Food Technology

Pathway 2 students will learn how to behave in a mature and responsible manner while working in the kitchen and how to work in a safe, hygienic and organised way. They will produce a dish of their choice using good hygienic practices. The main learning intention is for pupils to be able to consistently apply food safety and hygiene rules in practical situations, to distinguish between healthy and unhealthy foods and be able to prepare meals  within a given budget. 

Pathway 3/4  students will consolidate and develop their skills and knowledge regarding basic safety and hygiene in the kitchen and will learn about food handling, preparation and appropriate storage. They will plan and prepare healthy budget meals. The key learning intention is for the pupils to be able to not only prepare but more importantly to plan and budget simple and healthy meals as independently as possible



Double Options

Course Title: Art for Pleasure - Enrichment

Exam board: This is a 1 year course with a non accreditation focus.

Creative Media and Performance Arts- Art and Design WJEC or AQA unit Entry Level Art Awards are also offered, if taken over a 2 year cycle and if pupils meet the Submission requirements. The qualification is nationally recognised and is 100% coursework.

A 2 year cycle the course covers the following disciplines:                                        

  • Painting and Drawing
  • Product Design
  • Learning about professional practice in Arts disciplines 
  • Photographic Research, Filming and  ICT.       
  • Exploring and  making a range of 2D and 3D outcomes, including craft products using new and recycled materials 

Course Title: Entry Pathways - Options Standard Accredited studying Creative Media and Performance Arts- Art and Design . 

Exam board: WJEC. The qualification is nationally recognised and is 100% coursework.

Over the two year cycle the course covers the following disciplines:                          

  • Painting and Drawing
  • Printmaking  
  • 3D making 
  • Photographic Research, Filming and  ICT.     
  • Artist research, Art movements and styles     


Course Title: Art and Design - GCSE and AS Level

Exam board: WJEC

Depending on ability students will follow one of the following courses:

a) 2 year GCSE course – This course allows pupils to pick up the skills needed to sit the exam at a more leisurely pace. (If pupils later decide the GCSE Exam is not for them they can still enter their work for Entry Level Pathway instead.)

b) 2 Year Combination course-Studying GCSE in year 1 and AS Level in Year 2 or an additional 3rd year (The full A Level course is offered to students in exceptional circumstances).


Fine Art-GCSE Art and Design | Eduqas


Fine Art- AS Level 

A Level Art and Design | Eduqas


Double Options

Btec Level 1 Construction

The course is designed to give students the knowledge required to carry out various construction trade related tasks. The main areas covered by the course are-


●  Bricklaying

●  Carpentry

●  Painting and Decorating

Students have the opportunity to gain valuable practical experience and skills in a realistic learning environment through various practical tasks and assessments. The students will also learn about the structure of the construction industry, health and safety and sustainability.


Double Options

Option 1: GCSE Biology  - This GCSE is for students that enjoy science and have an inquisitive mind with a keen interest in Biology. 

Units covered:

1. Cell biology

2. Organisation

3. Infection and response

4. Bioenergetics

5. Homeostasis and response

6. Inheritance, variation and evolution

7. Ecology

8. Key ideas


Option 2: Science Enrichment  - This is an non accredited course based on the GCSE Biology framework. This course is for students that would like to explore and expand their knowledge in Biology in a practical way.


Double Options

The key learning intention is to provide learning opportunities that reflect the catering/working environment as much as possible and enable the learners to raise their awareness of the working world and understand job roles within the catering and hospitality industry as well as develop their cooking and customer service skills. Alongside practical skills, learners should work towards their Food Hygiene and Safety Certificate at Level 1or 2



Single Option

The Hairdressing department at Meadow High School focuses on our learners developing skills and knowledge in a practical skill set. This therefore supports their ability to encounter real life situations and to work in a realistic working environment. This course has been created to provide experience to widen basic industry skills, with a focus on communication and client care. This is a bespoke course that develops the pupils’ learning and personal growth in a nurturing and supportive environment. Learners develop excellent communication skills, build practical skills in a multiple sector environment and help them prepare for progression and employment within the hair and beauty sector. These skills can lead to a successful career in the hairdressing industry.The hairdressing lessons involve interacting with a variety of clients who each have their own likes and dislikes, and an important part of the hairdresser's job is to actively listen to and communicate with each client both verbally and non-verbally. This course applies to those who have a keen interest in working within the hair and beauty industry


Single Option

Our vision is for horticulture to inspire our pupils and encourage them to be inquisitive about the world. Working outdoors on the school allotment nurtures our students’ innate curiosity and enables them to develop a range of skills that are useful across their learning both now and in their future lives. We offer:

Level 1 Award in practical Horticulture that include: 

Unit 102: Plant container grown subjects- 3 credits- Mandatory unit

Unit 108:  Plant flower bulbs for naturalisation or bedding- 2 credits

Unit 123: Sow seed indoors in containers- 2 credits


Single Option

Course Title: AQA Unit Award- HISTORY

Exam board: AQA

Course overview: 

Students choosing history should have an interest in the past and enthusiasm for the subject. We will focus on analysing key historical events and developments to better understand the modern world. History develops many skills such as independent and analytical thinking, working with evidence and understanding events from the point of view of others. History reinforces and aids other subjects, especially English.

You will learn anything from the below units:

●    Black History                                

●   Second World War              

●   Hitler and the Nazi Party      

●    First World War                 

●   Women’s History       


Single Option

Course Title:  Media Studies Entry Level/Level 1

Exam board: AQA

Course description:

The courses available to Media Studies in Sixth Form for students will depend on the class group, the school time table and student ability.

Media Studies gives students the chance to develop a critical understanding of the role of the media in daily life. It encourages an understanding of how to use key media concepts when analysing and producing their own work. The qualification is nationally recognised and is 100% coursework.

Resistant Materials

Single Option

Course Title: Resistant Materials Entry Level

Exam board: NCFE

Course overview:  

The courses available to Design and Technology Resistant Materials in sixth form for students will depend on the class group, the school time table and student ability.

How are units assessed?

Students will have the opportunity to attain qualification for NCFE and differing levels eg Entry Level 3 to Level 1 and 2 qualification. Design and Technology Resistant Materials in sixth form for students will depend on the class group, the school time table and student ability.

Who is it suitable for?

This qualification is designed for learners who want an introduction to art and design (which lends itself towards Resistant Material) that includes a vocational and project-based element. The qualification will appeal to learners who wish to progress to further study.

PE (Leisure)

Single Option

This option is for Students who have an interest in participating in sport/leisure activities.

Students who choose this option follow a programme of study that allows students to participate in a number of Leisure activities.

Activities  range from leisure activities such as Golf and Volleyball to Badminton and fitness. Students may also be able to make suggestions for activities to participate in. Activities will take place off site as much as possible.

•Non accredited course.

•One double lesson per week.

•No theory, all practical lessons


Single Option

Course Title:  Signalong for Learners 

Exam board: Signalong 

Course description

Students in Key Stage 4 + 5 have the opportunity to work towards a qualification that recognises their existing signing and communication knowledge as well as build on these important skills. They will be required to perform and recognise signs initially and then at Entry 3 perform, recognise and repair signs performed by others. At Level 1 students are required to develop a greater repertoire of signs linked to the Signalong Phase 1 manual as well as a greater understanding of core Signing skills and ‘Total Communication’, Level 2 is a further development of this work. Student work is accredited through Signalong at either Pre-Entry, Entry Levels 1 - 3 or Level 1 and Level 2.  The level of course would be matched to a student's ability with a view to developing skills to allow them to progress through appropriate levels.

Sport Leadership

Single Option

In Key Stage 5 we offer pupils the chance to study Sports Leadership. It is a registered awarding organisation for sports leadership qualifications and awards,  with the vision “for every young person to realise their potential.”

This course is aimed at pupils who have a particular interest in sport and may want to pursue careers within this subject area. The aim of this qualification is to provide basic skills and experiences in leadership that are taught in a sporting context in order to prepare learners to lead a simple sports activity for a small group.  

The course last two years and pupils will work towards achieving; 

  • A learning to lead certificate
  • Level 1 Qualification
  • Level 2 Qualification


Enrichment runs Friday lesson 5 and 6 . During this time it allows students the opportunity to experience activities that are not usually available to them. It allows them to develop their own interests and hobbies that they can continue to access at home, in the community or as they move on to other settings. Our students will be mixing with peers outside of their tutor class and year groups so that they can make new friends and mix with a variety of students and different staff which will promote social skills, communication skills and coping with change.

Most importantly, we are offering students a safe and secure environment to take on new opportunities with supportive staff relationships, so that they have the confidence to attempt new things