Gardening in the Sixth Form


As part of the vocational work about gardening and the home we have been learning to identify weeds.  These are photographs some of the students took of the weeds found whilst exploring our Sixth Form grounds and I’m sure you’ll agree that they definitely need sorting out!!  We are going to learn about the tools needed for the job and hopefully clear out these bedding boxes so that the Sixth Form continues to look as fantastic from the outside as it does on the inside!  …An important lesson for those looking towards the option of independent living in the future, those looking to work in the horticulture industry and those that just like to help their parents in the garden during the weekend!

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Welcome Back!


I hope you all had a lovely summer break and managed to do lots of exciting and fun things as well as finding a bit of time to relax.  It’s great to see everyone looking so well and I think a few of the students have spent their summer holidays stood in grow bags as they seem to have had a growth spurt!

The Sixth Form timetable is in the front of the student diary and also on this blog.  With two teachers this year, Tom and Sam with be teaching a vocational option each on the Tuesday.  Those students who chose Gardening and the Home will be working with Tom and those learning about animal care will be working with Sam.  Sam will be taking responsibility for all of the teaching on a Wednesday with Tom teaching on all of the other days.  (This is a lot more straightforward than it sounds when written down here and allows for us to work together, share our expertise and continue to develop and deliver outstanding learning opportunities for all of our Sixth Form students!)

We will try and update our blog regularly with photographs and plenty of information about all of the exciting learning we are doing in the Sixth Form so please keep updated by checking our blog and leaving us plenty of comments that we can share with the students.

Tom, Sam and the Sixth Form Team


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Wow what a day!



We started with a walk up Gummers Howe.  It was a little slippy at times and pretty steep but what a view from the top! Definitely worth the walk! Once at the top there were a few cows which meant we explored a new adventurous route to the bottom.  We walked through fields of long grass, sections of mud and did our best (mostly!) to avoid the cow pats! Onward bound we arrived at Brown Howe for lunch with a beatufiul view of Conniston.  We continued on a scenic route to our gyhll scramble. Here we put on our buoyancy aids, waterproofs and helmets before heading towards the stream.  We took our first steps into the water and set off on the hair raising ascent upstream.  Needless to say, there were a few tense moments, and yes, we all ended up soaking wet! What an achievement – we all made it to the top!

We had another wonderful evening meal with a Mexican theme – Nachos and chilli con carni followed by a cheesecake.

We have spent the evening in the depths of the woods with a campfire toasting marshmallows before finishing off with a fantastic talent show!

Signing off on night two (hopefully with a bit more sleep!)


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Castle Head Day 1


We made it! We’ve had a busy first day, we begun by learning how to make a fire in our bushcraft activity and some students made shelters (although nobody wanted to sleep in it!) Next we got our helmets on and headed to the low ropes course – The students were definitely braver than the staff and EVERYONE completed the course! Our final outdoor activity was the assault course and we all finished very muddy but full of smiles! We enjoyed a delicious evening meal; soup starter, BBQ chicken, risotto, aubergine pizza and sweet potato fries with a chocolate cake to finish, there was empty plates all round! We’ve ended our night with snacks, games and films in the games room with some students opting for a sweaty game of football instead. Signing off for what we hope is an early night. We will update you on our adventures tomorrow. Goodnight from Castle Head! 

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Healthy Eating Day


Lots of healthy food tasting today! 🙂

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Midweek MADD Week


Todays MADD week activities included circus skills and lots and lots of art!

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Festival Photos


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Summer Festival


Yesterday we held our first Post 16 Summer Festival and invited our Sixth Form friends from all across Lancashire.  The event was very popular and we had a total of 93 people out on the field in the sun.  At the festival we had students performing, face painting, crafts and tie-dye as well as a chill out out campfire area and somewhere to explore the mud and all of the things that get left behind in a campsite.  We all had a great time making new friends and exploring all of the fun of the festival!


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Welcome Back


I hope you all had a lovely Easter Break.  It’s great to see that everyone has returned to the Sixth Form refreshed and ready for another exciting half term!  Just to let you know, you should have all received a new summer individual learning plan and personalised overview of the curriculum for the coming half term.  There’s still a few floating around in school bags so it would be great if you could check these over the weekend just to make sure.

Remember to check the blog next week for more photographs and information about the exciting things we have been learning!

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Sun and Sport



This week we’ve made the most of the sun with a walk into Kirkham to buy some last minute props and costumes from the charity shop. Whilst out we’ve put into practise all of our road safety work, pressing the button pelican crossing and waiting for the green man! Performance day is Wednesday – I hope you’ve got your tickets!

We’ve also been to Blackpool for our sports session. This week the sports hall was cold so we kept our coats on but soon warmed up once we started our races!

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