• Arbour Vale School, Farnham Road, Slough, Berkshire, SL2 3AE
  • 01753 515 560
  • office@arbourvaleschool.org

Update: Thursday 26th January – Fully Open 

An update from the Principal regarding the recent heating issues can be found here.

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Post 16 Phase

Head of Post 16: Sidonie Garcia

Team Manager: Jane Cross

Our vision

To provide the young person with the skills and experience needed to transition into Adult Life

The main emphasis of the Post 16 provision is preparation for transition. During their time in the Department, the students experience a range of vocational and life skills based courses. Functional skills, creativity and physical activity are additional elements of the curriculum

It is important that the students gain a range of life and independent skills in real life contexts. For this reason, a strong emphasis is placed on them accessing and using community facilities and gaining work experience at venues within school and the local community.

Curriculum and accredited courses

The Post 16 Curriculum is divided into the following areas;

Core Skills (Maths and English)

Life Skills (Citizenship and Community, Meal Preparation, Healthy Living, Home Management and Vocational Studies)

Physical Activity (PE lessons, Physiotherapy, Dance and Sports Option)

Creativity (Art, Dance and Creative Projects)

Depending on each individual needs our students follow the Informal, Semi- Formal or Formal Curriculum.

Summary of the Post 16 Curriculum (Formal and Semi formal)

General Intents:

  • Develop independence
  • Prepare for Adult Life
  • Develop self-help skills
  • Maintain Good Health
  • Access travel training
  • Being able to use local facilities
  • Demonstrate good citizenship skills (including maintaining friendships and relationships)
  • Facilitate transition

 Accreditation fits alongside the schemes of work where appropriate.

Accreditation and Programmes of Study are:

Formal Curriculum

  • ASDAN Living Independently Short Course
  • Arts Award Bronze level 1
  • Edexcel Functional Skills entry 3-level 1

Semi-Formal Curriculum

  • ASDAN Towards Independence modules

Transition from the Post 16 Department leads to:

 Formal Curriculum Pathway

  • Supported work schemes
  • supported internships opportunities
  • College (independent travel)
  • Employment

 Semi-Formal Curriculum Pathway

The transition from Arbour Vale School for these students leads to:

  • College (parents in charge of transport)
  • Supported activities taking place in the Community e.g. Step Together
  • Living with own family/carers
  • Supported vocational experiences

Post 16 Curriculum Overview

Life Skills

Life Skills Diagram

Post 16 Department Prospectus

2022 Post 16 Leavers Destinations

Latest News

Sensory Circuit Workshop

On Wednesday 18th January 2023, Arbour Vale Staff hosted a Sensory Circuit workshop for parents led by the Occupational Therapists. Parents had the opportunity to come in and experience a practical session of activities used in sensory circuits to give …

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Christmas Jumper Day

We have been getting into the Christmas spirit at Arbour Vale School this week by wearing our festive jumpers for Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day. We also enjoyed our Christmas dinners and it has been lovely to celebrate with …

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Parents learn Seesaw

On Monday 14th November 2022, Arbour Vale School hosted a Seesaw workshop for parents and carers. Seesaw is the platform that we use to set home learning for our pupils. This was an interactive session where parents and carers were …

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Seesaw Training Session

Our ICT leader, James Akerman will be running a Seesaw training session for parents and carers on Monday 14th November 9.30 – 10.30am. Seesaw is the platform we use at Arbour Vale School to enable pupils to access remote learning. …

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