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Individual learning towards an independent life


Our KS5 offer is for students who would benefit from a transition year at The Wherry School which can consolidate the progress made so far on their school journey and build on their independence, resilience and self-advocacy - a bespoke provision which will consider the holistic needs of each student.


The curriculum will be individually tuned to each student, dependent on the needs identified by;

  • the students themselves
  • their parents/carers
  • their KS4 teachers and staff 
  • their EHCP and Wherry Support Plan 


Academic Curriculum

The academic curriculum is designed to meet the needs of each student.  Students can retake GCSE Foundation level Maths and/or English if needed.  This will be delivered from The Wherry School base.  Functional and/or Entry Level English and Maths will also be available.  There is the potential to re-take other GCSEs in the school as well, which can be discussed on a 1:1 basis.


In addition, The Wherry School works closely with other post-16 providers across the city (and further if needed) to enable students to access a Level 2, Level 3, BTec or A Level course which matches their ambition and ability level.  For example, if a student wished to do A Level Psychology, we can work with a partner organisation to enroll them on a course and support them to be able to access the course (e.g. through Titan, support staff to assist in the initial transition etc). They would remain a Wherry student and access the remainder of their timetable with The Wherry. 


Preparation for Adult Life (PfAL) Curriculum


Life Skills

We offer a curriculum which actively supports our students to prepare for adult life.  All students will complete the Ascentis Life Skills Award which introduces students to the essential skills needed to establish an independent lifestyle. 


This curriculum will include:

  • Yourself and Others
  • Learning Skills
  • Keeping Healthy and Safe
  • Community and Leisure
  • Time and Money
  • Carrying Out a Practical Activity
  • Understanding Relationships
  • Understanding Sexual Relationships*
  • Sexual and Personal Health*
  • Managing Social Relationships*


* These units are part of an extended certificate course and may not be available to all students depending on their timetabled commitments.


Preparation for Work

Working with our careers team, Work Experience Norfolk and local employers, we put together a work experience opportunity or opportunities for each student which will give a sense of the norms and expectations within the work environment.  

Additionally, all students complete a qualification on employability skills (Pearson BTEC Award in Workskills ) which will enable the students to increase their confidence, skills and competency in the workplace as well as understanding the job market and recruitment processes.

Year 12 Curriculum Overview