Adventurers Department

Adventurers Department

Our offer to Post 16 students is differentiated to their individual needs.

We offer life skills learning for all our students, keeping an emphasis on literacy, numeracy, PSD and finally transition and employability in Year 3.

Our Post 16 experience starts with our nurturing class, Ospreys, with the transition from KS4 to Post 16.

Year 1

During this year we secure good relationships with parents to enable them to make informed choices as their young person transitions from child to adult in the wider world. This gives parents and the young person confidence for their future choices.

As soon as my daughter was told which class she was going into last July we received a social story and information from her new class teacher. This communication has been kept during the whole school year. Any changes in the class we have been told about, this has made a big difference to her behaviour. We have also received newsletters each half term with information about what they have been doing, including pictures and what they will be doing in the next half term.            

Parent at end of daughter’s first year in Post 16

In this transition year we offer ASDAN Towards Independence, Developing Skills in Numeracy and Developing skills in Literacy. We also start Year 1 ASDAN Personal Progress Diploma and Towards Independence E-safety award.

The curriculum enables young people to diversify their knowledge and understanding of past learning into a life skill. There is an emphasis on Personal and Social Development with many activities being taken off site in the community and linking with other schools and facilities.

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Watersports at North Harbour Visiting different cafes for money skills


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Visiting the Acorn Community Centre Swimming in the community

Year 2

Our offer continues with further development of:-

  • The ASDAN Personal Progress Diploma
  • The start of the ASDAN PSD Diploma
  • Edexcel entry level Maths and English
  • ASDAN Employability Award
  • The Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award

All students will continue to learn the life skills necessary for the most independent life they can achieve, widening their experiences and pushing boundaries for adventure, resilience, sociability and perhaps some form of supported employment.

Employability opportunities begin within the school environment with such activities as; work in the office, being a classroom assistant in the younger classes, sport leaders, and working with the site manager.

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Duke of Edingburgh Bronze expedition Oceania nightclub Southampton, joint special schools event


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Sustainability Centre: Transition Highbury College: transition


Year 3

The third year in Post 16 sees our students through the final year of the ASDAN Personal Progress Diploma, PSD and Employability awards and E-Safety, Edexcel entry Maths and English and transition opportunities. We offer our young people the chance to experience college placements and employability opportunities available when they leave school such as; The Sustainability Centre, Right to Work and Portsmouth Craft & Manufacturing Industry (PCMI). Some students have the opportunity to progress on to elements of the Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Courses that are on offer

1) Year 12 students study two modules in Towards Independence for a year which comprise of Introduction to Numeracy and Introduction to Communication. The award is then internally moderated and certificates achieved in the summer term.

2) The modules in Personal Progress are divided into a rolling programme of three years to enable all students to leave school with a Diploma in Personal Progress. The modules completed include:

  • Following instructions
  • Looking after your own home
  • Participating in sporting activities
  • Keeping safe
  • Being healthy
  • Looking after yourself
  • Preparing snacks and drinks
  • Having your say
  • Engaging in new creative activities
  • Using a community facility
  • Looking and acting the part
  • Getting on with other people
  • Personal presentation
  • Knowing what money is used for/ or Early mathematics
  • Travel in the community

To achieve a Diploma in Personal Progress the student must complete 37 credits; each credit is broadly equivalent to 10 hours of learning. If fewer credits are achieved the qualification can be awarded as follows:

  • An Award in Personal Progress 8 credits
  • A Certificate in Personal Progress is 14 credits
  • Unit certificates can be awarded if less than 8 credits are achieved.

3) The modules in ASDAN Personal and Social Development are divided into a three year rolling programme as well. The modules which are assessed are:

  • Making the most of leisure time
  • Parenting awareness
  • Environmental awareness
  • Healthy living
  • Personal safety in the home and community
  • Managing own money
  • Using technology in the home and community
  • Community Action
  • Preparation for work

Each student will follow the units of study and be assessed on the same continuum as the Personal Progress Award and will specify the level of adult support necessary for them to enable achievement as outlined below section 4.

4) The modules in the Employability Skills Development course are:

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Customer awareness
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Working with numbers
  • Exploring job opportunities
  • Health and safety in the workplace

Each student who qualifies for the Employability Skills Award will leave us with a certificate. This will enable the student to progress onto other work related learning courses at college.

The students' achievements are assessed by allocating a P Level/National Curriculum reference to their work, as and when this is appropriate. An assessment grid of life skills in the areas of Maths, Communication and PSD are also levelled to show progression. These are then analysed and correlated to the P levels. Levels of support are used to show how the student has achieved the activity. They show individual progression and differentiation between students.

These are:


The ASDAN courses are all assessed using an Achievement Continuum. This takes into account students who need a very sensory learning experience to students whose skill set builds enabling them to be more independent learners.

The titles on the Achievement Continuum are:

  1. Encounter
  2. Early Awareness
  3. Interest
  4. Supported Participation
  5. Active Involvement
  6. Development
  7. Exploration
  8. Initiation
  9. Consolidation
  10. Application

All students compile a portfolio to demonstrate how they have met the requirements of the modules on each qualification. These portfolios are then externally moderated by ASDAN.

5) Accredited Awards

Some students working at National Curriculum Levels in Maths will be offered Entry Level Maths Certification. This is done on a 2 to 3 year programme where students aim for Level 1 by the middle of yr13 allowing the more able to progress onto Level 2 and even Level 3 by the end of yr14.

Entry Level English is being offered to the most able yr14 students with assessments in Reading, Writing and Speaking & Listening.

Entry Level Awards are accredited courses run by Edexcel and assessed with tests marked internally but then externally moderated by an Exams Verifier from the Pearson Examinations Board.

6) The Duke of Edinburgh Award (Bronze and Silver)

This course is offered for more able SLD students who have the right aptitude to follow a long and gruelling course, with a willingness to learn new skills and persevere under duress.

There are 4 sections to the award, each one taking 3 months to complete with one of them having to be followed for 6 months:

  • Physical
  • Volunteer
  • New Skill
  • Expedition

7) Links with other Establishments

Complementing the ASDAN units are opportunities to be involved in inter-school sports activities such as Five a Side Football, Cricket or New Age Kurling tournaments. Opportunities to use Day Service run facilities, such as Community Cafes and Keep Fit, as well as the Wintershill Countryside Learning Project. Recent acquisition of CPR kits from the British Heart Foundation have helped to increase awareness of First Aid and some students have the chance to follow a course on First Aid run by the British Red Cross specifically aimed at students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

The Year 14 Transition Programme is set up to give the students experience in a variety of differing establishments available to them when they leave school. This year students followed a five week programme of a morning a week at Highbury College, East Meon Sustainability Centre and the Fitzroy Centre in Waterlooville. In addition there are opportunities to have work experience outside of the school environment and our links with Havant Job Centre have given the students more exciting prospects and projects to become involved in.